Each year, the UK hosts numerous railway industry events. Most of these concern domestic issues and few have complex technical content throughout. In contrast, more than half the 150 or so participants at the biennial Railway Engineering Conference held in Edinburgh...

Scherbinka’s big show

The biennial international fair of Russian-gauge railway equipment that is PRO//Motion.EXPO took place over four days at the end of August. This year was the seventh such show, which offers static and dynamic exhibits, extensive exhibition halls...
Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019. It looks into what happened on the day and why and...

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Headspans were necessary but now improved resilience is needed Generally, the railway electrification schemes that first emerged in Britain, before the introduction of more recent AC designs, relied on fairly heavy equipment. Multitrack supports were generally...
Thickley Wood footbridge at Shildon, County Durham, is unusual but reflects the growth and decline of the local coalfields. Spanning the historic Stockton & Darlington Railway, this bridge dates from 1857, at which time it was a...
Signal engineers tend to have a measure of distrust when new ideas and concepts are put forward. This is understandable, given that any radical change to signalling practices can have catastrophic consequences if it all goes wrong and accidents occur....
MegaTech celebrates ten years of platforms with a difference Next time you are standing on a station, waiting for a train, look down. Not at your feet - past those. What’s down there? On an...
User-worked crossings (UWC) are intersections where a railway crosses a right of way such as a road on private land, a footpath or a bridleway. Any gates or barriers provided often need to be operated manually, with some crossings requiring...
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 is being equipped with many electronic systems that bring their own maintenance and reliability challenges.

SYSTRA buys TSP Projects

Image: Leeds station roof - a TSP project with Network Rail. TSP Projects, the engineering arm of British Steel, has been acquired by French consultancy and engineering concern Systra. The move...

EAD and CE marking of geohazard products

Experts from Swiss protection-system markeyt leader Geobrugg explain the importance of CE marks, European Assurance Documents (EADs) and warns users of...