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Thameslink on track

In June, Siemens concluded the largest deal in its 170-year UK history. Steve Scrimshaw, managing director Siemens Rail Systems UK, reflects on a turbulent...

Transforming 460s

Britain’s railways are attracting more passengers than ever before, despite all the grumbling about higher fares. This success is, in turn, putting pressure on...

Reshelling a 455

Guy Fawkes’ Day, 5 November 2010, and the 15:05 South West Trains service left Guildford for Waterloo. It was an eight-car train, made up...

CAF trams for Midland Metro Expansion Project

It is now approximately a year since Balfour Beatty won the contract from Centro to extend the Midland Metro light rail line by 1.3...

Concepts sought for the future of train technology

Within the rail industry and among its customers, there is broad recognition of the need to innovate in order to improve efficiency and reduce...

Vehicle testing on the GCR

This article is not a historical reminiscence, although the writer is old enough to remember the Great Central Railway (GCR) running passenger trains from...

Trams to New Street

Next month will see the opening of the new section of concourse at Birmingham New Street station. This will be the first major public...

A new lease of life

The sheer cost of buying a new fleet of trains is enormous, and in these times of financial hardship there is a strong case...

Track inspection at 125mph

For those in the signalling or rolling stock professions, it is all too easy to think of track maintenance as an old-fashioned undertaking, devoid...

Russian Railways back in Berlin

With its vast collection, finding your way around the British Museum is difficult. Some readers may recall the Radio 4 series “A history of...

Bombardier TRAXX DE ME – Four is better than one

Britain has largely forgotten that locomotives can usefully pull passenger trains. With most of the TOCs almost exclusively using DMUs and EMUs in various...

An electrifying conference

Forget HS2. The next big set of railway projects in the UK will be the mass electrification of the Great Western, the Midland Main...

Driving Innovation: The Bombardier way

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?...

What to expect at InnoTrans 2012

Every two years, the world’s railway industry gathers on the outskirts of Berlin for InnoTrans. Billed as the “world’s leading trade fair for rail...

Traffic Management – Road versus Rail

Ask most people if there is any similarity between rail and road signals and, beyond saying that they both use red, yellow and green...

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...