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 questions about tram safety. As reported in issue 171 (Jan/Feb 2019), several recommendations were made in the...
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 to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. This month’s issue considers the very-high-speed (over 200km/hr) pedigree...
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 of the company’s existing fleet from later this year, when it starts to receive 38 bi-mode...
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 railway network, has been acquired by EKE-Electronics of Espoo, Finland. A division of...
Rolling stock asset management company Porterbrook is working with South Western Railway and vehicle exhaust manufacturer Eminox to fit catalytic converters to hundreds of diesel trains across the UK’s rail network. The aim is to reduce NOx (nitrous oxide) emissions...
Heading photo: Early designs released by Hitachi Rail Europe of its AT400 very-high-speed train, which has been labelled "the British bullet train". The projects and rolling stock that are featured in Rail Engineer must...
Passengers on the Cross City line in the West Midlands (Lichfield - Birmingham - Redditch/Bromsgrove) are starting to experience an improvement in their on-train comfort as the first of West Midlands Trains’ Class 323 units re-enters service after a substantial refit.
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...
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. Underground-train manufacturer Metro Cammell, which owned the site before Alstom, built trains for...
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 contract with Sydney Trains for the delivery of maintenance and logistics services for a section of...

Birmingham New Street opens NHS clinic

Network Rail is providing a former retail space at Birmingham New Street station for the NHS to use as an outpatient clinic...