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The HoldFast Road Rail Highway Proves an Immediate Success

There was a degree of déjà vu at 7.10am 20th March on an obscure but vital stretch of the west coast line at Stromeferry. The...

Smartcards are coming

Thomas Edmondson, a station master on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, invented the paste card ticket in 1837 which saw 150 years of use...

It’s Vital!

This year’s Infrarail show is approaching rapidly, and a look through the list of exhibitors reveals that Vital Rail will be one of them. Vital...

Jubilee Line Transformed

London Underground’s Jubilee Line has had an interesting history. The Stanmore section was originally part of the Metropolitan Line but became a branch of the...

Sustainability’s Rocky Road

Railway engineering is an inspiring business. Few with an engineering interest can fail to be impressed by fast heavy trains, running on perfectly aligned...

Gröna Tåget (The Green Train)

The Swedes are very good at collaboration. So it should be no surprise that a project to develop a new concept of train that...

Rolling Boulders

There have been several instances over the years where trains have hit debris that has fallen onto a track and caused a derailment. In high...

Renewing century-old infrastructure

Written by Phil Sowden, Severn Valley Railway The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) is a standard gauge, heritage railway, predominantly operated by steam locomotives, running between...

Managing Earthworks

Network Rail has an ever more pressing need to manage infrastructure assets so as to minimise their whole life cost. That clearly includes the cost...

Preventing runaways

The classic children’s song The Runaway Train was written in 1925 by Robert E. Massey, Carson Robison and Harry Warren. You may not know...

Ingenuity at the Interface

What do interfaces mean to engineers? Perhaps a good definition would be the interconnection between systems or sub systems from the same or different...

Thameslink’s Canal Tunnels

Written by Paul Insley, Senior Engineer, Balfour Beatty Rail Approximately ten years ago, Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), on behalf of the Thameslink Programme, constructed...

Asking about rubber

With level crossings, and level crossing safety, very much in the public eye, the rail engineer met with Richard Whatley, Managing Director of STRAIL...

Levelling on crossings

“No, I can’t sleep at night! I think of level crossings and level crossing safety all the time as we have so much to...

Cost effective Desktop Signal Sighting to Driver Briefing and beyond

Written by Simon Gardiner, MD Gioconda Desktop signal sighting was last covered in The Rail Engineer in issue 77 (March 2011). Since then, specialist developer...

ERTMS reaches Croatia

The first railway line in Croatia to be equipped with European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) / European Train Control System (ETCS) technology has...