It was just under two years ago that the Rail Engineer went to Birmingham to look at the Midland Metro Alliance programme (issue 146, December 2016). This was a time of preparation with corporate structures bedding down and a...
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 decisions to deliver wider societal benefits through better management of the natural environment. However, the...

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 that a nine-month delay will be incurred, with the line now not expected to open...
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 passenger service through the Thameslink core, the focus moves to the planned £1.8 billion East...
Over recent years, the increasing frequency of flood events causing disruption and closure of the railway in the southwest of England should have caused even hardened climate-change deniers to begin to question their beliefs. Investment in several projects designed to...
New pointwork in place, simplifying the southern approach to Derby station.

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 in recent years”. Rail Engineer published a preview of the works planned for Derby (issue...
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 on digital technologies, with IP (internet protocol) used for devices from CCTV cameras to mission-critical...
Reflecting the sporting heritage of the nearby stadium, this successful North London project was the result of unprecedented teamwork across the railway industry. As a result, passengers and freight users will now benefit from better, more reliable journeys through...
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...
Digital affects almost every facet of UK rail activity. It has been transforming rolling stock, maintenance, and passengers’ journeys for almost a decade. Industry requirements, such as ASDO (Automatic Selective Door Operation), remote CCTV and timetabling, mean that it...

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...