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First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04.05.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s new bi-mode trains is now being tested in Switzerland as the rest of its brand-new intercity and Stansted Express trains undergo assembly in a factory nearby. Stadler is building 58 trains for Greater Ang...

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

Brand-new £200m Class 717s undergo testing ahead of autumn roll-out

02.05.18: A team of around 200 Siemens engineers are currently testing 12 of the newly built Class 717 Desiro City trains as part of a £200m fleet deal to be delivered to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) later this year. The programme, which...

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

24.04.18: Greater Anglia has begun work on its £40m investment into its Crown Point Depot. The depot will be transformed to accommodate the train operator’s new fleet of longer trains, expected to enter service next year. A new train washi...

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

20.04.18: A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s network from spring next year, it has confirmed. GWR said the innovative fleet – which ope...

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 1 trains, built by Hitachi, left Japan earlier this week and is due to arrive in the UK in two months’ time. Once the train completes its shipping journey, it will be tes...

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

19.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 3 trains, manufactured by CAF, has commenced testing ahead of delivery at the end of 2018. A variety of tests, which include aerodynamics, braking and on-board information systems...

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

Testing begins on new Caledonian Sleeper carriages

16.04.18: Testing has begun on the brand new Caledonian Sleeper carriages for the first time. The overnight Caledonian Sleeper rail service is to be transformed when the new £100m fleet is introduced later this year. There will be a phased trans...

First new Greater Anglia train takes shape

First new Greater Anglia train takes shape

16.04.18: Work is well underway on the first brand new fleet of Greater Anglia trains in production at Bombardier’s Derby factory. Greater Anglia is replacing all of its trains, with 111 of them being built by UK-based Bombardier. Two production...

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

27.03.18: Thameslink passengers have this week been given a ride on the first self-drive train journey on the UK mainline network. The technology will be used in the future along with Network Rail’s new digital signalling system to run a train...

Virgin Azuma rolling stock arrives in Edinburgh for driver training

Virgin Azuma rolling stock arrives in Edinburgh for driver training

26.03.18: Virgin’s brand new Azuma rolling stock has arrived into Edinburgh today ahead of driver training for the trains commencing. Customers will also be given a chance to sneak a first peek at the trains, which will be positioned at Edinbur...

First Virgin Azuma trains arrive in UK after two-month journey from Japan

First Virgin Azuma trains arrive in UK after two-month journey from Japan

21.03.18: Two brand new Hitachi trains completed their two month journey from Japan yesterday, arriving at Teesport, Middlesborough. The two five-car trains, which will form part of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma fleet, will be initially be used for trai...

Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

12.03.18: A duo of ScotRail Class 170 trains have arrived at Northern’s Neville Hill depot near Leeds. The trains, which previously provided services north of the border, will undergo a full refurbishment, with new features including power sockets...

Final Thameslink Class 700 train rolls off production line

Final Thameslink Class 700 train rolls off production line

09.03.18: The final Siemens Class 700 Desiro city train rolled off the production line yesterday. The production of the 115th unit marks a significant milestone in the completion of the government-sponsored Thameslink programme to upgrade the route and a...

Northern sends first Class 195 for testing in Czech Republic

Northern sends first Class 195 for testing in Czech Republic

08.03.18: Northern Rail has sent its first Class 195 DMU from CAF’s facility in northern Spain to Velim, Czech Republic, where initial testing will begin. The unit is part of a fleet of 55 trains – split between 25 two-car units and 30 th...

‘Explosion’ reported near track as Merseyrail sees service delays

‘Explosion’ reported near track as Merseyrail sees service delays

08.03.18: Merseyrail warned passengers of delays between Liverpool and Ormskirk this morning after some passengers reported seeing an ‘explosion’ on a train passing through Old Roan station. The operator cited “power supply problems...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >