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Track inspection at 125mph

For those in the signalling or rolling stock professions, it is all too easy to think of track maintenance as an old-fashioned undertaking, devoid...

Generating low total cost of ownership

When Prime Minister David Cameron announced the “biggest modernisation of our railways since the Victorian era” back in July, in the form of the...

Waterproofing the railway

Across the rail network, the deterioration of a bridge structure due to the action of water, exacerbated by the presence of chloride ions, can...

Highly organised high output

On a dark night, with rain in the air, a car turns left onto a narrow lane on the outskirts of Belper in Derbyshire....

Whiteboards written off

The UK’s rail networks are getting busier. This is reflected in increasing activity levels within depots, in turn placing increasing burdens on depot staff...

Network Rail at InnoTrans?

Well, that was a surprise. Who did we find right by the entrance of hall 22 at InnoTrans? There with an imposing open plan,...

An electrifying conference

Forget HS2. The next big set of railway projects in the UK will be the mass electrification of the Great Western, the Midland Main...

Pendolinos undergo major bogie overhaul

Bogies have featured a few times in the rail engineer recently. There were two articles on bogie production at the Siemens factory in Graz...

Communicating in the Chunnel

Twenty five years ago, the operational telecommunications systems for the Channel Tunnel were being planned and designed. Radio systems were very important in this...

Driving Innovation: The Bombardier way

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) provides a good example of cross-industry innovation within the UK. But what of innovation across a global rail industry?...

Signalling initiatives from Plymouth

Bombardier is a name now well established in the rail industry, but that was not always the case. Joseph Bombardier started the company in Canada...

What to expect at InnoTrans 2012

Every two years, the world’s railway industry gathers on the outskirts of Berlin for InnoTrans. Billed as the “world’s leading trade fair for rail...

Traffic Management – Road versus Rail

Ask most people if there is any similarity between rail and road signals and, beyond saying that they both use red, yellow and green...

New RRV access points in action

Road-rail vehicles (RRVs) are now accepted parts of the railway engineer's tool box, often preferred to rail-bound equipment. They can be brought to the...

Pedicting the future of level crossings

Much has been written, not least in these pages, about safety at level crossings. Any interface between people and moving trains is inherently risky,...

IMechE goes Loco

Developing young engineers is a key role of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Since 1999, its Automobile Division has being doing so through...