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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...

Lucchini Unipart Rail spends £1.4m on robotic handling machine and new machining centre for Manchester facility

Train overhaul firm Lucchini Unipart Rail (LUR) has made a £1.4 million investment at its Manchester production site. LUR has purchased a Sirmu vertical turning lathe...

Hima’s COTS controllers

Typically, railway networks sustain a wide range of inherited legacy products. In Great Britain, these include regional variations according to their British Rail heritage. This...

Innovative maintenance system automatically monitors the underside of trains for faults

An RSSB-funded innovation that automatically monitors the underside of trains for faults is ready for testing. Gobotix has designed the Vehicle Underframe Examination System (VUES), which...

Hacking the railway

The recent attacks on computer networks at health locations in Britain, Russia's interior ministry, the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm...

Troubleshooting failed electronics components in the rail industry

Taking on the challenge of finding robust alternatives to failing electronic components often requires some creative thinking and a little customisation. It is a scenario...