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Nokia: What has it got to do with rail?

To many people, Nokia is only associated with that old mobile phone that’s in a drawer somewhere, probably with a flat battery. However, Nokia...

ASPECT: the IRSE’s 2017 conference in Singapore

Every two years, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) holds an international conference to look at signalling practice worldwide, its innovations, technical developments...

Preparing for Thameslink

Whilst the new track layout and signalling at London Bridge is complete, the introduction of the enhanced Thameslink service across central London will begin...

Network Rail Telecom – Enabler of the Digital Railway

In most railway organisations, the telecommunications function is one of the smallest when compared to other engineering disciplines. However, from the earliest days of...

Further development of 4LM

While the new control room at Hammersmith is just commencing the first stages of testing, the new Thales SelTrac communications-based train control (CBTC) system...

Cornwall’s Capacity Challenge

Travelling down the Great Western Railway to the West Country is an interesting experience. Immediately out from Paddington, the railway is the most modern...

Training for 4LM is under way

The resignalling (or, more correctly, re-control) of London Underground’s sub-surface lines (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle and District) has reached the stage where training...

What follows GSM-R?

Rail engineers Clive Kessell and Paul Darlington will deliver the 3rd IRSE Presidential Programme Technical Paper of 2017/2018 on the subject of the successor to...

An update on Network Rail and RSSB’s COMPASS

No, not a new way of finding where you are going, but a review of the Network Rail and RSSB joint project to find...

Formal methods for signalling interlockings

Back in the day of mechanical signalling, it was comparatively simple to prove that signalling interlockings did what they were supposed to do. There...

UK digital strategy

Regular readers of Rail Engineer will now be familiar with the digital rail strategy, but how does this fit with the wider digital strategy...

ERTMS Level 3 – A possible way forward

The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing...

Thameslink signalling update

The complex Thameslink capacity upgrade programme includes the very visible civil engineering works in the London Bridge area and the introduction of Class 700...

Main Line ATO evaluated

Automatic Train Operation has been a practical system for Metros for many years. Beginning with the Victoria line in London in 1969, ATO has...

Thameslink signalling update

The complex Thameslink capacity upgrade programme includes the very visible civil engineering works in the London Bridge area and the introduction of Class 700...

Intelligent power converters

To operate lighting, electronics and communication devices, both on trains and in control rooms, power converters such as inverters, battery chargers and power supplies...