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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...

Crossrail has many complex systems but providing the entire route with a new signalling system is one of the biggest challenges. It is a highly complex arrangement, with many interfaces between different new and legacy systems, although...

Unlocking innovation online

Last year’s Leeds Digital Festival saw 25,000 attendees across 240 events with 750 speakers in 96 venues. The event was to be even bigger this year. With the COVID-19 lockdown this was not to be. However, the...

Rail decarbonisation update

The feature in our March issue that considered the electrification required for a zero-carbon railway attracted a great deal of interest. This included a map showing that between 4,300 and 6,300 route kilometres of electrification was likely...

Reducing the costs of electrification

Guest writer: Justin Moss - Strategic Development Manager at Siemens Mobility. In March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) published its ‘Decarbonising Transport’ paper, outlining the role the transport...

The Grand Paris Express – A catalyst for urban development

The Greater Paris project seeks to transform the French capital from a monocentric city to a multipolar metropolis. At the heart of this ambitious plan, combining urban and economic development, is the Grand Paris Express, a new-build...

Intelligent Infrastructure explained

Intelligent Infrastructure is Network Rail’s digital asset performance management programme, using technology to turn data into intelligent information so the frontline and supporting teams can work smarter and more safely to deliver improved services for passengers and...

A little sand in the right place works wonders

Part 4, Passenger Service In this series so far, Rail Engineer has reported on the tests of Double Variable Rate Sanders (DVRS - a new acronym is born) on a Class 387 Electrostar at...

New MerseyRail ‘connected’ trains

Merseyrail is the commuter rail network serving Liverpool and is one of the most heavily used urban railway networks outside London. It consists of two dedicated DC third-rail electrified lines known as the Northern line and Wirral...

Respond, Rebuild, Revive and Renew

Andrew Haines considers a post-Covid railway Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines holds round-table briefings with the editors of the rail industry’s press, including Rail Engineer and sister publication RailStaff, every six months or...

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Three huge cranes remove flyover at Bletchley

Network Rail is using three of the largest cranes in the UK to lift out sections of...

Major work planned for bridge at Rainford, St Helens

Network Rail is planning a major refurbishment of a bridge over the Rainford Bypass (A570) near St Helens. Work to refurbish the...

Changing Times

When China imposed a lockdown on the 11 million residents of Wuhan in January, few imagined that a London lockdown would follow...

Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive sign agreement to develop battery trains

Train manufacturer Hitachi Rail and battery specialist Hyperdrive Innovation have got together to sign an exclusive agreement to develop battery packs to...

1,200 sleepers to be replaced on Tay Bridge

More than 1,200 sleepers are being replaced on the Tay Bridge, the longest railway structure in Scotland. One in...