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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...

Siemens unveils plans for £200m train factory in East Yorkshire

Siemens unveils plans for £200m train factory in East Yorkshire

02.03.18: Siemens has revealed plans to build a £200m train factory in East Yorkshire aimed at developing and commissioning new rolling stock. The state-of-the-art facility would be developed in Goole, with the company claiming it will create 7...

Vivarail to supply three D-Trains to West Midlands Trains

Vivarail to supply three D-Trains to West Midlands Trains

01.03.18: Vivarail has today announced that it has entered an agreement with West Midlands trains to build three new Class 230 D-Trains for the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley. West Midlands Trains is the first franchise to have made...

New Intercity Express train reaches Inverness depot for testing

New Intercity Express train reaches Inverness depot for testing

28.02.18: A new Intercity Express train has arrived at the Inverness depot for the first time today for testing. The new Hitachi-built train is the first of a fleet of 65 Intercity Express trains that will run from Inverness and Aberdeen, via Edinburgh...

Quantifying protection

Quantifying protection

27.02.18: Dr Nicola Symonds, operations director of nC2, Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, discusses issues around material selection. How protected are your components and systems from their environment? In most appli...

‘Milestone moment’ as Elizabeth Line train makes successful debut in new tunnels

‘Milestone moment’ as Elizabeth Line train makes successful debut in new tunnels

26.02.18: The first of the Elizabeth Line trains made its debut journey on Crossrail’s new south east London tunnels last night. With 10 months to go until the line officially launches, the new train represents the first journey to leave Abbey...

First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23.02.18: After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger service by summer. The two-car train is the first production battery unit in the UK, powered by t...

Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

22.02.18: There should be more research into the design of train seats in order to provide a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers, the RSSB has argued. According to the organisation, this would mean a more scientific approach to measuring...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >