Track and signalling

The price of copper

01.03.07: The high price of copper is believed to be behind an epidemic of cable thefts which are causing havoc in some parts of the country and costing rail companies millions of pounds. And although copper prices are currently 40% below last year&r...

Bringing a digital dimension to rail security

01.01.07: The need for robust transportation security measures across rail networks has never been greater following the Madrid and London bombings. Those responsible for ensuring the smooth running of this critical infrastructure have to contend wit...

Byker viaduct enhancements

01.01.07: Byker viaduct was constructed in 1979 and consists of a conventional two track system directly fastened to a concrete support (PACT). The existing track system was installed during construction of the viaduct and comprised BS 113A flat bottom ra...

EMC in railways – safety and the legal requirements

01.01.07: Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) between electrical and electronic systems is an essential requirement for the reliable and safe operation of equipment. It is all too apparent that traction power equipment may interfere with signalling system...

Fluke Thermal Imagers help keep the trains on time

01.01.07: So many overheating connections and fuses may currently go undetected that they could lead to very expensive train stoppages. It is therefore hardly surprising that the arrival of fully radiometric thermal imaging cameras offering easily identif...

Hitachi passenger information systems

01.01.07: The Hitachi passenger information system is easy for station staff to operate, allowing the output of a wide range of information to indicator boards as required. When timetables are altered, normally the details are entered via the operati...

Laser profile sensors guarantee the safety and stability of railway tracks

01.01.07: Guaranteeing the safety and stability of railway track when transporting passengers or goods is critical these days. The increased loading of the rail network and the higher speeds of modern trains lead to higher stressing of the rails. The trac...

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...


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...

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Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

23/05/2019Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

Scrapping HS2 would be a “disaster” and would undermine Britain’s “national prosperity for decades to come,” more t... more >
Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

23/05/2019Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

Network Rail has announced five new regional managing directors as part of its “evolution” towards a more passenger-focused approach.... more >
£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

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Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Peri... 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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Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

23/05/2019Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

The Midlands 30-year plan will deliver many economic benefits and will need a wide and diverse supply chain to deliver some of the key projects. We caught up with long running sponsors of TransCityRail, Bridgeway Consulting Limited, specialists in Site & Ground investigations, Geomatics and Infrastructure, to discuss why networking events ... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

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Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >