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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...

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...

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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 >

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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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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 >