Railtex 2017 preview – the exhibitors you need to look out for

With over 450 exhibitors, there are certainly plenty of stands to visit at this year’s international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services. Rail Engineer can’t hope to preview them all, visitors will just have to go around and see for themselves, but here is a selection (in alphabetical order and complete with its stand […]

Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime on the railway has demonstrated the same ability to draw the public’s interest. The very […]

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Safe from start to finish

The story of the Midland Main Line upgrade has moved on quite a bit in the past 12 months. At the start of 2016, the programme was just beginning to regain momentum following a brief hiatus – one of the after effects of Sir Peter Hendy’s extensive review of Network Rail. The £2 billion programme […]

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Getting active in 2017

Is staff wellbeing treated as seriously as it deserves to be? An engineer working on site will be issued with ear defenders to protect their hearing and steel-toe-capped boots to deflect the blow of a heavy falling object, but many of the factors that can impact on the health and wellbeing occur before they come […]

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Well that was Interesting!

Early December is the traditional time for the Rail Exec Club, the railway industry’s leading networking organisation for executives and professionals, to hold its Gala Dinner. Which is why representatives from 102 organisations from around the industry gathered at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse a few weeks before Christmas. Everyone was there, directors and managers from four […]

Made in Britain

Just over a year since it opened, Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory has rolled out the first British-built train of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). A significant milestone in the £5.7 billion IEP programme, the manufacturer marked the occasion on 9 December with a celebration at the site. The event included speeches by the Transport Secretary, […]

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InnoTrans 2016 – Railways and rubber ducks

InnoTrans is the largest railway industry exhibition in the world. That’s not just organiser’s hyperbole, the numbers speak for themselves. Held every other year in Berlin during the third week in September, the 2016 show was the eleventh in the series. 2,955 exhibitors took part, representing some 60 countries. 149 products made their world debut at […]

Alstom – powered by hydrogen

The major integrated manufacturers were all at InnoTrans, all showing something new and promising more to come. Alstom revealed its new iLint train, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Two have been built, and should be in passenger service in northern Germany by the turn of the year. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom, commented: “This […]

Eurostar sale did represent value for money, says NAO report

The National Audit Office (NAO) has said the sale of the government's 40 per cent stake in Eurostar did represent value for money for the UK taxpayer. The sale, which raised £757 million, was "run effectively" and generated proceeds well...

Railpool orders selection of TRAXX locomotives

Locomotive leasing company Railpool has ordered a mixture of multi-system and Last Mile TRAXX locomotives. The €75 million order is for 18 locomotives - five Last Mile units and 13 multi-system locos. It's the first time the Last Mile type locomotives will...
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