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Mechanical signalling on major trunk routes

Mechanical signalling on major trunk routes

06.02.15: This has quite often happened where major resignalling schemes in the past have stopped just short of a strategic junction, leaving it controlled by a mechanical box (or two, as at Banbury) fringing onto several large control areas. Other exampl...

Adrian Shooter – man with a plan

Adrian Shooter – man with a plan

30.01.15: I like the way this man thinks. He's not being stupidly ambitious with rose-tinted spectacles, he's managed to come with a pretty clever way of solving the Pacer problem without spending a fortune. I like the idea of being resourceful if th...

D-Train idea is an insult to Northern Rail users

D-Train idea is an insult to Northern Rail users

23.01.15: Pacers can do 75mph. D-Trains will have a 60mph speed limit – already being called Crawlers. (And how comfortable is D78 stock even at 60?) A two-car D-train would have less seats than a two-car Pacer and possibly no toilet (see Vivar...

Not so sad to see the back of the Class 170s on FTPE

Not so sad to see the back of the Class 170s on FTPE

16.01.15: The Class 170's aren’t great, let's be honest. They're noisy, cramped and vibrate. We suffer with the wretched things on the XC Trains routes from Nottingham to Cardiff and from Birmingham to Stanstead Airport where there is a desperate sh...

Northampton station

Northampton station

09.01.15: Whilst the new station does look fantastic, it is three months behind schedule. Other infrastructure projects have also suffered recent delays. Liverpool to Manchester electrification should have been ready for services in early December but, as...

Responsibility for engineering works over-runs

Responsibility for engineering works over-runs

02.01.15: In response to a previous commenter – 2Nd Cornets, Gisby was not responsible for the Xmas debacle; he's the Operations MD. He's not in charge of the projects taking place, but responsible for picking up the pieces when they fail. At l...

 Transpennine electrification

Transpennine electrification

19.12.14: Electrification of this route seemed a strange sudden revelation considering it having the only new fleet of units in the North since the electric 333s on the Leeds Wharfedale lines, new units in 2006-7 being Diesel Siemens Desiro three-car, esp...

East West Rail route

East West Rail route

12.12.14: I'm not of the opinion that Bedford Midland can be on the route anymore. I would now go from Oxford, Bletchley, Northampton, Olney, Bedford, Stewartby... New track connecting to Hitchin from Stewartby, Hitchin, Royston, Cambridge and Eastwards. ...

What will the Pacers be replaced with?

What will the Pacers be replaced with?

05.12.14: All well and good to talk about new DMUs, but can someone please tell me where suitable diesel engines are coming from? As I understand it, currently there aren't any diesels suitable for placing beneath the floor of a DEMU available – the...

East Coast franchise decision

East Coast franchise decision

28.11.14: Now that a decision has been taken to award the East Coast franchise to ‘Virgin East Coast’, then the West Coast franchise should be transferred to the displaced Directly Operated Railways. It has provided a benchmark on one line so...

Heseltine backs call for HS2 to run direct to Liverpool

Heseltine backs call for HS2 to run direct to Liverpool

21.11.14: This is a load of bull. Elections are coming up and Heseltine has been brought out of his bath chair to support the government in promising anything to get re-elected.  George Osborne is spouting off a lot of hot air for the same purpo...

Train drivers ignoring warning signals and systems

Train drivers ignoring warning signals and systems

14.11.14: Surely this is a flawed system if the driver can restart the train after the TPWS was triggered. With today’s technology it is possible to disable the train until the driver is given a code to input before the train will restart... ...

Rolling stock in the north

Rolling stock in the north

06.11.14: “Brand new trains will replace the existing trains on stopping services from Shenfield to London from 2017”. People will ask what will happen to the Class 315s and 321s, will they be scrapped? No, of course they won't, they will...

Gatwick Express fleet

Gatwick Express fleet

31.10.14: The 442 stock only become available to Southern as SWT were unwilling to continuing paying a higher leasing cost than the 444 units. 442 stock is unsuited for use in Sussex (the Gatwick Express service is likely to run half-hourly to Brighton) o...

Stoke, Crewe and HS2

Stoke, Crewe and HS2

24.10.14: When the French high speed lines were being planned, almost everyone wanted to be on the network but, of course, it was impractical to include every town or city. Whilst Stoke has indeed put forward a good case to have a station on HS2, we...

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DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

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Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

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Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

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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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme... more > more last word articles >

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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 >

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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

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iRail: investing in the future

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The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

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Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

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Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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