London Underground (LU) is one of the oldest and busiest metro systems in the world. The system opened in 1863 and today carries 1.37 billion passengers a year as its trains travel 83.6 million kilometres. There are 270 stations -...
Amongst all of the other resignalling schemes that are underway at present - Cardiff, Bristol, North Wales, Derby, Norwich Yarmouth Lowestoft, Waterloo, Birmingham and Cornwall amongst others - there is one that is often overlooked. Siemens Rail Automation was awarded...

A challenging weekend

Wearing sunglasses and a large-brimmed sun hat, London Underground’s head of train systems engineering is standing in the rain in a Leicestershire field. Writes Nigel Wordsworth Close by, the professor of Railway Engineering at the University of Huddersfield is looking...
Since Eurostar moved from Waterloo to St Pancras, the International platforms have lain mostly unused. This despite the fact that Waterloo is London’s busiest terminal with 98 million passengers in 2013/14 and a train arriving or departing virtually every...
Over the recent Easter period, Spencer Rail completed a first in this country by successfully moving an 800-tonne pedestrian subway into its final position on a bed of compressed nitrogen gas. Writes Collin Carr The work took place at Rochester...

RIF to ROC in Scotland

Network Rail’s strategy to control the whole UK network from 12 Rail Operating Centres (ROCs) will require existing signalling centres using SSI (solid state interlocking) technology to be ‘re-controlled’. Writes Ian Mitchell The interlockings will remain in place and become...
Remember concrete paved roads? You don’t see many of them now. I wonder why? Well, the continuous bump, bump, bump while riding along was enough to put anyone off, even the most hardy of travellers. I often wonder whether...
Size really is everything nowadays when it comes to bulk freight movement. For evidence, look no further than the Maersk Triple E class, the latest generation of energy-efficient container ships. Carrying 18,270 20-foot boxes, these 400-metre monsters motor along optimally...
For three days in May, the rail industry’s showcase that is Railtex filled the 20,000 square metres of the National Exhibition Centre’s halls 3 and 3a. With over 420 stands from 22 countries, there was much to see. Indeed, it...
Railway maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping the railways safe and reliable. Due to the UK’s ageing fleets, rising maintenance failures are all too often causing costly downtime and setbacks that are a constant concern...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...