It was just under two years ago that the Rail Engineer went to Birmingham to look at the Midland Metro Alliance programme (issue 146, December 2016). This was a time of preparation with corporate structures bedding down and a...
Rail Minister Jo Johnson visited South Yorkshire for the long-awaited launch of a new tram-train service between Sheffield and Rotherham.
You want to reopen a disused rail line. You’ve got permission to do so, you have organised to close, re-route or otherwise deal with rights of way over the infrastructure and you have found a way to deal with...

Trams without rails

The world’s cities are getting bigger. Between 2016 and 2030, the planet’s urban population is forecast to grow from 54 to 60 per cent of the world’s total. Over these years, the number of cities with one million inhabitants...

Siemens’ success in USA

In recent decades, there has been a noticeable revival of rail in the US and Canada. The volume of passengers is rising, the number of rail routes and networks growing, infrastructure and rolling stock are being modernised. In line...

Wheels keep turning

The wheels on the UK’s largest light rail network will continue turning, thanks to the early completion of a brand new lathe. The flanged wheels of all rail vehicles, while they may look superficially quite simple in shape, are...
The Midland Metro Alliance came into effect on 4 July this year with the ambitious remit to expand the Midland Metro network still further. It is a partnership of nine organisations that aims to “transform the West Midlands by...

Looking Ahead

Most of us probably haven’t tried it, but driving a tram along busy inner-city streets can’t be the easiest of jobs. Sometimes it’s hard enough in a road vehicle. Other drivers just seem to do the daftest things, don’t they?...
Since late summer, the Nottingham Tram network (NET) has more than doubled in size with the opening of its southern and western extensions to Clifton and Toton respectively. 27 new stops have been added, making a total of 51. The...

Battery-powered tram record

Trams are great people movers. After an early boom, many systems around the world were removed and replaced by buses, but that trend is being reversed in many cities, while others never lost their beloved trams. However, while the tracks...

Crossrail opening goes back to 2021

The estimated completion date of Crossrail, the new railway running under London from West to East, has now been put back to...