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First TransPennine Express Nova 3 train handed over

The first of TransPennine Express’s (TPE) new fleet of Nova 3 trains, which will initially come into service in the coming months between Liverpool...

New London Overground Class 710/2 train obtains conditional approval to run

Bombardier’s new Class 710/2 ‘Aventra’ train, destined for London Overground’s Gospel Oak to Barking and Watford lines, has received its first limited...

Stadler’s new SMILE (Giruno) train for the Gotthard Base Tunnel granted an operating licence.

Stadler’s new SMILE electric multiple unit, which Swiss national operator SBB calls Giruno (Buzzard), has been issued an operating licence by the Swiss Federal...

Tram Speed Protection

The tragic accident on the Croydon tram network in November 2016, in which seven people were killed and many more injured, has raised many...

Buying HS2’s high-speed trains – part 2

An earlier article in Rail Engineer described HS2’s £2.75 billion procurement of at least 54 classic-compatible high-speed trains to run from London...

Greater Anglia train drivers taking leap into new technology

New state-of-the-art train simulators are being used to train 768 Greater Anglia drivers that will be driving the new trains due to replace all...

Finnish EKE Group acquires Humaware

Humaware, the Southampton-based company that develops and markets a range of data-driven predictive analytics tools to enhance the predict and prevent capability of the...

Porterbrook works with Eminox and South Western Railway to reduce diesel emissions

Rolling stock asset management company Porterbrook is working with South Western Railway and vehicle exhaust manufacturer Eminox to fit catalytic converters to hundreds of...

Buying HS2’s High-Speed Trains

Heading photo: Early designs released by Hitachi Rail Europe of its AT400 very-high-speed train, which has been labelled "the British bullet...

New look for West Midlands Trains across Birmingham

Passengers on the Cross City line in the West Midlands (Lichfield - Birmingham - Redditch/Bromsgrove) are starting to experience an improvement in their on-train...

Manchester to Preston now tested for 100mph running

High-speed testing has now been completed on the Manchester to Preston route, which was recently electrified, so that the line speed can be increased...

Birmingham: Washwood Heath train factory demolished

The former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath, Birmingham, where Virgin’s Pendolinos were built, has been demolished to make way for an HS2 maintenance depot.

UGL Unipart JV wins Sydney contract extension worth AU$395m

UGL Unipart, a 70:30 joint venture between UGL, a member of CIMIC Group, and Unipart Rail, has been awarded a two-year extension to its...

Using Data to Improve Fleet Maintenance

Rail Engineer has reported on the use of data analytics before (issues 136 and 148, February 2016 and February 2017) following attendance...

Timing of door closure – how critical is it?

Much has been written and said in recent times about efforts to improve the throughput of trains on metro and inner suburban railways. Using...

GSM-R: a migration strategy to its successor?

The thorny question of what should replace GSM-R as the future radio bearer for track to train communication has recently been the subject of...