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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...

New wireless sensors to reduce maintenance time for ScotRail’s Class 334 fleet

ScotRail's Class 334 fleet is expected to spend less time in maintenance depots following the installation of new wireless sensors. Perpetuum's hardware - which will be...

Alstom launches CLever cantilever for UK railway electrification

Alstom has launched a new cantilever specifically for the UK rail network. The CLever (a play on the word cantilever) has been designed by Osvaldo Cariboni...

Innovation conference gets bigger and better

Getting the right title for an article can be difficult. The one above was used for Rail Engineer’s report on the Railway Industry Association’s...

Working safely at height

There are some quite high places on Britain’s railways. Viaducts, tunnel portals, station roofs, ventilation shafts, signal gantries and even the tops of trains....

The great divide

The roll call of railwaymen killed in the line of duty runs to depressing lengths. You don’t have to venture too deeply into the...

Fixed track forms for high-speed lines

A successful and topical conference about fixed track forms for high-speed lines was held recently in Manchester. Organised jointly by the Permanent Way Institution...

Huddersfield’s rolling rig

The Rail Supply Group (RSG), formed in January 2015, is a collaboration between Government (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department...

Seamless interchangeability

Imagine Britain’s railways in 2040 and what can you see? Would we even call it a railway? When we’ve got autonomous pods to transport...

From Beach to Musk – A lot of hype over Hyperloop

When considering how to efficiently transport New York City's burgeoning legion of commuters, inventor Alfred Ely Beach commented in 1870: "A tube, a car,...

Planning for a world’s first – ElevArch masonry arch jacking trial

Innovation is a tortuous path which requires a great deal of support from a wide spectrum of people. The Department for Transport has recognised the...

BIM processes – impossible to ignore

The complex nature of infrastructure projects, and the requirement for collaboration across disciplines and project participants, has prompted many organisations to adopt BIM (Building...