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Getting fire testing standards right

Getting fire testing standards right

23.03.17: Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, and how a new seat fire test standard has been drafted. Fires on-board trains are thankfully rar...

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot

21.03.17: Swiss manufacturer Stadler has today struck a £20m deal with BAM Nuttall to construct a brand-new train depot in Kirkdale, as well as refurbishing an existing depot in Birkenhead North to bring it up to modern standards.  The ann...

The importance of slipstream safety

The importance of slipstream safety

16.03.17: Simon Lomax, inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), discusses the importance of communicating sufficient slipstream safety information at stations following last year’s accident at Twyford. Readers will probably h...

The future of rolling stock engineering

The future of rolling stock engineering

16.03.17: Perpetuum’s Justin Southcombe explains why filling the skills gap that exists in the rail industry must be addressed, especially when it comes to remote condition (RCM) technology. These are exciting times for the rail industry. Vast...

Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

16.03.17: ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transformation director, Ian McConnell, gives RTM an update on its transformational Class 385 fleet, which will be introduced into passenger service from this autumn. Scotland’s railway carries...

The almost forgotten cascade

The almost forgotten cascade

14.03.17: After taking on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise, it is fair to say that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has faced some bad press, especially with regards to the introduction of driver-only operation on Southern....

Using virtual reality to improve safety

Using virtual reality to improve safety

14.03.17: Matthew Long, driver trainer and VR project manager at Arriva Trains Wales, discusses how the industry’s first-ever virtual reality (VR) simulator for platform train interface (PTI) training has developed and what this could mean for custo...

Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish electrification

Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish electrification

13.03.17: The pace of building of electric and bi-mode trains for the UK’s rail network is smaller than expected due to Network Rail’s electrification of the railway being “slower than anticipated”, the Rail Delivery Group’s...

First bodyshell completed by CAF for new TPE fleet

First bodyshell completed by CAF for new TPE fleet

10.03.17: Pictures of the first bodyshell for new rolling stock to be used by TransPennine Express (TPE) have been unveiled as the operator looks to introduce 13 five-car Mark 5A Coaches – being built by Spanish company CAF – as part of its br...

Where next for the D-Train?

Where next for the D-Train?

09.03.17: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the future of the company’s Class 230, after the recent fire incident during testing at Christmas. It wasn’t ideal. On one of the last test runs...

Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service

Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service

07.03.17: The first of Greater Anglia’s (GA) refurbished Class 170 trains is to re-enter passenger service in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Arriva Traincare undertook the upgrade project at its Crewe facility under contract to Porterbroo...

Eversholt awards £6m Class 320 upgrade contract to KBRS

Eversholt awards £6m Class 320 upgrade contract to KBRS

06.03.17: Eversholt Rail has awarded the £6m contract for the upgrade of its 22-strong fleet of Class 320 trains to Knorr-Bremse RailsServices (KBRS) in another step to improve rolling stock on ScotRail services. The upgrade, to be carried out...

Merseytravel and Stadler sign new fleet deal, but legal challenge remains

Merseytravel and Stadler sign new fleet deal, but legal challenge remains

16.02.17: Merseytravel has finally signed the contract with Stadler to build and maintain its new Merseyrail fleet in a deal worth up to £700m, but Bombardier’s legal challenge to the deal remains in place. The contract, which Stadler won...

Hitachi Italy starts Class 802 bi-mode production for GWR

Hitachi Italy starts Class 802 bi-mode production for GWR

16.02.17: Hitachi Rail Italy has started the production work on the Class 802 bi-mode fleet for Great Western Railway (GWR), with the new trains expected to be phased into passenger service from summer 2018. The new fleet, which is being manufactured...

ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

31.01.17: ScotRail has begun testing one of its new Hitachi-built Class 385 trains on Scotland’s railway network for the first time. The four-car train, codenamed T2 by the company, is one of a fleet of 70 trains being built by Hitachi Rail Eur...

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Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

24/03/2017Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June

A total of £8.6bn worth of civil contracts for the first phase of HS2, which were due to be awarded next month, have been pushed back to Ju... more >
RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

24/03/2017RSGF releases £2m funding to drive new composite tube doors production

A £2m funding package for the recently launched Rail Supply Growth Fund (RSGF), managed by Finance Birmingham, has been announced, allowing... more >
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24/03/2017Improvement plans at Ely North move forward with £8.8m LEP investment

The rail network in East Cambridgeshire is set to receive a £8.8m cash injection from two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the area ... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

24/03/2017Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

Work has been completed to raise the height of walls bordering the railway heritage site at Royal Terrace and Union Road in Linlithgow, as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). A total of £650k has been put into the project to ensure the boundary of the railway is compliant with safety standards for an electrif... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >