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Understanding the commitment to the Digital Railway

It’s easy to be cynical about the Digital Railway. For a start, the technology and the terminology are difficult for the uninitiated to understand. As...

Technology takes centre stage

In 2011, businessman Sir Robert McNulty was tasked by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) with assessing...

The Railway Industry Association’s Innovation Conference

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) recently held its tenth innovation conference. As ever, this was an informative event with much useful guidance for those...

Hyperloop: Prospects and Challenges

The much-vaunted Hyperloop, sometimes described by its proponents as the ‘fifth mode of transport’, uses the premise of pods travelling through evacuated tubes to...

Behind the scenes at Total Rail Solutions and GOS Engineering

Total Rail Solutions (TRS) was founded in January 2007, primarily as a consultancy business, with a £200,000 turnover. However, by late 2008, the company...

Track DST: Exploring Network Rail’s data mine

Network Rail is the proud owner of a multitude of infrastructure databases - and, no doubt, many more in other disciplines too. They range...

Drones – Are they the Future for Track Renewal Surveys?

I remember my early days as a railway engineer, when it was our job to carry out a detailed site survey in preparation for...

Is hydrogen the answer?

Rail Engineer’s feature on hydrogen trains in the January issue (issue 159) raised the possibility that, despite its good green credentials, the rail industry’s...

Complex asset portfolio? Avoiding surprises and delivering benefits

Railways are highly complex systems, reliant on many assets of varying types and ages that are operated and maintained by different organisations. If part...

Hydrail comes of age

Hydrail, the term coined for hydrogen-powered trains, started to become well known when the first annual international hydrail conference was held in North Carolina...

Trams without rails

The world’s cities are getting bigger. Between 2016 and 2030, the planet’s urban population is forecast to grow from 54 to 60 per cent...

What is rail asset management?

Asset management is a term that has rapidly gained influence in the rail industry. The basic defining principle, of an often complex system, is...

Panasonic’s proactive CCTV

It is difficult to find anywhere in Britain’s town and city centres without CCTV. There are few shops, banks and railway stations without them....

Sustainability and the fallout from scrapped electrification plans

The fallout from the Government’s decision to scrap three major electrification projects, in Wales, the Midlands and the North, is inevitably a hot topic...

Train antennas

The rail industry requirement and desire to achieve an on-board ‘connected’ environment, for both customer and operational purposes, has resulted in the need for...

New traffic management system could reduce train delays by 15%

The introduction of a new traffic management system is set to deliver more punctual trains on journeys between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.Described by Network...