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Release of Engineering Base version 3

01.10.07: Aucotec Ltd. are pleased to announce the release of version 3 of their Engineering Base electrical engineering design software based on Microsoft Visio and SQL data server. It is an easy to use, but powerful solution to electrical engi...

Through the looking glass

01.10.07: Thales selects optical fibre for Tube Lines JNUP signalling upgrade For more than 20 years, optical fibre has been the preferred cable type in telecom and data networks worldwide. More recently, use of this medium in the more hazardous envi...

Arcom encompasses Eurotech’s vision

27.09.07: After 18 months as part of the Eurotech Group, Arcom is renaming to Eurotech Limited. This reflects the integration of Arcom’s products into the Group’s global array of research driven, advanced technologies. The Eurotech Group...

National Rail Enquiries to launch live departure board for Windows Vista users

27.09.07: National Rail Enquiries in partnership with Conchango have created a live departure board gadget that is designed for the Windows Vista Sidebar. It allows users who download it to their desktop to view the status of a train. The tool uses N...

Weidmüller’s ‘RockStar®’ is a hit with Deutsche Bahn

Weidmüller’s ‘RockStar®’ is a hit with Deutsche Bahn

27.09.07: Weidmüller RockStar®’ is a new generation of heavy duty connectors supporting the trend towards modular concepts in signal and track technology. Featuring innovative details, the new generation comprises 11 established sizes. This...

Manchester man jailed after theft from railway in Cumbria

20.09.07: A 40 year old man from Greater Manchester has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for stealing approximately £12,000 worth of cable from railway sidings in Tebay, Cumbria. Graham John Ward from Owlwood Drive, Little Hulton, was s...

Network Rail announces track renewal changes

20.09.07: Network Rail has announced the result of a six month assessment of its track renewals aimed at reducing the number of contractors delivering work from six to four. The proposal to rationalise arrangements, originally announced in December 2...

Major works planned for Airdrie-Bathgate rail link

13.09.07: The GBP300 million project to create a new rail link between Airdrie and Bathgate enters its next phase this autumn and winter, with a series of line closures planned to help deliver the new service. The project, financed by Transport Scotl...

Airdrie-Bathgate survey work on track

30.08.07: Detailed surveys to map out the precise route of the new Airdrie-Bathgate Rail link have begun. Over the next nine months, Network Rail will be completing the detailed design of the new 15 mile railway, which will involve extensive ground i...

Key IT contracts awarded

30.08.07: As part of an overall review into Network Rail's IT services, two areas of the business have been outsourced to IT specialist organisations. The review aimed to improve service delivery across the company and to Network Rail's customers, moving...

Smart posters show passengers the way

23.08.07: An innovative pilot scheme that will see maps, directions and real time travel advice transmitted to mobile phones begins this week. The three-month trial, centered around Blackfriars London Underground (LU) station, will see Near Field Com...

Corus Cogifer’s nice turnout

Corus Cogifer’s nice turnout

24.07.07: As part of their long term supply of switches and crossings to the West Coast Route Modernisation (WCRM) scheme, Corus Cogifer Switches and Crossings have manufactured the first CEN60 high-speed H31.25 turnout to be installed on Network Rail&rsq...

ENSCO wins $67m contract with the Federal Railroad Administration

ENSCO wins $67m contract with the Federal Railroad Administration

24.07.07: ENSCO Inc., a diversified research, development and information technology company, has been awarded a contract to support the Automated Track Inspection Program (ATIP) for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The five year contract is val...

Life costs for level crossings

24.07.07: Having stemmed a number of high costs, Network Rail’s focus is now turning toward, amongst other things, the long term cost benefits of level crossings. Having put vital safety foundations in place, Britain’s rail owner understandabl...

Mechanical strain gauge from Vortok International

24.07.07: Vortok is introducing a very simple and yet effective device for measuring the change in strain during tensioning or cutting of rail. The device works by being clamped to a rail at two points, a set distance apart. The instrument contains a micr...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... more >

editor's comment

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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >