Rolling stock

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...

Sneak peek at new £150m Caledonian Sleeper carriages

Sneak peek at new £150m Caledonian Sleeper carriages

31.08.17: Caledonian Sleeper has given passengers a special sneak peek of its £150m fleet of state-of-the-art carriages that are currently under construction in Spain via a new dedicated website. The website allows visitors to get an exclusive...

First new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock arrives at Velim test track

First new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock arrives at Velim test track

24.08.17: New rolling stock for Caledonian Sleeper services have reached a milestone today as operator Serco said that the trains have arrived at a test track in the Czech Republic to undergo key testing for a number of weeks. The first of the 75 Mk...

Virgin Azuma crosses Scottish border for first time in test run

Virgin Azuma crosses Scottish border for first time in test run

17.08.17: Virgin’s Class 800 Azuma trains have this week made the journey beyond the Scottish border for the first time. The inaugural run north of the border between London and Edinburgh was done as part of a testing programme by Hitachi, who...

Greater Anglia unveils more images of bi-mode and intercity FLIRT trains

Greater Anglia unveils more images of bi-mode and intercity FLIRT trains

11.08.17: Greater Anglia has today given passengers a glimpse at what the brand new trains that will operate on its intercity, regional and Stansted Express services will look like. The computer-generated photos show more detail of what the FLIRT tra...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >