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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,...

A rich and rugged canvas

Health workers from St Thomas' Hospital no longer have to walk past drab brickwork as they walk under the railway on their way to and from work. Artist Lionel Stanhope has been speaking with...

How to take the stress out of ‘working from home’

Whether working from home or being furloughed, the combination of loneliness and fear of the unknown makes this a stressful time. Looking after our mental health is as important as our physical wellbeing. Polly...

Surviving COVID-19

COVID-19 is an awful disease that has killed a lot of people. But what is it like to actually suffer it, and survive? Kirsten Whitehouse has worked with RailStaff for several years, as exhibition...

O’Neill & Brennan keeping the rail workforce safe from COVID-19

As the world slowly returns to normal, and the lockdown eases, more and more people are returning to work. Those who can, will still largely be working from home. But those that can’t, which...

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Hatfield remembered, twenty years on

Twenty years ago, on 17 October 2000, a train derailed just south of Hatfield station while...

Two new Black Country railway stations receive planning approval

Planning permission has been granted for two new railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line, marking a major milestone in...

Lubricants firm supports world’s first preserved railway

The world’s first preserved railway is one of 50 heritage and steam railways across the UK that is receiving support from a...

Car crashes onto tracks at Stirling station

In a bizarre incident, a car crashed through a fence at Stirling station on Wednesday 14 October 2020 and ended up on...

Porterbrook wins with HydroFLEX

BusinessGreen’s Transport Project of the Year award has gone to Porterbrook for the UK’s first hydrogen train, HydroFLEX.