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Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJ

Bus drivers advised to check their height

For some reason, drivers of high vehicles seem, all too often, to forget to check the height of a bridge before they attempt to go under it. The result is usually a severely damaged vehicle, often...

Record number of drivers in training at Tyne and Wear Metro

After delays to its training programme caused by Covid-19, the Tyne and Wear Metro is to embark on its biggest-ever driver training school. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is taking on 30...

Avanti West Coast trains ‘coast’ through a damaged section of the railway to keep trains running

When overhead wires were damaged on the West Coast main line recently, it could have meant that trains would be cancelled until repairs could be affected. However, by arrangement with Network Rail,...

Horrifying image of woman attempting to cross live railway with a pushchair

A woman has been seen trying to cross the track with her pram at Hilsea station near Portsmouth - an area with a third-rail electrical supply. Her attempt was captured by a...

Rail Aid launched in support of Railway Children

Rail Aid, a new fundraising initiative that brings the entire railway together in support of industry charity Railway Children, has received the backing of Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP. In addition, industry...

New Class 730 trains break cover

London Northwestern Railway (LNR) managing director Julian Edwards has visited Bombardier Transportation’s factory in Derby to see for himself progress on his new fleet of Class 730 trains. LNR has ordered 45...

Network Rail publishes interim report on Stonehaven

Network Rail has published an interim report on the fatal accident near Stonehaven on 12 August 2020. Although further investigations are still underway, the initial findings suggest that, after a period of...

Chris Burchell moves on from Arriva Trains

Chris Burchell, managing director of Arriva Trains, is to leave the rail industry in mid-October to take up a role in the energy sector. After six years at Arriva, he will become...

Wessex bridge strengthening contract confirmed

A contract to carry out strengthening work to three railway bridges on the Wessex route in the South of England has been awarded by Network Rail. Dyer and Butler – part of...

Network Rail to restore three Darlington railway bridges

Three historic railway bridges in Darlington are to be brightened up as part of a £60,000 project. Network Rail, working in partnership with Darlington Borough Council, will begin work later this year...

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SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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