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ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

ScotRail begins night-testing Class 385 trains

31.01.17: ScotRail has begun testing one of its new Hitachi-built Class 385 trains on Scotland’s railway network for the first time. The four-car train, codenamed T2 by the company, is one of a fleet of 70 trains being built by Hitachi Rail Eur...

WMR unveils new-look livery designs for West Midlands rolling stock

WMR unveils new-look livery designs for West Midlands rolling stock

31.01.17: New-look livery designs have been released for how commuter trains in the West Midlands could look when a new operator takes over the franchise in October this year. The franchisee will run services on the regional network on behalf of the...

All aboard the digital train

All aboard the digital train

27.01.17: Kevin Ives, digital transformation director at Arriva UK Trains, talks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the company’s ongoing Digital Train programme, designed to enable continuous connectivity supported by a wealth of analytics and bespo...

D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

D-Train project derailed as partners pull out of trial

10.01.17: The future of the D-Train on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line is in doubt after local partners pulled out of the project. The three-car Class 230 train, built by Vivarail from upcycled parts of London Underground trains, was originall...

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

Porterbrook and Northern to develop bi-mode Class 319s

06.01.17: A number of Northern’s Class 319 electric trains will be converted to bi-mode operation thanks to a new unit from leasing company Porterbrook. The Class 319 Flex will be fitted onto eight of Northern’s 32 four-car Class 319 flee...

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

MTU to supply PowerPacks for Great Western Class 802s

22.12.16: The Hitachi Rail Europe Class 802s that are bound for introduction on the Great Western Railway are to run on PowerPacks from Rolls-Royce’s MTU company. Hitachi ordered 136 Series 1600 PowerPacks, which will be installed in 36 of its...

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

22.12.16: A wheel slide guard designed to tackle the problem of autumn leaves on the railway is due to be rolled out on Porterbrook’s fleet after a successful trial. Porterbrook developed the system of wheel slide protection to install on its f...

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

20.12.16: The first trains of South West Trains’ new £210m fleet have arrived at Clapham ahead of final testing in the New Year. The Siemens-built Class 707 Desiro City trains will accommodate approximately 11,000 passengers every weekday...

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

Greater Anglia launches new-look Class 321s

19.12.16: Greater Anglia’s new-look Class 321 Renatus train has been launched at London Liverpool Street station in a passenger-focused upgrade of the TOC’s original rolling stock. The Class 321 Renatus is the result of several years&rsqu...

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February

01.12.16: The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process. The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells a...

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

Test trains launched on Oxford to London Marylebone link

30.11.16: The new railway link between Oxford and London Marylebone has come a step closer as trains began testing ahead of its opening. The new service, featuring two Chiltern trains an hour, will begin running on 12 December after the final track w...

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

Vivarail Class 230 to start mainline testing

25.11.16: Vivarail’s prototype Class 230 has been sent off for mainline testing prior to entering service on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line. The 230-001 set off by road from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre yesterday to Tyseley Locomo...

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

How a zero-emission train could revolutionise UK railways

22.11.16: Henrik Anderberg, managing director for regional & intercity at Alstom UK & Ireland, gives an update on the company’s first zero-emission self-powered train. At this year’s InnoTrans in Berlin, the railway industry&rsquo...

In pursuit of the perfect train design

In pursuit of the perfect train design

22.11.16: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the impracticality of creating a train that suits everyone’s needs, and the design the company has adopted for the Class 230 on the Coventry to Nuneaton lin...

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

Thameslink Class 700 rolled out on suburban route

09.11.16: The new Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Class 700 trains have passed another milestone as the first one began operating on the suburban Wimbledon and Sutton loop. The eight-car Class 700 has been operating 11 services a day since 31 October...

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GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

15/06/2018GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

The chief executive of struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will resign. Charles Horton, the boss of GTR which runs Thameslink... more >
New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

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TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More tha... more >
Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15/06/2018Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

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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 >