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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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Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24/09/2018Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disru... more >
Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

24/09/2018Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

The London mayor has failed to quell concerns about the future of the city’s Crossrail project after he claimed he ‘cannot be sure&rs... more >
Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme... more > more last word articles >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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