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Low-cost, lightweight rail vehicles for low-density routes

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...

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...

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...

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...

Midland Metro – an alliance for the long term

The Midland Metro Alliance came into effect on 4 July this year with the ambitious remit to expand the Midland Metro network still further....

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...

Surveillance of the new Nottingham Trams

Since late summer, the Nottingham Tram network (NET) has more than doubled in size with the opening of its southern and western extensions to...

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...

Supporting and improving train depot operations across the world

The world is an ever-smaller place, and the rail industry is increasingly being dominated by international companies and global players. However, there is still room...

Nottingham tram extension one step nearer

A party from Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe joined the first group of people to cross onto the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge over Nottingham Station...

New trams run in Birmingham

The Midland Metro opened in 1999, running for 13 miles between Wolverhampton St Georges and Birmingham Snow Hill. Unlike most tram systems, only the...

Buy 12 get 4 free!

Manchester Metrolink has ordered 16 new trams from Bombardier using funds from the government’s Local Growth Fund. The £34 million order, together with an option...

Our own Private tram… to Wednesbury

Ever wanted to get away from the crowds and have your own private train? Well, The Rail Engineer had just that recently - its...

Edinburgh gets its trams

In Edinburgh, there is enthusiasm about the introduction of the city’s tram service on 31 May. Writes David Shirres This much is clear from Twitter...

Making the wheel-rail interface work

The Tram-Train concept allows a railway vehicle to run in two operational modes; as an on-street tram serving city centres but also as a...

Nottingham renewed, refreshed and revised

Nottingham station is unusual in a couple of ways. For a start, it is comparatively new. Whilst many of Britain’s major stations were built...