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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...

Angel Trains to finance £900m procurement of Abellio’s East Anglia electric fleet

Angel Trains to finance £900m procurement of Abellio’s East Anglia electric fleet

03.10.16: The £900m needed to purchase 665 electric cars for Abellio’s new East Anglia fleet will be provided by financier Angel Trains. In August, Abellio, the existing East Anglia franchise holder, was named as the preferred bidder to o...

GTR completes Gatwick Express fleet renewal

GTR completes Gatwick Express fleet renewal

27.09.16: The renewal of the Gatwick Express fleet has now been completed, with a fleet of 27 Class 387/2 Electrostars introduced on the route after a seven month fleet renewal programme. The £145m trains feature two-by-two seating with more le...

ScotRail Class 385s undergo 100mph testing in Czech Republic

ScotRail Class 385s undergo 100mph testing in Czech Republic

23.09.16: Testing of the Hitachi trains to be used on ScotRail’s new electrified routes has now begun in Czech Republic. While first Class 385 trains are being tested in Velim, a second train, a four-car vehicle without interiors, has arrived i...

DRS and Beacon buy 10 new Stadler Class 88 locos for UK use

DRS and Beacon buy 10 new Stadler Class 88 locos for UK use

22.09.16: The Stadler Class 88 Eurodual UK dual-powered locomotive is due to start operating in the UK after being unveiled at InnoTrans earlier this week. Direct Rail Services, in partnership with Beacon Rail Leasing Limited, has ordered 10 of the l...

Alstom unveils ‘breakthrough’ hydrogen-powered train at InnoTrans

Alstom unveils ‘breakthrough’ hydrogen-powered train at InnoTrans

21.09.16: Alstom has unveiled a zero-emissions train which is powered by hydrogen at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin yesterday. The Coradia iLint is a CO2-emission-free regional train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, meaning it can act as an alter...

Bi-mode fleet needed by 2020, says major East Midlands rail strategy

Bi-mode fleet needed by 2020, says major East Midlands rail strategy

16.09.16: A new fleet of intercity-style bi-mode trains is needed to deliver a greater level of service as part of the upcoming 2018 East Midlands franchise, according to the results of a consultation into the future of the region's rail network. The...

Enabling repeatable wheelset damage identification

Enabling repeatable wheelset damage identification

12.09.16: Surface crack measurement technology has been used for rail defect inspections for nearly 10 years, but Dr Adam Bevan, head of enterprise at the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR), and Stephanie Klecha, UK eng...

First Electrostars enter service on Great Western Railway

First Electrostars enter service on Great Western Railway

05.09.16: The first Class 387 Electrostars entered into general service on the Great Western Railway (GWR) line today. The first two trains will operate eight services a day between Hayes & Harlington and London Paddington, in eight-car formation...

Unleashing the potential of the Class 800s

Unleashing the potential of the Class 800s

31.08.16: Andy Rogers, projects director at Hitachi Rail Europe, talks to RTM’s David Stevenson after two of the company’s Class 800 InterCity Express Trains made test runs on the recently electrified Reading to Didcot section of the GWML. ...

A fresh look for VTEC

A fresh look for VTEC

31.08.16: John Doughty, engineering director for Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), talks to RTM about the progress that has been made on refreshing the operator’s 45-strong fleet. As RTM went to press, VTEC had reached the halfway point of its &...

Alstom delivers 17 upgraded Class 323s to Arriva North

Alstom delivers 17 upgraded Class 323s to Arriva North

18.08.16: Alstom has finished modernising 17 Class 323 trains operated by Arriva North, all of which run on Manchester’s electrified network. The company, which won the contract to upgrade the fleet’s power and control electronics to make...

ScotRail unveils first two fully revamped Class 320s

ScotRail unveils first two fully revamped Class 320s

17.08.16: ScotRail has this week rolled out the first two refurbished examples of the seven Class 320 trains set to run on cross-Glasgow services via Glasgow Central Low Level. It first announced late last year that the seven trains, owned by Eversho...

Great Western orders seven more AT300s

Great Western orders seven more AT300s

05.08.16: Great Western Railway (GWR) has confirmed that it will order seven more AT300 trains from Hitachi, as part of a £139m order. The new trains are in addition to the fleet of 57 Hitachi is already supplying GWR with as part of the £...

RSSB publishes new requirements for rolling stock

RSSB publishes new requirements for rolling stock

04.08.16: The Rail Safety and Standards Branch (RSSB) has published its fourth edition of Key Train Requirements, setting out the latest requirements for rolling stock procurers, manufacturers and system suppliers. In the updated document, the RSSB s...

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Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25/05/2018Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia has completed a £1m refurbishment of its Essex and Hertfordshire commuter trains, it has announced. The refurb, which will ... more >
Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

25/05/2018Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

The working partnership between MTR Crossrail and trade union Aslef has been recognised in a case study by the Involvement and Participation Associ... more >
Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

25/05/2018Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

Sir John Armitt has called for the independent financial review of Crossrail 2 to report back by the end of this year. Speaking at the UK Transp... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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 >