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Emergency power – why settle for standard?

For too long, power supplies have been treated as an after-thought to the main design project. It is when all the other features and functions, as well as aesthetics, are finalised that the power supply is...

What next for Vivarail?

The imperative to decarbonise the railway has been the subject of various reports, conferences, and research grants, although, in reality, little new operational hardware has been produced to meet this challenge since Jo Johnson’s call to...

Low-adhesion Modelling

Some aspects of railways are still not completely understood, nearly 200 years after the railways were first developed. Indeed, your writer generally sees many research papers every year seeking to further advance knowledge about what is...

Eyes on the network

Passengers and staff increasingly rely on information about journeys, networks and other facilities to ease circulation around the transport system. A reliable supplier which also offers design support can elevate display technology for all users and...

Electrification and the environmental challenge

Leaving aside Covid-19, which is on everyone’s mind right now, the environment still sits high on the agenda, along with international concern on how to tackle the ‘climate emergency’. Environmental studies have...

Re-engineering Rail Freight

Unlike most passenger train operators, rail freight must operate at a profit since it gets no government support. As it works to tight financial margins, it is difficult to justify large capital investment without a guaranteed...

Unlocking Innovation: The Digital Railway

Following on from David Shirres’ article in issue 184 (May/June 2020), the Railway Industry Association staged a week-long webinar to explore how innovation can help the transition to a Digital Railway. Held online between 29 June...

Beeching Reversed: Reopening of the Northumberland Line

Of the many closed lines that are currently being proposed or reviewed for possible reopening to passenger traffic, one that looks close to coming to fruition is the so-called Northumberland line. This is being actively promoted...

Cleaning the rail head

Rail Engineer has often written about the problems of low adhesion caused by, inter alia, leaf debris rolled into the railhead. As a reminder, dry leaf debris can cause wrong-side track circuit failures and, when wet,...

The Kilsby Genie

Writer - Grahame Taylor - Rail Engineer Magazine Here at Rail Engineer magazine, we seem to have a thing about tunnels - especially tunnels with blocked drains. Back in...

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£1.2 million facelift for Burgess Hill station

Two 50-metre canopies over the platforms at Burgess Hill station have been replaced by Network Rail,...

BAM and Polypipe sign solus supply deal

Railway infrastructure contractor BAM Nuttall has signed a solus agreement with Polypipe for the supply of drainage products to its infrastructure...

Italy orders hydrogen trains from Alstom

FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano), the main transport and mobility group in the Italian region of Lombardy, has ordered six hydrogen fuel...

Greater Anglia puts new trains into passenger service

Greater Anglia ran its new Bombardier Class 720 trains in passenger service for the first time on Thursday 26 November 2020.

Stadler signs collaboration agreement with Newcastle University

Train manufacturer Stadler and Newcastle University have agreed to work together on a variety of projects, signing a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to...