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Class 769 Flex in Action

On a sunny afternoon in early November, Rail Engineer travelled to Rothley station on the Great Central Railway, at the invitation of Porterbrook Leasing,...

175 years of progress

Electrification of the Great Western main line (GWML) reached a new milestone at the end of October when, following the installation of overhead electrical...

Current research on railway electrification systems

Railway electrification provides faster and reliable train journeys compared to those of diesel trains and a strong reduction of pollution in busy stations and...

Safer isolations

In 1883, Magnus Volk heralded the dawn of a new era in Great Britain with the opening of Volk’s Electric Railway, which, 135 years...

Liverpool Lime Street completion

In September 2016 (issue 143), Rail Engineer reported on the development and the proposed designs for the extensive remodelling and resignalling of Liverpool Lime...

New platforms at London Waterloo

The final phase of the major investment by Network Rail to increase capacity on the routes in and out of London Waterloo station is...

Autonomous trams demonstrated in public

Taxi firm Addison Lee announced in mid October that it would be introducing driverless autonomous cars in London by 2021 (its über-competitor Uber has...

An update on the West Midlands Metro

It was just under two years ago that the Rail Engineer went to Birmingham to look at the Midland Metro Alliance programme (issue 146,...

Rebuilding nature’s networks with the railway

Rail’s role in securing a more sustainable future has never been clearer or more important. The sector is already embedding sustainability values into everyday...

Crossrails considered

The confident prediction that Crossrail (the Elizabeth line) would open its central core in December this year has been shattered by the recent announcement...

The digital railway – progresses to the East Coast Main Line

Following on from the successful, world-first deployment of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) with the European Train Control System (ETCS) on the mainline railway in...

Flood resilience schemes in southwest England

Over recent years, the increasing frequency of flood events causing disruption and closure of the railway in the southwest of England should have caused...

Derby station: 79 days later

Derby station has just undergone a major remodelling, one that the project’s sponsor has described as “perhaps THE biggest remodelling scheme of its type...

Advances in railway cybersecurity

It’s a fact that no organisation is safe from cyber-attack. Threats are evolving minute-by-minute and are becoming increasingly complex. As railways become increasingly dependant...

Wembley North Junction renewal: Collaboration and communication score a success

Reflecting the sporting heritage of the nearby stadium, this successful North London project was the result of unprecedented teamwork across the railway industry. As...

20th Century Heritage, 21st Century Safety

In August 1968, the last scheduled British Railways steam train ran on the British railway network. By then, the heritage movement had already started,...