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Nottingham tram extension one step nearer

A party from Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe joined the first group of people to cross onto the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge over Nottingham Station...

New trams run in Birmingham

The Midland Metro opened in 1999, running for 13 miles between Wolverhampton St Georges and Birmingham Snow Hill. Unlike most tram systems, only the...

Video: Launch of London Midland’s new Class 350/3

A report on London Midland's official launch of its new Class 350/3 fleet which will progressively enter service over the next few weeks.

Biggest-ever light rail contract in the US: 175 new trams for San Francisco

San Francisco has placed a firm order for 175 new light rail vehicles for the city’s Muni transit system. The $648 million order includes an...

Sleek lines

It’s often said in engineering circles that, if something looks right, then it is right. When Direct Rail Services (DRS) recently showcased the first...

An exciting new Aventra

Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane factory was formerly the Derby Carriage and Wagon Works. Built in 1876 by the Midland Railway, the long workshops are ideal...

Keeping things clean

The rail industry is constantly evolving to keep pace with the demands on the network and the need to provide an efficient and reliable...

Making the wheel-rail interface work

The Tram-Train concept allows a railway vehicle to run in two operational modes; as an on-street tram serving city centres but also as a...

Thameslink- It’s all happening to programme

Doesn’t time fly! It’s about nine months since we last updated readers on progress for this most prestigious and complex of projects - Thameslink....

Class 317 – half old, half new

When The Rail Engineer last saw train 317722, it was parked in a corner of Bombardier’s Ilford depot (issue 98, December 2012). The interior...

Renew or Replace

Trains are expensive. They are expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to run. So far as operating costs go, a lot of...

A tale of two ends

A revised version of the Class 321 train used on Greater Anglia has just been revealed at Wabtec’s Doncaster works. Greater Anglia runs 94...

New Eurostar under test

The first new Eurostar trains, being manufactured by Siemens in Germany, are already largely complete and testing is well underway. It was in October...

FLEXX appeal: Bombardier’s bogie family explained

Tucked away under most locomotives and railway carriages are a pair of bogies. Hidden from passengers below the platform edge, trains literally couldn’t run...

National Rescue

Many regular rail travellers will have experienced that sinking feeling when the train they are waiting for doesn’t arrive. First of all interest, then...

Buying British

New train orders are like buses and Tour de France victories. Nothing for ages and then two come along at once. In the case of...