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Back to the Future – The historic permanent way is here to stay

There’s no shortage of articles proclaiming the benefits of Hyperloop and Maglev transportation. Yet such features rarely have any serious engineering analysis. In 2012,...

Winning Dawlish’s coastal battles

Work to improve the resilience of the railway infrastructure to climate change is once again in full swing at Dawlish, on the coastal stretch...

Learning from Carmont

Although the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has yet to produce its final report on the fatal train crash at Carmont on 12 August...

Colne Valley Viaduct – HS2’s largest bridge

HS2 is a massive undertaking with many huge contracts already let and underway. The largest bridge will be the Colne Valley Viaduct (CVV) -...

Getting projects right

“There can be no place, I believe, for deniers who are unable to acknowledge that the industry’s reputation, built over many years, was of...

Network Rail carrying out urgent work to stabilise the track near Harlington station

Network Rail is carrying out essential work to stabilise the track north of Harlington station after recent bad weather damaged the railway embankment. Since the...

Trouble with track

It could be argued that the most important asset that a railway has is its track. On Network Rail’s website, under ‘About Us’, it...

Slab track for HS2

Early railway track carried trains running at 50km/h (30mph) with three-tonne axle loads. Over almost 200 years, ballasted track has been developed to the...

Slab Track – Paving the P-Way

Slab tracks, or, more properly, ballastless track systems, are becoming more widely used as alternatives to conventional ballasted track. There are many reasons for this,...

Canal shuts Edinburgh to Glasgow main line

The severe weather on the night of 11/12 August, that led to the tragic derailment outside Stonehaven, also caused far greater infrastructure damage on...

Value of Call Out Contracts! Brandon Emergency – West Coast main line

RBS1 is the Rugby, Birmingham, Stafford line, often referred to as the Birmingham loop. The West Coast main line (WCML) starts at London Euston,...

Rhomberg Sersa’s Swiss Army Knife

Catching up with Europe’s materials handling When someone who has had over forty years in the railway industry says that a machine is probably one...

Blockade success at Guildford despite the lockdown

The track layout for the various junctions at Guildford, serving routes in several directions, were in need of scheduled renewal as a consequence of...

Track renewal at Botley

Over the late May bank holiday and the following week, South Rail Systems Alliance (Colas Rail, Network Rail and AECOM) engineers replaced just under...

Getting rail drainage back on track

What if there was a tried and tested solution to speed up trackside drainage times by a factor of 10, simultaneously reducing installation costs...

Parisian politics divide deal for British Steel

Guest Writer: Daniel Pyke - Rail expert and railway technical marketing professional Early March was a turbulent time for the UK, with the unfolding virus...