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Signalling and Telecoms

In most railway organisations, the telecommunications function is one of the smallest when compared to other engineering disciplines. However, from the earliest days of railways, telecoms services have always been very important, both for normal and emergency working purposes. Today,...

The connected journey

The universal use of mobile Internet and the increased use of rail travel nicely complement one another. Although there are some that argue that a relaxed train journey is an opportunity to sit back and not be connected, there...
Cyber-attacks on both company and personal computer systems are an increasing threat to the continuity of business, and there is little chance that this menace will ever go away. There is no way of ‘immunising’ against the threat of...
Almost since railways began, they have enjoyed the privilege of being able to provide, operate and maintain their own telecommunications network. In the early days, these would have been telegraph systems communicating by single needle instruments akin to Morse...
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 on the Felixstowe branch line in Suffolk was successfully brought into service on 29 May 2019,...

Success in the South

The Kent Coast electrification of the late 1950s was all about eliminating steam traction and only partial modernisation of signalling on the North Kent line route was undertaken. New signal boxes were commissioned at Rochester, Rainham, Sittingbourne and Faversham, 30...
GSM-R (Global System for Mobile - Railways) is now well established as the radio system of choice for track- to-train voice communication in Europe and many countries beyond. A comprehensive description of the system was given in issue 48...

Establishing a trend

Electromagnetic emissions from rolling stock are currently a major concern for train manufacturers and railway infrastructure operators. Rolling stock is required to meet specific harmonised EMC standards and must therefore be tested appropriately. However, these standards do not completely address...

Rail Engineering: UK vs France

All too often, the UK rail scene is compared unfavourably with countries in continental Europe. But is this fair? Or even true? The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) holds an annual international convention to look at practices elsewhere, which...
When Network Rail took over the national rail infrastructure in 2002, it inherited roughly 800 operational signal boxes deploying a wide range of technologies including lever frames, ‘entrance-exit’ (NX) panels and VDU workstations, built over a long period of railway...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...