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Hitachi Rail’s approach to the Digital Railway

Digital affects almost every facet of UK rail activity. It has been transforming rolling stock, maintenance, and passengers’ journeys for almost a decade. Industry...

Re-doubling Aberdeen to Inverurie – halfway there

The 18-mile long Aberdeenshire canal, from Aberdeen docks to Inverurie, opened in 1805. It was not a commercial success, so its...

Swift doors for Crossrail depot

Transport for London (TfL)’s new Operations, Maintenance and Control (OMC) depot for the Elizabeth line at Old Oak Common, West London...

Hydroflex – the next iteration of the Flex concept

When researching an article for the Class 769 Flex, there were lots of ideas discussed about how the concept could be extended for other...

Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article in Rail Engineer (issue 157, November 2017) outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s...

Depot equipment trends

A train maintenance engineer will be familiar with sending out a clean train with all its water tanks full, and a day or so...

Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

In much the same way that Network Rail has a dedicated train for inspecting the railway, the HST-based New Measurement Train, German state railway...

Recent acquisition takes Kier forward

When Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments and housing group, bought McNicholas last July, the company’s chief executive Haydn Mursell said it...

Signalling procurement enters the Digital Age

As the advent of the digital railway gathers pace, so the procurement of systems associated with it will need to adapt. It might prove...

Advanced solutions to obstacle detection

When asked what the safest type of level crossing is, invariably the answer from any educated rail engineer will be “a closed one”. Of...

Upgrading the continental connection

Another ERTMS announcement has recently emerged, this time concerning the London to Paris and Brussels high-speed routes through the Channel Tunnel. At a meeting...

Digital delusion: A lesson from not-so-long ago

When the nationalised railway was split up in 1994, former British Rail engineers now working for Railtrack faced an interesting time. While railway engineering...

The benefits of adopting new technologies

The latest developments in technology have proven capable of some remarkable achievements across all walks of life. For example, not so long ago, mastering...

Steventon Bridge demolition: Local voice rejects proposed 10 months of disturbance

You might have heard recently that Network Rail has been denied planning permission to demolish and construct a new overbridge at Steventon in Oxfordshire....

Ethical engineering

Professional registration is an important milestone for any technician or engineer. Awarded by licensed bodies, professional registration is based on knowledge, competence and commitment....

August Bank Holiday a success

The railway opened for business again this morning (Tuesday 28 August 2018) after a successful bank holiday programme of work. Although a quieter bank holiday...