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Looking backwards and forwards: One hundred years of the IRSE

The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) celebrated its centenary in 2012. Although a body to represent this specialist branch of rail engineering had...

The future of GSM-R and its possible replacement

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...

SSS – Sub Surface Signalling

London Underground is 150 years old this year. The first train on the Metropolitan Railway ran between Paddington and Farringdon on 9 January 1863. Today,...

Resignalling the Victoria Line

Much has been written about the excellent way in which public transport performed during the 2012 London Olympic Games. This was due to detailed...

Seltrac goes Evergreen

The SkyTrain light rapid transit system in Vancouver, Canada, comprises 68.7km (42.7 miles) of track and 47 stations over three lines. The first of...

Why is innovation so difficult in railways?

Railways, and signalling in particular, are generally not well regarded for being innovative. Talented job applicants with a high-tech background, such as software engineering,...

Holding back the flood!

As you will be aware, 2012 was the second wettest year on record for the UK as a whole and, in England alone, it...

Intelligent Design and Management Platform

UKPN Services is keenly aware that a reliable and progressive rail network is only as good as its electrical infrastructure. Its credentials are well...

Electrifying Liverpool-Manchester

The Liverpool to Manchester Railway, constructed by George Stephenson and opened on the 15 September 1830, is credited with being the world’s first twin-track...

In a class of his own

Been banging your head against a brick wall lately? Are you utterly convinced that changing railway technical standards is well nigh impossible? Have you...

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...

Cardiff Area Resignalling

The Power Signal Boxes of the 1960s and 70s were mostly associated with the rationalisation era; four tracks down to two, singling of lines,...

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...

Putting the Paisley Corridor into the WSSC

The new generation of Network Rail Control Centres are growing by number every year, but one of the first to be commissioned has recently...

ETCS coming to the UK

Although Network Rail is a member of the ERTMS Users Group, as described in Clive Kessell’s article, the Cambrian Line is the only ERTMS...

The Steer to Future Success

The ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) concept has been around since 1989, some 23 years ago. The idea conceived a pan-European network where...