Here we are in November, and yet it seems only yesterday that we were cheering on our athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. It was all a great success, in many ways, but now we are...

That sinking feeling

Stanlow Abbey was not a lucky place. Built on the Mersey’s south bank, the last decade of the thirteenth century brought flooding, storm damage and fire. No surprise then that its resident monks craved calmer waters, finding them 40...
This article will make only brief reference to the railway. It is mainly concerned with otters, bats, fish, birds, trees, farmers, fishermen and river engineering. One of Devon’s major rivers, the Taw, flows roughly north-west from the northern flanks...

Completing the GNGE

The 08:55, departing from Platform 1 at Peterborough on 9 March, was a special service. On board were Network Rail route director Phil Verster, project director Neil Lindley and a selection of local politicians and trade press. At its first...
Network Rail has awarded Atkins a £29 million contract for the resignalling of the 42km route from Norwich, through Great Yarmouth, to Lowestoft. Atkins will provide a full suite of GRIP Stage 5 to 8 design, engineering, construction, testing and commissioning...

The devil is in the detail

One of the many initiatives being undertaken by Network Rail as part of their plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line (GWML) is the design and construction of a £35 million high-output train currently being built by the...
Last year, the Aberdeen to Inverness Improvement Project (A2I) redoubled 8.5km of track between Aberdeen and Dyce as reported in issue 168 (October 2018). However, this redoubled track could not carry any passenger trains until this year’s completion of the...

Sorting out Shugborough

An unexpected inclusion in Network Rail’s work programme for Christmas 2012 was the relaying of both lines through Shugborough Tunnel. The tunnel, 777 yards long and dating back to 1846, lies on the West Coast Main Line just north of...
In August 1968, the last scheduled British Railways steam train ran on the British railway network. By then, the heritage movement had already started, and the slowness of the Barry scrapyard in South Wales to scrap redundant steam locomotives...
I remember my early days as a railway engineer, when it was our job to carry out a detailed site survey in preparation for a track renewal. I also remember the words of wisdom offered to me by the...

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...