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Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

06.01.17: A number of Northern’s Class 319 electric trains will be converted to bi-mode operation thanks to a new unit from leasing company Porterbrook. The Class 319 Flex will be fitted onto eight of Northern’s 32 four-car Class 319 flee...

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

22.12.16: The Hitachi Rail Europe Class 802s that are bound for introduction on the Great Western Railway are to run on PowerPacks from Rolls-Royce’s MTU company. Hitachi ordered 136 Series 1600 PowerPacks, which will be installed in 36 of its...

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

22.12.16: A wheel slide guard designed to tackle the problem of autumn leaves on the railway is due to be rolled out on Porterbrook’s fleet after a successful trial. Porterbrook developed the system of wheel slide protection to install on its f...

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

20.12.16: The first trains of South West Trains’ new £210m fleet have arrived at Clapham ahead of final testing in the New Year. The Siemens-built Class 707 Desiro City trains will accommodate approximately 11,000 passengers every weekday...

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

19.12.16: Greater Anglia’s new-look Class 321 Renatus train has been launched at London Liverpool Street station in a passenger-focused upgrade of the TOC’s original rolling stock. The Class 321 Renatus is the result of several years&rsqu...

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

01.12.16: The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells a...

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

30.11.16: The new railway link between Oxford and London Marylebone has come a step closer as trains began testing ahead of its opening. The new service, featuring two Chiltern trains an hour, will begin running on 12 December after the final track w...

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

25.11.16: Vivarail’s prototype Class 230 has been sent off for mainline testing prior to entering service on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line. The 230-001 set off by road from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre yesterday to Tyseley Locomo...

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

22.11.16: Henrik Anderberg, managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland, gives an update on the company’s first zero-emission self-powered train. At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, the railway industry&rsquo...

In pursuit of the perfect train design

In pursuit of the perfect train design

22.11.16: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the impracticality of creating a train that suits everyone’s needs, and the design the company has adopted for the Class 230 on the Coventry to Nuneaton lin...

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

09.11.16: The new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 trains have passed another milestone as the first one began operating on the suburban Wimbledon and Sutton loop. The eight-car Class 700 has been operating 11 services a day since 31 October...

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

Hull Trains completes fleet expansion deal with £60m AT300 order

02.11.16: Hull Trains has finally completed a deal to invest £60m in a new fleet of Hitachi AT300s, which are expected to come into service on the open access operator’s route in 2019. Financed by Angel Trains, the deal will see Hitachi R...

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

Huddersfield test site will allow technology to reach tracks faster

01.11.16: A one-of-a-kind test facility created to fast-track new rail technology has opened in Huddersfield. The £4.5m Centre for Innovation in Rail features a 150-ton test rig, funded by the Regional Growth Fund, which is the only one of its...

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

First Class 387-1 enters service on Great Northern

13.10.16: The first train in the Class 387/1 Electrostars fleet entered service on the Great Northern line this week. From 10 October, the four-carriage train began running six services every day between King's Cross and Cambridge/Letchworth Garden C...

Abellio completes £600m financing deal for Stadler rolling stock

Abellio completes £600m financing deal for Stadler rolling stock

05.10.16: Abellio has today finalised contracts worth over £600m to procure and finance 58 Stadler Flirt trains as part of the new East Anglia franchise. Funding for the 378 electro-diesel multiple-units was led by Rock Rail and SL Capital Part...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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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 >

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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 >