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A big step forward

Articles on electrification invariably focus on 25kV overhead systems or indeed the modern-day 50kV auto-transformer variant. The safety procedures that go with these are...

Providing 4G radio on London Underground

Readers with longer memories will recall that when mobile telephony expanded in a big way during the mid-1980s, voice calling was the all-important factor....

Controlling Docklands’ traction

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been a feature of the east side of London for many years now; it’s difficult to remember a...

A question of confidence

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a significant decrease in the number of those travelling by public transport, resulting in...

Crewe Basford Hall and Independent Lines resignalling

If you have ever stood on Crewe station, you may have noticed that hardly any freight trains pass through it. This is because they...

ERTMS on the East Coast Main Line

The decision to resignal the southern end of the East Coast Main Line (ECML) has been well publicised. It is to be part of...

South London’s railway set for major upgrades as 40-year-old track and signalling about to be replaced

Network Rail is about to begin a major four-year package of work to modernise 1980s track and signalling on the lines into London Victoria...

Government to fund feasibility work for digital signalling on three more main lines

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has announced £1.2 million of new government funding to accelerate feasibility work for digital signalling on vital sections of the...

Moving a signal box overnight

A disused signal box in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, has been moved to a new location just 100 metres from its original location, so it can...

Combatting signalling failures

Signalling failures have always had the ability to cause delay to train services and, whilst modern signalling technology is designed to be more reliable,...

Driving innovation in signalling

Innovation seems to be the latest buzz word. Recent conferences and seminars, as reported in Rail Engineer, have focussed very much on this theme,...

Chiltern ATP obsolescence

In a signalling system with lineside signals and fitted with an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system, a brake application will automatically be applied if...

The life of an REB

First introduced some 30 years ago, the ubiquitous Relocatable Equipment Building (REB) has become one of the most familiar pieces of trackside equipment, and,...

Fond farewell to a favourite power box

The huge modernisation of railway signalling in the UK during the 1960/70s and early 1980s came about through the introduction of Power Signal Boxes...

Major delays on West Coast main line quickly fixed

Rail travel on the West Coast main line was disrupted on 7 October 2020 after a stretch of signalling, miles long, lost power between...

Weekend work to improves Clacton on Sea line in Essex

The railway line to Clacton on Sea in Essex is to be upgraded over weekends until the end of October 2020. Nearly 3/4 mile of...