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3D scanning of the Mail Rail system

It may come as a surprise, but London Underground doesn’t have the only underground railway network in the nation’s capital. Running directly under the feet of millions of unsuspecting Londoners and passing many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, the Post Office Underground Railway – Mail Rail – ran between 1927...

Video report: Insight into the charity that looks at disused railway structures

Insight into the charity that looks after more than 650 disused railway structures with the intention of them hosting foot and cycle paths.
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Video: Chorley flying arches

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Read more

Chorley flying arches return

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Writes Graeme Bickerdike The 16 masonry structures, now Grade II listed, were temporarily replaced with steel props...

Weapon of war

The coming of the railways in the 19th century revolutionised military planning. The First World War saw the railways put to use as a major weapon of war. For the first time it became possible to mobilise millions of men and keep them supplied hundreds of miles from home. Colin Garratt reports World War One […]

Hong Kong’s double-decker tram celebrates 110 years

One of the world's last-remaining double-decker tram systems has celebrated 110 years of service. The Hong Kong Tramway, which operates a fleet of 163 two-floor trams, opened on July 30, 1904. Throughout July, RATPDev Transdev Asia, the RATP/Veolia joint venture which...

The role of railways in WW1

Every evening at 8 o’clock in Ypres in Belgium, four buglers from the town’s volunteer fire brigade assemble under the imposing Menin Gate. Passers by fall silent as the men sound the Last Post. The local police chief, Pierre Vandenbraambussche, instituted the practice as an expression of thanks by Belgium for those who died to […]

Derbyshire rail tunnel named world’s oldest

The Guinness World Book of Records has awarded a rail tunnel in Derbyshire, which was unearthed by archaeologists last year, the title of world’s oldest. Located in Fritchley near Crich, the tunnel is thought to date back to around 1793...

EBRD to support L’viv tram extension

Investors have committed millions of euros to extend and modernise a tram system in the historic Ukrainian city of L'viv. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has committed a loan of up to €6 million and investment grant...

The fall and rise of Britain’s railways

Part 6: Sectorisation This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Beeching’s ‘The Re-Shaping of British Railways’. Colin Garratt reports 2013 also sees the thirtieth anniversary of the Serpell Report. These two events mirrored the tempestuous undertones of railway policy in the years following World War Two. In this eight part series, Colin Garratt of [...]
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Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

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Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX Logistik, which was founded in...

First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...