Refurbishing new rolling stock is an important job - managed in a tough environment where engineers constantly handle potentially dangerous tools in noisy surroundings. As maintenance sheds age, many rail operators face a real problem with compressed air contamination. Compressed...
Today, more people travel by rail than at any point since the 1920s. However, such growth in popularity is resulting in significant pressure to ensure the network can cope with this demand. With an ageing infrastructure and fleet, maximising...
Hogging the limelight is something Crossrail is very good at. And so it should be: successfully threading a new railway through the capital’s subterranean clutter - to a few millimetres’ tolerance and without mishap - is outstanding by any...
The Railtex Awards dinner is one of two opportunities to network and, frankly, have a good time that are available to exhibitors and guests at this year’s show. The first is the Networking Reception at the end of the opening...
Much has been written to explain the operation and benefits of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC). By default, such technology has become associated with modern metro operations around the world. Lines that employ CBTC enjoy a significant increase in...
The Italian state railways (Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane) ran the new Frecciarossa 1000 train between Milan and Rome at the end of April. Built in Italy by a partnership of Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda, the new train - officially a V300ZEFIRO...
The Thameslink programme is going well. A complex project to upgrade the existing route through the centre of London while also adding new London Bridge, which is currently destinations, disruption was always bound to occur but, by 2018, it...
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is investigating a “dangerous occurrence” after a train passed a signal at danger (SPAD) on the approach to Wooton Basset junction in Wiltshire recently. A steam-hauled special, consisting of Battle of Britain class locomotive...
Of all the landscapes from our industrial past, abandoned and disused railways are the perfect places to explore a wealth of wildlife. There are hundreds of secret, forgotten railways which have fallen out of use by people and have...
The buzz around electrification is rife, with no sector receiving more attention in CP5. Network Rail released plans at the beginning of CP5 committing funds to major electrification projects, including the Electric Spine, Great Western, North West and the power supply...

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...