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Future train radio – What’s possible?

Throughout the world, many railways use the interoperable radio communications network, GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications - Rail), for operational voice communications and...

Digital Railway: delivering differently

Following the announcement in May by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling and the chief executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, that all...

GTR & The Digital Railway

Prompted by the major timetable change on Southern Railway in May 2018 and the first stage of an enhanced Thameslink train service across London,...

Ushering in a new era: North Wales Railway Upgrade Project

Over the weekend before Easter 2018, Siemens Rail Automation commissioned its low-cost digital-ready modular signalling solution on the North Wales Coast (NWC) resignalling programme...

What is Digital Ready?

On 10 May 2018, the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, and Mark Carne, chief executive Network Rail, supported by David Waboso, managing...

A General Perspective of 5G

For the rail industry, how to replace the ageing GSM-R radio networks is an ever-present challenge. Thoughts over the past ten years have progressed...

Communications on the Central Line

Operational communications are important in supporting both signalling and power control on any railway but, for a major city metro line, the need becomes...

An international metro review

The latest Aspect conference of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) was held in Singapore, and a report appeared in last month’s Rail...

Tipping the balance towards a digital future

The application of digital technology onto the UK’s crowded rail network seems to be the logical answer to the pressing concerns of capacity, reliability...

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...