Track and signalling

XiTRACK

01.11.06: XiTRACK is a unique Geo-Composite solution for ballast strengthening using a polymer compound. Importantly, it is a designed solution, matching treatment to individual track performance requirements giving optimum and durable solutions, preventi...

ESG to fit GSM-R to freight locomotives

01.09.06: UK railway consultancy, Engineering Support Group, has won a contract from Siemens Transportation Systems on behalf of Network Rail to fit Global Systems for Mobile communications for Railways (GSM-R) signalling equipment to locomotives. GS...

Serco wins on train monitoring data analysis system contract

01.09.06: Virgin West Coast and ALSTOM have selected Serco to design a Data Analysis System for the Pendolino Trains' On Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR) equipment. The Design and development is being undertaken by Serco Rail Technologies, the divisi...

Cable thefts continue to rise

10.06.06: The number of copper thefts from rail lines has jumped yet again, meaning it has reached “epidemic proportions”, according to some analysts. It is one of British Transport Police’s top priorities, second only to counter-te...

Lombard funds GrantRail’s fleet extension

01.05.06: GrantRail Group Ltd. has extended its fleet of ‘on-track’ plant equipment after securing funding from Lombard and The Royal Bank of Scotland. The new equipment forms part of the company’s expansion plans following the succ...

National Reservations Service wins IT award

01.05.06: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Reservations Service (NRS) was awarded the Information Technology award for 2005 at the HSBC Rail Business Awards. The award honours innovation and personal ingenuity across all sector...

ROBEL completes Deutsche Bahn AG contract

01.05.06: ROBEL Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH has handed over two track vehicles of type 54.22 in the completion of a large order by German rail network, Deutsche Bahn AG delivered between August 2004 and February 2006. The contract was for 26 vehicles of type 54...

Tensar International research findings

Tensar International research findings

01.05.06: Tensar International has announced the findings of a major £265,000 research programme carried out over the past 3 years. The research was funded by a Royal Society Award awarded to a research team headed by Professor Stephen Brown at...

Wifi installation nine months ahead of schedule

01.05.06: East Coast train operator, GNER, has revealed plans to complete the installation of wireless internet on all of its trains nine months ahead of schedule. The decision comes following the success of the trial onboard ten of its rebuilt &lsqu...

Infotec in running for Innovation Award

01.03.06: UK designer and manufacturer of electronic displays for the rail industry, Infotec, is one of the three finalists for a business award designed to reward and encourage innovation. In entering for the Enterprise through Innovation category o...

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

01.01.06: Modern materials now offer a change in the way that detonators can be attached to a rail head. After observing the old practice of re-securing broken lead straps to detonators, the concept of a bespoke plastic clip was born for use in T3 Possess...

New track at New Street station

01.12.05: £9.5 million worth of new track was successfully installed at Birmingham New Street station over the Christmas period. The essential engineering work, carried out by Network Rail, took nine days, with work beginning on Christmas Day t...

Lorne Stewart wins Wales contract

13.09.05: Arriva Trains Wales has awarded Lorne Stewart Plc a substantial contract to provide mechanical and electrical maintenance to 237 railway stations across its network in Wales and the border counties of England. The building engineering servi...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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 >