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Putting local real ale on the right tracks

08.05.09: A new Yorkshire real ale has been launched to celebrate the Penistone Line, one of the country’s most famous railway lines. The 37 mile long Penistone Line runs through picturesque scenery between Huddersfield and Sheffield. The Penis...

First Merseyrail Trials for Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication System on Network Rail Track

06.03.09: The first live trials of Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication (iWFL) on a Merseyrail 507 electric multiple unit will begin in March. The iWFL system has been developed by rail systems specialist Rowe Hankins of Bury. The trial was prompted...

Network Rail approval for TIPS printing system

20.11.08: HellermannTyton has been given the seal of approval from Network Rail for its thermal identification printing system (TIPS) product range. The TIPS system, appropriate markers (TIPTAGS) and printer ribbons have been awarded parts and docume...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.11.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme which prov...

Battery-powered wireless sensor from SPPS remotely monitors movement

16.07.08: SP Property Services (SPPS), one of the largest independent suppliers of crack and level monitoring services in the UK, now offers a battery-powered wireless sensor that remotely monitors movement of any structure. Already well-established...

For speed of application and quick turnaround, Zipcoat has it covered

16.07.08: Zipcoat from Corrocoat is a single coat, fast cure product which is already revolutionising the coating of steel structures across the globe. For many years, multi-coat systems (mainly epoxy-based) have been specified to protect steel bridg...

Avoiding the trap

13.11.07: For decades, the insertion of site workers hands inside the splices of heavy suspended rebar pile cages for the fitment of U bolts (“bulldogs”) has been common practice. Whilst the lower rebar cage may be securely attached to the pil...

Fone-Alarm Installations announce Network Rail type approval of telephone concen-trator

01.10.07: FAI has recently completed its first major order to supply Hawk Concentrator units. The Hawk is a compact, easily installed, and competitively priced concentrator that ranges from 4 lines to 60 lines with a single MMI panel, which can be either...

EAO makes TOCs tick

03.04.07: How refurbishment projects can reduce the performance pressures on train operators. It’s no surprise that Train Operating Companies are looking all the way down the supply chain to maximise reliability. The growing pressures of provid...

Powerful new 3M support for Community Rail partnerships

03.04.07: Providing a sustainable future for rural rail networks is at the heart of all Community Rail initiatives. In partnership with local authorities, train operators can achieve key Government objectives relating to the environment, economic developm...

Ashwood pumping station emergency work

01.01.07: It was August, and three failures due to turbidity had occurred at Ashwood, forcing emergency action to be taken. The turbidity was due to iron, but there was no iron in the boreholes or the contact tank they supplied. This meant that the s...

Does China have all the answers?

01.01.07: We live in an age of just in time deliveries. Whether it is in business or our personal lives, we must have it now with improved quality and performance. And looming ever larger is the China effect. Over the last five to ten years, Chinese...

Fibertex - approved geotextiles for line specification NR-SP-TRK-010

01.01.07: Correct design and maintenance of embankments and drainage systems is vital if the effects of increased rainfall and changes to soil conditions are to be minimised. Network Rail approved Fibertex geotextiles used under ballast in track work...

Introducing Fireraiser, a new addition to the Fike family

01.01.07: Fike Protection Systems Limited are pleased to announce the launch of the new Fireraser small space fire suppression system for critical risks. The Fireraser is the latest addition to their family of gaseous fixed fire suppression systems such a...

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... more >
New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14/08/2018New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of crea... more >
Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14/08/2018Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >