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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...

Tram Speed Protection

The tragic accident on the Croydon tram network in November 2016, in which seven people were killed and many more injured, has raised many...

A Necessary GSM-R Mobile Upgrade

It is easy to forget that GSM-R, as the standardised track to train radio system across Europe, has been around for over 25 years....

Thameslink Telecoms

The Thameslink north-south rail link across London is nearing fulfilment. Despite the timetable problems back in May 2018, the enhanced capacity on the route...

Evolution of signalling

The advancement of signalling has been driven by the need to control train movements in the most efficient manner whilst optimising the...

Train detection

One of the main safety requirements of a train control system is that, before a train is given authority to move along a...

NOKIA: the common bearer

A common bearer (transport layer) telecoms network takes advantage of the new digital technologies and ‘big data’ applications in order to provide a safe,...

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...