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Training for the Azumas

Virgin East Coast will, in just over a year’s time, begin operating its new fleet of high-speed Azuma trains, currently being built by Hitachi...

Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...

What follows GSM-R?

Rail engineers Clive Kessell and Paul Darlington will deliver the 3rd IRSE Presidential Programme Technical Paper of 2017/2018 on the subject of the successor to...

Schooling local signalling skills

Staff are probably more aware now than ever before about the risk posed by excessive travel to and from railway worksites, yet it continues...

It’s all down to good planning: an interview with Network Rail’s Francis Paonessa

On the face of it, Network Rail didn’t have a bad Christmas in 2014. 11,000 people were deployed to work on 2,000 sites around...

Big data – a new approach to risk analysis and safety management

Big Data Risk Analysis (BDRA) is a new approach to risk analysis and safety management for the railway industry. Led by the Institute of...

The Hansford Review explained

A review led by Professor Peter Hansford, which looks at what Network Rail needs to do to bring more private investment to the railway,...

Review – Institute of Rail Welding Conference 2017

The Institute of Rail Welding (IoRW) was founded 15 years ago by Railtrack as one of the more positive outcomes that followed from the...

Level crossing insight

On 10 April 2016, 1K77, the 12:04 Norwich to Cambridge Class 170 passenger service, struck a tractor and animal feed trailer at Hockham Road...

French rail industry meets at SIFER

The UK has Railtex, Germany InnoTrans, and France SIFER. Staged every two years since 1999, the French event is billed as the country’s only...

5 things we learned from day one of Railtex 2017

Railtex 2017, a three-day international railway exhibition featuring product demonstrations, seminars from key industry figures and plenty of networking, was launched at the NEC...

Railtex 2017 preview – the exhibitors you need to look out for

With over 450 exhibitors, there are certainly plenty of stands to visit at this year's international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services. Rail Engineer...

Rail myth of a rail legend

One of the more intriguing myths that surround Isambard Kingdom Brunel is that he aligned Box tunnel, on the Great Western main line, so...

Simon says – Simon Kirby reflects on 13 years in rail

Simon Kirby left his role as chief executive of HS2 at Christmas, moving on to become chief operating officer for Rolls-Royce worldwide. This ended...

Taking HS2 to completion

So far as many people are concerned, HS2 is a high-profile project that hasn’t started yet. True, there have been some route plans published,...

Adapting to change!

Changing Track was the title of an article in Rail Engineer issue 109 (December 2013). It was the result of an interview that I...