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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...

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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >