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New circuits and old bombs

Rail projects seem to have a habit of changing over time. A seemingly simple project can alter almost beyond recognition before it is completed,...

Fuel for thought

Fuel use is ever topical. Fuel economy is perhaps less so. Our Leaders’ advice, in the face of the hint of industrial action by...

The Steer to Future Success

The ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) concept has been around since 1989, some 23 years ago. The idea conceived a pan-European network where...

Infrarail seminars: Optimising the Rail Lifecycle

On Wednesday 2 May at 11:10, Matthew Lock, Rail Consultant at Korec will be presenting 'Optimising the Rail Lifecycle - How positioning solutions can...

Sustainability’s Rocky Road

Railway engineering is an inspiring business. Few with an engineering interest can fail to be impressed by fast heavy trains, running on perfectly aligned...

Bogies for Thameslink

The order for new trains for Thameslink has been controversial since it was first announced back on 16 June 2011. Siemens became the preferred...

Cost effective Desktop Signal Sighting to Driver Briefing and beyond

Written by Simon Gardiner, MD GiocondaDesktop signal sighting was last covered in The Rail Engineer in issue 77 (March 2011). Since then, specialist developer...

Paris Metro Line 1 – A New Beginning

The first line of the extensive Paris Metro network, now owned and operated by RATP, was opened on 19 July 1900. Running from Porte...

Ethernet on trains

Ethernet has been proven in many industries to be a very effective technology for providing data communications backbones.Ethernet switches featuring a range of networking...

Cyber Threat

It is unusual for an article in the rail engineer not to contain a rail-related engineering story. Yet this subject needs to be heeded by...

Re-Signalling Heritage Style

Much has been written about new signalling schemes on Network Rail, London Underground and elsewhere. The wonders of modern electronics and computer control make...

Jungle or Minefield?

Providing accurate, understandable and timely information to the travelling public is an ever present challenge. Described once as not a can of worms, more...

Wholesale closure of almost every signal box on the network

Boxing cleverThe headline announcing the closure of over 800 signal boxes is bound to attract attention. Even more so when there will be only...

Drainage development

It has long been recognised that the provision of drainage in permanent way work is a vital factor in ensuring the effectiveness and long-life...

Real time rail passenger information – Jungle or Minefield?

Providing accurate, understandable and timely information to the travelling public is an ever present challenge. Described once as not a can of worms, more...

Green project to provide power for part of Belgium’s rail network

Work has been completed on a green project to provide power for part of Belgium’s rail network. The scheme has involved the installation of...