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Network Rail awards Fugro contract to survey 850 route miles of track in Wales

Network Rail has announced plans to conduct a survey of more than 850 route miles of track across Wales and the border...

First 5G mobile network planned for South Western Railway

South Western Railway train operator FirstGroup and Blu Wireless have announced a project that will significantly boost the quality of connectivity on trains, pioneering...

Station platforms – making the case for composites

Guest author: Tom Bowman, commercial director at Dura Composites. The year-long independent rail review announced by Chris Grayling in...

David Waboso to retire from Digital Railway in March

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme, has announced that he will retire in March, the same month in which...

Alstom and Eversholt announce hydrogen train for the UK

The design of a hydrogen-powered train for the UK market has been unveiled by manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail. The new...

Riding Network Rail’s New Measurement Train

Network Rail, as the infrastructure owner of Britain’s railways, constantly monitors the condition of its assets, particularly its 20,000 miles of track. One of...

Government and industry launch Rail Sector Deal

The government and the rail industry have agreed a new Rail Sector Deal intended to deliver more for passengers, create jobs and drive economic...

British Steel wins major Italian order for premium-grade rail

British Steel, the Scunthorpe-based manufacturer of steel rails and other long-length steel products, has won two contracts to supply 86,000 tonnes of rail to...

Monitoring overhead lines

Delivery of energy to rolling stock through high-voltage overhead lines is the predominant distribution method used on many of the world’s railways. Indeed, this...

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...

GE to partner BNSF on battery freight locomotive tests

A battery-electric freight locomotive is to be developed in the United States by BNSF Railway and GE Transportation. The programme will see GE Transportation design and...

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...

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....

The Articulator: a new way to manipulate lineside structures

The modern world of rail is full of increasingly complex shapes, yet the technology used in handling these awkward and weighty items has been...

GTR & The Digital Railway

Prompted by the major timetable change on Southern Railway in May 2018 and the first stage of an enhanced Thameslink train service across London,...