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Rolling Stock and Components

With an unprecedented number of new vehicles ordered since 2010 - over 8,000 - and with more orders to come, getting them safely, reliably and efficiently into service is a priority. Challenges with testing, acceptance, software, stabling,...

Fuel for thought

Fuel use is ever topical. Fuel economy is perhaps less so. Our Leaders’ advice, in the face of the hint of industrial action by tanker drivers, was to exhort us to top up our tanks - in effect to...
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 to 100mph. The last electric test run took place early in the...

Jacking up Pendolinos

The introduction of Virgin’s new 11-car Pendolino trains into service on Thursday 5 April has given some much-needed extra capacity on the West Coast Main Line. However, it also presented a few problems to the maintenance team at the Alstom...
The November issue of Rail Engineer (issue 179) covered the Network Rail long-term deployment plan for ETCS (European Train Control System). ETCS, however, is only part of the overall digital railway programme, with the other parts including: traffic management (TM)...
Train Cab Simulator Systems have come a long way since I drove one at London Transport’s Railway Training Centre at White City in the early 1970s. It was a representation of a Piccadilly line train and unlike most of...
A reporter from the Scottish Sunday Mail called me last week. He had seen my recent Rail Engineer feature on ScotRail’s ‘new’ HST and wanted my comments for a piece he wished to write about these trains. Transport Scotland had...
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 is installed at the track side and uses a combination of cameras, non-visible wavelength light and computer...
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) provides a good example of cross-industry innovation within the UK. But what of innovation across a global rail industry? the rail engineer was recently offered an opportunity to talk to Martin Ertl, Bombardier’s chief...
When researching an article for the Class 769 Flex, there were lots of ideas discussed about how the concept could be extended for other uses. What was not discussed was the possibility of a hydrogen-powered version. Yet, at InnoTrans...

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...