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Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

Major milestone as first Class 385 makes Edinburgh-Linlithgow trip

19.10.17: The first of the new Class 385 electric trains, which still has interiors to be fitted, made its inaugural mainline trip between Edinburgh and Linlithgow last night. This journey represents a major step forward for Scotland’s Edinburg...

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

West Midlands JV awards £680m deal for over 100 new trains

17.10.17: Bombardier Trains and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) have been handed a major £680m contract to build 107 diesel and electric trains as part of the new West Midlands franchise. The new trains will be made up of 413 c...

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

Launch of new GWR Intercity Express trains marred by major issues

16.10.17: A delayed service, leaky air conditioning and cramped carriages marred the launch of GWR’s Intercity Express as transport secretary Chris Grayling was due to make his first trip on the service. A broken air conditioning unit dripped o...

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

Hitachi unveils first finished ScotRail Class 385

13.10.17: Hitachi has produced the first finished Class 385 commuter train that is set to be rolled out in Scotland from its factory in Newton Aycliffe. The first of the 70 new units, fully completed with interiors, was planned to be split betwe...

Form and function realised through advanced materials

Form and function realised through advanced materials

25.09.17: Paul Gallen, sector manager at the National Composites Centre (NCC), outlines the benefits that composite materials bring to the production and operation of more lightweight trains. Current rolling stock makes extensive use of fibre-reinfor...

GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

GTR completes rolling stock upgrade on Thameslink route

18.09.17: Thameslink passengers will from today enjoy solely new trains on routes, as Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) completed the replacement of its old fleet with new Siemens Class 700 rolling stock. People travelling between London Bridge, Gatwick...

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

First of ScotRail’s revamped HSTs arrives for driver training

14.09.17: The first of ScotRail’s refurbished high-speed trains has arrived in Aberdeen to start driver training ahead of the fleet being rolled out next year. When finished, the revamped rolling stock will create a new connection between Scotl...

VLR revolution:  Phase 2 project launches

VLR revolution: Phase 2 project launches

14.09.17: Nick Mallinson, the programme manager at WMG centre HVM Catapult, on the progress of the Very Light Rail (VLR) project. Transport Design International (TDI) has formed a project consortium including Unipart Rail, Axiom Rail, Cummins and WMG...

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

Greater Anglia unveils fresh mock-ups of new Bombardier fleet

12.09.17: Greater Anglia has today released new images of what the interior of its new Bombardier-built carriages will look like when they are rolled out for passengers from 2019. The mock-ups of the new Aventra train were created at Bombardier&rsquo...

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

FLIRTs: engaging the industry

11.09.17: When Abellio was bidding for the East Anglia franchise in 2015, it was clear that passengers and stakeholders wanted new trains. Now, nearly one year into its new franchise and following a recent external consultation over their design, Mike Kea...

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

Elizabeth Line rolling stock: a culture of co-operation

11.09.17: With the Elizabeth Line tantalisingly close to completion and the first of its new rolling stock already on track, David Sherrin, senior project manager for rolling stock at TfL, updates RTM’s Josh Mines on the progress and delivery of the...

TPE updates passengers on progress of new CAF rolling stock

TPE updates passengers on progress of new CAF rolling stock

08.09.17: Transpennine Express (TPE) has this week shown passengers anther image of how work is progressing with the bodyshells for its new fleet of trains for Scotland and the north west. The rolling stock, being delivered by Spanish firm CAF, will...

The history of yellow

The history of yellow

04.09.17: As Elizabeth Line trains prepare to become the first to run with all-black panels since the steam era, Greg Morse, lead operational feedback specialist at the RSSB, takes a look back at the fascinating history of the famous yellow front end. ...

Greater Anglia’s £3.8m Class 321 refurb nears completion

Greater Anglia’s £3.8m Class 321 refurb nears completion

04.09.17: The £3.8m refurbishment of 54 Greater Anglia Class 321s is fast nearing its completion at the operator’s Clacton-on-Sea depot. The fleet of 321s, which run between Liverpool Street and Southend, Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswic...

Thameslink replaces last of 30-year-old Class 319 fleet

Thameslink replaces last of 30-year-old Class 319 fleet

01.09.17: Thameslink has reached a major milestone this week after replacing the last of its Class 319 fleet with the new Siemens-built Class 700s. GTR, which operates Thameslink between Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon, Sutton and Sevenoaks, said that o...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
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 >

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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 >