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A hidden gem

When the rail engineer reports on a significant project, it is usual for the precise location to be given. Then readers who know the...

Success in the South

The Kent Coast electrification of the late 1950s was all about eliminating steam traction and only partial modernisation of signalling on the North Kent...

Oresome tunnel works

Coal miners are back in the Southeast of England. Twenty three years after the closure of the Betteshanger, the last pit in the Kent...

Strengthening masonry arches

For nearly fifteen years, the arch strengthening design and build service known as Archtec has been successfully used by many bridge owners to help...

Signalling the Link

Saturday 12th November 2011 saw the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, Minor Railways Section (MRS) hold their biennial technical seminar at Kidderminster Railway Museum,...

STAMP and other acronyms

Network Rail held a Signalling Suppliers’ Technical Conference in the Royal York Hotel on the 16 November 2011. This was one of a series of...

Cyber Threat

It is unusual for an article in the rail engineer not to contain a rail-related engineering story. Yet this subject needs to be heeded by...

The dismantling plan

There was genuine dismay in parts of the North-East when Auf Wiedersehen, Pet re-emerged from TV oblivion in 2002. Not because of Jimmy Nail’s singing...

Mind the gap!

Any railway is in constant motion. Not just the trains and the passengers, but the infrastructure too. The track moves in its ballast. Ballast moves...

Strategic Aspects of Rail Welding

The Institute of Rail Welding’s seminar at the BOC site in Wolverhampton on 15 November 2011 had a slightly less technical flavour than usual...

Russian Renaissance

They know how to celebrate in Russia. The Second Russian Railway Congress may not sound like much of a party but its celebration of...

ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) in Operation

Much has been written about ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) since its inception some 10 years ago and much more will emerge as...

Trans Siberian Landbridge

Asia has many railways, but the Trans Siberian is the only line which links eastern Asia to western Russia without a change of gauge. Although...

Signalling products for the seven day railway

In November 2008, SigAssure UK was created by a team of railway signalling engineers who were convinced that the railway industry in the UK...

The Challenge of Today’s Railway

Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum once again held their annual conference in the Derby Conference Centre, a truly historic railway location; the training school...

Screw pile solution

Any railway lineside structure, and any other building for that matter, is only as good as its foundations. Because they can’t be seen, buried as...