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Cornwall’s Capacity Triumph

Back in January 2018 (issue 159), Rail Engineer reported on a plan to increase the capacity of rail operations in Cornwall by...

Striving for Innovation: An industry challenge

Signal engineers tend to have a measure of distrust when new ideas and concepts are put forward. This is understandable, given that any radical...

Safer, quicker and sustainable cable protection

As the world, and the railway, goes more and more digital, the big growth industry seems to have been in the production of...

Transformers Aluminium or Copper?

Guest writer: Paul WalkerThere is a drive on the rail infrastructure to reduce the overall cost...

Sustainability and Decarbonisation: What are transformer losses?

Guest writer: Neville HaideIt is a good question, and one that needs to be answered and better understood by...

Better by design

Major projects, new trains, bewildering technology: these are the big-ticket items that command everyone’s attention these days. And why wouldn’t they? Who cares about...

Simple and lightweight mounting for digital signalling equipment

AECOM, the global infrastructure services firm, is developing one of the UK’s first 3D-printed commercial products made from graphene-reinforced polymer. The company’s CNCTArch is designed...

New main-line interlocking enters service

The Shepperton branch line in the south west of London and north Surrey, which is part of the Feltham signal box area, connects...

Railway signalling equipment power system earthing

A railway must be supported with a safe and reliable power system for signals, points, interlockings and communications. This power system must...

Felixstowe Branch Line capacity enhancement goes live

Funded by the Strategic Freight Network, with a contribution from Hutchinson Ports UK (HP-UK), a £60.4 million investment to create a new 1.4km loop...

ATO – Exploiting the technology

Automatic Train Operation (ATO) is nowadays a given technology for metro operation and, although it is still...

Is the future 5G or Wi-Fi 6?

There are currently two main technology choices used for railway radio communications, mobile telephone (GSM/LTE) or Wi-Fi. GSM-R private networks are used predominately for...

Delivering Change: George Clark delivers his IRSE Presidential Address

The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) appoints its new president at its annual general meeting every year. The 95th incumbent, Transport for London...

Park Signalling’s new Technician’s Terminal

In 2020, Solid State Interlocking (SSI) will be 35 years old. It was one of the first microprocessor-based all electronic signalling interlockings and is...

Telecoms innovations for tomorrow’s railway

At a recent IRSE section event in Birmingham, Tim Lane, principal strategy and innovation manager, Network Rail Telecom (NRT), gave a presentation on Network...

Single Line Internet Control

The safe operation and signalling of single-line railways are crucial as any head-on crash between two trains is potentially catastrophic. Incidents of this nature...