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On 23 May it was announced that KeolisAmey had won the £5 billion contract to run the Wales and Borders rail franchise over the next 15 years as the Operator and Development Partner (ODP) - a new kind of...
On 15 June 2018, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed its intention “to award Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5 billion to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains that will transform the experience of millions of Piccadilly line...
Legally bound by the Climate Change Act of 2008, the UK needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent in comparison to the 1990 baseline by 2050. Resulting from initiatives across UK plc, emissions have already...
With electrification delays and windscreen problems on the new Hitachi class 385 EMUs, passengers between Scotland’s two big cities have been waiting for some time for their promised new trains. As 16 of the class 170 DMUs that operate...
When Abellio took over the ScotRail franchise in April 2015, it had 22 months to replace six-coach diesel trains on the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line with seven-coach electric trains, as required by its franchise specification. To do so, the...
With around 7,000 new rail vehicles on order to replace more than half of the passenger rolling stock fleet, Britain’s trains are about to change as never before. Scotland is no exception. In 2018, Hitachi’s Class 385 electric multiple...
Of the current orders for 6,000 or so new rail vehicles, destined for routes and operators around the country, only 286 will be diesel powered. When these orders were placed, the future was to be electrification, so it was...
Rail Engineer editor David Shirres was given the opportunity to ride on one of ScotRail’s new Hitachi-built Class 385 units during one of its mileage accumulation runs.
Russia’s biennial rail trade fair, EXPO1520, is a four-day event held at the end of August offering extensive exhibition halls, static exhibits, a thought-provoking conference and a dynamic exposition. It was first held in 2007, making this year’s show...

Building ScotRail’s 385s

Preparing a train operating franchise bid is a complex and expensive business. For the current ScotRail franchise, this included the requirement for electric multiple unit (EMU) procurement for the soon-to-be electrified Edinburgh to Glasgow service and for there to...

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...