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SAbRE migrates to the web

01.01.07: Transsol has developed a fault recording and corrective action system called FRACAS. This enables in-service reliability and availability performance of monitored systems and equipment to be accurately and consistently determined as part of a re...

Substantial cost savings in deploying industrial COTS PC based computers

01.01.07: Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) PC based computing continues to deliver unprecedented processing power at ever decreasing price points with outstanding reliability offering the best performance/value balance for increasingly stretched budgets. ...

The future is already here

01.01.07: The need for wireless technology in commuter trains has increased by leaps and bounds. Today people want to communicate everywhere – even in trains. In the last few years, wireless technology has ceased to be just a niche market and h...

The new EMC directive 2004-108-EC

01.01.07: Ken Webb of TÜV Product Service looks at the implications of the new directive for the rail industry The provisions and requirements of the new EMC directive 2004/108/EC apply from 20th July 2007. Although there will be a two year tran...

The new rail CPT truck

01.01.07: The new rail CPT truck, unique to Lankelma, has dramatically improved productivity in rail soil investigation. Soil tests can now be completed in 40 minutes and results are displayed real time, making it the ideal vehicle not only for weekend po...

Railtex 2007

01.12.06: The next issue of Rail Technology Magazine will be the biggest ever and features a completely independent preview of the Railtex 07 exhibition in London together with the usual news and features. A limited amount of advertising space is sti...

A whole new way of planning rail projects

01.11.06: By Richard Ormerod, Construction Industry Manager, Asta Development Rail projects are far better planned using Time-Location diagrams than conventional Project Management software, as companies such as Bechtel, Metronet, Grant Rail and Firs...

ITT FLYGT

01.11.06: Rail Technology reports how ITT Flygt’s ‘new force in dewatering’ 2600 pumps will exceed current market standards in terms of durability. With a new hydraulic design, the recently launched 2600 Series provides longer periods of...

Laser profile sensors - guaranteeing the safety and stability of railway tracks

Laser profile sensors - guaranteeing the safety and stability of railway tracks

01.11.06: A profile of the latest leading-edge, laser-based sensor technology from Micro-Epsilon Guaranteeing the safety and stability of railway track when transporting passengers or goods is critical these days. The increased loading of the rail ne...

Monitoring the future

01.11.06: Andy Curzon, technical services director, Balfour Beatty Rail Technologies, discusses recent advances in track monitoring and station surveillance Two new systems that offer improvements in performance and functionality, with reduced throug...

Pennant flies the manuals and training flag in Japan

01.11.06: Pennant International Group (Pennant) is currently completing a high-profile contract with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) in Japan. Under the terms of the contract, Pennant placed a representative on-site in Japan throughout the initial pr...

Points To Consider During The Cold Snap

01.11.06: With the winter weather fast approaching, the big challenge for rail operators is to keep trains running efficiently, and one of the biggest barriers to this is frozen points. Now Power4, from Fox and Cooper, is providing a successful and c...

The Future of Radio Communications – Today

01.11.06: A single system that provides CCTV from your train to a control centre, real time train status information, communication between control and drivers, a conductor with PDA relaying ticket data back to control servers and broadband internet acces...

The SA 380 Data logger

01.11.06: The first datalogger on the market to be awarded full Network Rail approval to the standard RT/E/S/11304 is offering a range of new possibilities for level crossing, interlocking and bespoke monitoring applications. The SA-380 has been deve...

World's first palm print solution for access control launched at Biometrics 2006

01.11.06: Biometrics 2006 will be the worldwide launchpad of the Rimax Staff On Time Palm Scan, a palm reader which uniquely identifies users by their palm print, rather than the geometry of their hand. Exclusive UK distributor Databac Group will demonstr...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >