London Overground’s North London line (NLL) runs from Richmond in the west, south of the Thames, over Kew bridge and then in a broad arc around the north of London, through Acton, Camden and Hackey out to Stratford in...

Let there be light

I have changed trains at Birmingham New Street station more times than I care to remember, moving from one platform to another alongside up to 200,000 other passengers who use this busy station every day, and I have a...
Leeds station is one of the busiest in the UK outside of London with more than 27 million people entering or exiting it between April 2013 and March 2014. It is projected that these numbers will continue to rise...
Subway passengers in New York are getting their first glimpses of the impressive modern architecture within the city's new $1.4 billion Fulton Center station. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has officially opened the "fully digital transit and retail hub" which has...
The world is changing and economics now dictates that every opportunity must be taken in order to maximise the benefits of long engineering possessions. It started with the Christmas break, which has enabled infrastructure contractors to efficiently carry out...
Farringdon Station will be “the heart of the heart” of Crossrail. It is going to be the only station in London with interchanges between Crossrail, London Underground services and the Thameslink network. Writes Chris Parker It will also be the...

Edinburgh calling

Station announcements have long been the trigger for comedian’s jokes on stage, the impersonation of garbled messages always good for bringing a laugh. Writes Clive Kessell Some of this implied criticism is valid but so many of the larger stations are...

Stations as a service

So what are railway stations for? The answer is obvious: they are the places where you go to catch or get off trains. For many this is true; cold, draughty platforms that are not nice to hang around on -...
Manchester Victoria station is not one of the country’s great stations. Voted “the worst station in the country” in a 2009 Department for Transport-commissioned report, it was badly in need of improvement. Network Rail’s plans to rectify this undesirable...

Back to Victoria

The redevelopment of London Underground Victoria station was first covered in January 2013 (issue 99). In that report, the comment was made that The Rail Engineer would revisit the project to keep track of how work was going. Writes...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...