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First light: The Riding Sunbeams trial of solar-powered electric traction

How many times have we looked at clever innovation and wondered why on earth no one thought of doing it before? Often the...

HS2 way out in front in tunnel design for high-speed rail

Now, what are the similarities between Cyrano de Bergerac, the central character in the 1897 play of the same name by Edmond Rostand...

Back to portals

Headspans were necessary but now improved resilience is neededGenerally, the railway electrification schemes that first emerged in Britain, before...

Seven into Four does go – at Thickley Wood footbridge

Thickley Wood footbridge at Shildon, County Durham, is unusual but reflects the growth and decline of the local coalfields. Spanning the historic...

Striving for Innovation: An industry challenge

Signal engineers tend to have a measure of distrust when new ideas and concepts are put forward. This is understandable, given that any radical...

Platforms from polystyrene? Who’d have thought it?

MegaTech celebrates ten years of platforms with a differenceNext time you are standing on a station, waiting for...

Making user-worked crossings safer

User-worked crossings (UWC) are intersections where a railway crosses a right of way such as a road on private land, a footpath or...

Bearing Up for Reliability

With the ever-present focus on putting passengers first, train reliability has to be high up the priority list to achieve this. Modern rolling stock...

SYSTRA buys TSP Projects

Image: Leeds station roof - a TSP project with Network Rail.TSP Projects, the engineering arm of British Steel,...

Bringing more power to Merseyrail

Merseyrail will be introducing new trains to its network around the Liverpool City Region from next year, replacing the current fleet of electric multiple...

Levenmouth re-opening taken forward

On 8 August the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Matheson, announced the go-ahead for detailed design work to support the proposed reopening of the...

Simple and lightweight mounting for digital signalling equipment

AECOM, the global infrastructure services firm, is developing one of the UK’s first 3D-printed commercial products made from graphene-reinforced polymer. The company’s CNCTArch is designed...

Work to restart on Rastatt Tunnel

German national rail infrastructure manager DB Netze has announced that construction work to complete the tunnels under the town of Rastatt will recommence in...

East Midlands Railway: New kid on the block

East Midlands Railway is the new name on the UK rail network, following its successful bid to run the East Midlands franchise.

Finishing the job – redoubling Aberdeen to Inverurie

Last year, the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project (A2I) redoubled 8.5km of track between Aberdeen and Dyce as reported in issue 168 (October 2018)....
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A future role for Bennerley Viaduct

A proposal to install a public access route across Bennerley Viaduct in the East Midlands is currently being considered by planning authorities.