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Hitachi’s hybrid success

01.10.07: The world’s first hybrid trains have entered service in the UK and Japan. The trains are powered by Hitachi’s hybrid traction system developed with the aim of delivering substantial improvements in environmental performance by reduci...

Railway noise abatement: rail sector welcomes Commission initiative

02.08.07: No legal requirements necessary, but financial schemes for retro-fitting The European rail sector welcomes the fact that the European Commission is taking up the topic of retrofitting existing rail freight wagons in order to reduce noise em...

First Class 395 leaves factory on time

19.07.07: The first six-car Class 395 unit for Southeastern High Speed Services has been successfully delivered on time to the shipping line for transportation to the UK. The unit has been successfully loaded onto a ship at Hitachi’s Kasado Fac...

Metronet successfully starts new Tube train trials on Victoria line

21.06.07: Trials of a new Tube train set to enter service on the Victoria line from 2009 have started successfully, says Metronet Rail, the company renewing two-thirds of the Tube. The eight carriage pre-production train is steadily being introduced...

Angel Trains leases to rail traction company three Bombardier Traxx DC locomotives

07.06.07: Angel Trains revealed at the rollout of the first Bombardier Traxx DC locomotive in Vado Ligure, near Genoa, that it has concluded a ten-year lease with Rail Traction Company (RTC) for three of these locomotives for operation across the domestic...

Chiltern Railways announces £6 million train makeover

07.06.07: Over the next 5 months, passengers will gradually see the changes take shape in the entire fleet of Clubman trains, which predominantly travel between Birmingham and London Marylebone via Banbury, with the project due for completion by autumn. ...

Virgin Trains leads Europe with biodiesel train

07.06.07: Sir Richard Branson and Gordon Brown launched Europe's first biodiesel blend train in scheduled passenger service – the 11:27 from London Euston to Llandudno on Thursday, June 7. In advance of the launch the Chancellor of the Excheque...

Leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services referred to the Competition Commission

01.05.07: The Office of Rail Regulation has announced its decision to refer the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The decision follows a full public consultation on ORR...

New lease of life for iconic 125s

01.05.07: GNER has launched the first of its new-look diesel 125 trains as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for passengers along the East Coast Main Line. First introduced...

New trains for North East passengers

01.05.07: Grand Central has announced that it is preparing to place an order for new rolling stock. The new stock will be a direct replacement for Grand Central’s iconic HST (High Speed Train) that has served the UK rail industry so well over t...

Corus unveils new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives

01.03.07: Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES) has unveiled its brand new range of British-designed and manufactured locomotives, the first of this type of locomotive to be manufactured in the UK for more than 15 years. Corus has already commis...

A centre of excellence for rail drive systems

01.01.07: ZF Great Britain Limited has been supplying rail drive systems for more than 40 years. It has underlined its commitment to customers in the rail sector by opening a dedicated centre of excellence. ZF offers a full line of drive systems for...

AB Connectors-at the forefront of innovation

01.01.07: AB Connectors, part of TT Electronics Plc, is recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnection systems for the harsh environments found in the rail industry, where high performance and reliability are...

New rail bearing test facilties at Schaeffler

01.01.07: Schaeffler Group Industrial has extended its railway bearing test bay at its Schweinfurt FAG site with new test rigs for wheel set bearings. This will enable the company to carry out testing in compliance with European standard DIN EN 12082, whi...

Roxtec sealing system for railway

01.01.07: Rolling stock, car bodies, shelters and trackside equipment. Whatever your applications, Roxtec has the right sealing solutions for openings with cables, pipes and hoses, all based on the versatile Multidiameter technology which allows a perfect...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >