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Inspired by innovation – RIA’s 2024 Innovation Conference

It is not surprising that the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) annual innovation event won the 2023 Association Excellence Awards for ‘Best longstanding association event’. With over 400 delegates, this was RIA’s biggest ever such conference. It featured around 20 key speakers and 70 stands, of which 11 were in...

Research – adding value in rail freight

The Retired Railway Officers Society was founded in 1901. One of its aims is to provide an opportunity to maintain the ongoing friendships and contacts of people retired from senior positions in the rail industry. Due to the extensive experience of its audience, the Society is able to attract...

ADHERE & V/T SIC: Wheel/Rail Interface and Adhesion

Rail Engineer has been reporting on the activities of the Vehicle/Track System Interface Committee (V/T SIC) and the Adhesion Research Group (ARG) for many years. V/T SIC is a cross-industry body under the umbrella of the RSSB which aims to improve knowledge of, and recommend actions to improve, this...

Adhere & V/T SIC: Poor ride – what to do?

Rail Engineer has reported on poor ride from some fleets on the main line several times, as have other commentators. Unfortunately for the people who might investigate, reports of “rough ride” is rather unspecific. That said, at a recent seminar featuring the work carried out under the auspices of...

Adhere & V/T SIC: Trends in rail management

In December 2023, there was much adverse criticism of the railway when there were several incidents on the Great Western Main Line caused by rail breaks, compounded by a major delay caused by damage to the overhead line equipment. Against this background, Rail Engineer was keen to hear from...

Remote detection of heat-related track defects: a new approach

With the European summer hopefully just around the corner, engineers must consider how best to manage the risk of heat-related track buckle. Established measures include targeted (and disruptive) speed reductions and (expensive) human observation of the track to detect and report lateral movement. They also include localised temperature monitoring,...

Rolling stock software integration and cyber security

Software has become a major feature of rolling stock design maintenance and operation. Even in the 1990s, your writer counted over 200 microprocessors fitted to systems and sub-systems on each new eight-car Central line train. That was a comparatively simple train by today’s standards which might see as many...

The National Cyber Security Centre

At the February 2024 Rail Partners Rolling Stock Software and Cyber Security event, the work of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was mentioned. Launched in October 2016, the NCSC brings together expertise from CESG (the information assurance arm of GCHQ), the Centre for Cyber Assessment, CERT-UK, and the Centre...

UK Rail Strategy 2024 looking to the future

The direction that the UK rail industry takes in the next few months is taxing the minds of many and generating much speculation. To try to understand the issues and to perceive the likely way forward, an online conference was recently organised by the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport...

Midland Main Line prepares to turn power on to new electric wires

A milestone has been reached for the electrification of the Midland Main Line after the final bridge was demolished on the Kettering to Wigston stretch to prepare for new overhead wires to be powered up. Over the weekend of 18 and 19 May, engineers successfully demolished the Three Arches bridge...

HS2 completes 3,130 tonne second Wendover Dean Viaduct deck slide

HS2 has revealed new timelapse footage showing the latest stage of a complex year-long project to slide almost half a kilometre of bridge deck into position, high above Buckinghamshire's Misbourne Valley. Over a 20 hour period last week, engineers working for the high-speed rail project carefully slid the 3,130-tonne structure...

Video: Carlisle crash

This video report commemorates the 40th anniversary of a railway 'mishap' involving ten runaway wagons. Events could have ended catastrophically were it not for the knowledge and experience of Bill Taylor, the signalman on duty in Carlisle Power Signal Box on the morning of 1st May 1984. He diverted...