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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...

Building Bogies

Last month, the rail engineer visited Graz, the historic capital of Styria and Austria’s second city, for the launch of the new SF7000 bogie...

Transforming Trojans

When the Corus steelworks at Port Talbot needed new, more powerful industrial locomotives for its internal rail system, it turned to Corus Northern Engineering...

Shunter Safety: The industry’s hidden concern

Written by Christian Fletcher, Technical Director, Zonegreen There is no doubt that the rail industry is a potentially dangerous place to work. After all, there are...

A rich heritage

Mention Crewe Works to an old railway anorak and it takes them back to the days of steam. To the locomotives that were built...

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...

Bogies for Thameslink

The order for new trains for Thameslink has been controversial since it was first announced back on 16 June 2011. Siemens became the preferred...

Gröna Tåget (The Green Train)

The Swedes are very good at collaboration. So it should be no surprise that a project to develop a new concept of train that...

Double Innovation in Electrification

On 22 October 2011 Balfour Beatty Rail, working alongside Balfour Beatty Engineering Services Traction Group, installed the Paisley Gilmour Street Track Side Cabin as...

Winter wonderplant

Despite an unseasonably warm October, cold weather is on its way. And if the past two years are anything to go by, the UK...

Clever thinking at Hydrex

In a world where service delivery, trust and safe practice define success, the demands placed on rail plant hire companies have always been challenging. Add...