Rail Industry Focus

An active Pantograph in action

An active Pantograph in action

01.07.15: Adam Hewitt reports on a demonstration of a new monitoring system to ensure reliable contact between pantographs and overhead lines. The 2014 winner of the Innovation Award from the Railway Industry Association and FutureRailway was Breckne...

Right on time

Right on time

01.07.15: Heidi Lee, communications manager at the UK’s fastest-growing rolling stock consultancy, ESG Rail, outlines a new contract with Stagecoach. ESG Rail is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Stagecoach Group...

Inspiring the next generation at iRail 2015

Inspiring the next generation at iRail 2015

17.06.15: Adam Hewitt reports from an event showcasing what the rail industry has to offer to potential engineers of the future. Nearly 100 school and college students visited the Derby Roundhouse for the sixth annual iRail event in June, learning mo...

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

15.06.15: David Goddard, head of Data Collection Service Enhancement at Network Rail, discusses the challenge of optimising infrastructure data measurement going forward. Network Rail is starting to consider the feasibility of moving equipment from i...

Rail supply group's call to arms at Railtex

Rail supply group's call to arms at Railtex

10.06.15: Terence Watson, co-chair of the Rail Supply Group, talks about the development of an industrial strategy for rail, and two programmes for suppliers are launched at Railtex. David Stevenson reports. If the domestic supply industry fails to r...

Railtex 2015

Railtex 2015

10.06.15: Adam Hewitt, David Stevenson and Sam McCaffrey look back at the rail event of the year. More than 10,000 people helped make this year’s Railtex at the Birmingham NEC a massive success, including 2,700 exhibitors from 468 companies, an...

Achieving the ‘unthinkable dream’: lessons from the Northern Line upgrade

Achieving the ‘unthinkable dream’: lessons from the Northern Line upgrade

01.05.15: The resignalling of the Northern Line has won many plaudits in recent months, after its successful completion a year ago – ahead of time, under budget and with performance outputs better than expected. In this interview with some of the ke...

Start of a new era in rail training

Start of a new era in rail training

01.05.15: The north east’s first Rail Academy dedicated to rail engineering has now been officially opened. David Stevenson reports. The doors have officially opened at Newcastle College’s new £5m Rail Academy in Gateshead, which wi...

Turn-up-and-go

Turn-up-and-go

01.05.15: A year ago, London Overground became the first operator to offer a full ‘turn-up-and-go’ service for disabled passengers. RTM spoke to LOROL stakeholder and engagement manager Sam Russell. London Overground is a high-density met...

Bombardier enters key analysis phase of IPEMU

01.05.15: Marc Phillips, head of engineering projects at Bombardier Transportation, discusses the latest phase of the IPEMU battery-powered train project and what this could mean for the future. In the February/March edition of RTM, we reported that...

Eight class 700s completed as three bridges depot prepares for testing and training

Eight class 700s completed as three bridges depot prepares for testing and training

01.05.15: Siemens is steaming ahead with production of its new trains for Thameslink, Adam Hewitt reports. Siemens has completed work on seven of its full-length Desiro City trains (12-car) for Thameslink and one reduced-length (eight-car), while mor...

Opening of NUCKLE stations pushed back until June

Opening of NUCKLE stations pushed back until June

01.05.15: Ian Walters, managing director of SLC Rail, discusses the latest developments on the NUCKLE project and why the initial station work won’t be complete for the May timetable change. David Stevenson reports. Work on the long-awaited Cov...

Piecing it all together at custom house

Piecing it all together at custom house

01.05.15: Crossrail’s only Central Section surface station has had its superstructure made 130 miles away and delivered in pre-cast pieces for installation. That part of the build has just finished, explains project manager Mujahid Khalid. The...

The new-look Euston – for now

The new-look Euston – for now

01.05.15: Adam Hewitt reports on the renovation of Euston station, and the longer-term future under HS2’s plans. The lay-out, interior and mix of shops and restaurants at Euston are being overhauled under a £12.5m renovation. New food and...

All aboard for Railtex 2015

All aboard for Railtex 2015

01.05.15: The twelfth edition of the UK’s premier rail event is opening its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 12-14 May 2015, with leading figures from the industry offering informed insights into future rail policies and tr...

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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 Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... 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. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... 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), ... 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

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

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

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

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 >