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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 Gioconda Desktop 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 clever The 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...