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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...

Czech Republic: RegioJet brings new Bombardier TRAXX locomotives into passenger service

RegioJet, the independent Czech railway operator that also runs services in Slovakia, has introduced its new Bombardier TRAXX locomotives into passenger service on the route...

Alstom/Siemens merger – new proposals

Siemens and Alstom, two major suppliers to the world’s railways, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 26 September 2017 to combine Siemens’ mobility business...

Porterbrook Flex trains for Rail Operations Group’s new parcels service

Specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) has announced it is acquiring two of Porterbrook’s innovative Flex trains for light logistics traffic. Capable...

Alstom and Eversholt announce hydrogen train for the UK

The design of a hydrogen-powered train for the UK market has been unveiled by manufacturer Alstom and rolling stock leasing company Eversholt Rail. The new...

Class 769 Flex in Action

On a sunny afternoon in early November, Rail Engineer travelled to Rothley station on the Great Central Railway, at the invitation of Porterbrook Leasing,...

Alstom Coradia trains chosen for new CFL Luxemburg fleet

A contract for 34 new high-capacity double-deck regional trains has been awarded to Alstom by Luxemburg’s national train operator Société Nationale des Chemins de...

GE to partner BNSF on battery freight locomotive tests

A battery-electric freight locomotive is to be developed in the United States by BNSF Railway and GE Transportation. The programme will see GE Transportation design and...

Average age of Britain’s train fleet falls for first time in more than a decade

The average age of Britain's rolling stock fleet has fallen for the first time since 2005, reflecting the increasing number of new trains arriving on the network.

Hydroflex – the next iteration of the Flex concept

When researching an article for the Class 769 Flex, there were lots of ideas discussed about how the concept could be extended for other...

Bi-Mode Good, Tri-Mode Better

A previous article in Rail Engineer (issue 157, November 2017) outlined plans for bi-mode fleets on UK railways. This article briefly described Porterbrook Leasing’s...

Velaro Novo: Siemens’ new approach to high-speed travel

In much the same way that Network Rail has a dedicated train for inspecting the railway, the HST-based New Measurement Train, German state railway...

Hitachi’s Class 385 enters service

At 12:52 on 23rd July a train formed of four-car unit 385104 and three-car unit 385003 left Glasgow Queen Street for a non-stop run...

New operator and development partner for Wales and Borders

On 23 May it was announced that KeolisAmey had won the £5 billion contract to run the Wales and Borders rail franchise over the...