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Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

27.03.17: Southern’s Class 377 fleet has been given a major upgrade to make it more resilient to frost and snowy weather this winter. Engineers have finished work upgrading the 1.5-tonne line inductors that sit beneath the 377s, which smooth ou...

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...

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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 >