Class 66s cleared to Oban

CLASS 66 locos have been cleared to work to Oban after a two-year project involving Network Rail and GB Railfreight.  Use of loco-hauled trains was restricted to lighter Class 37s locos prior to completion of the work, because of restricted axle loading.  Upgrading the line for the Class 66

A Cumbrian Coast ‘Jubilee’

STANIER ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 No. 45690 Leander winds its way southbound along the Lakeland coast at St Bees with the return leg of the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Cumbrian Coast Express on September 28. The BR black-liveried ‘Jub’ had left Carlisle at 13.32 and stuck to within four minutes of the timetable through Workington

New trains for West Coast will be built by Hitachi

HITACHI is to build 23 new trains for the West Coast Partnership, with the aim of having them in service by 2022. The fleet will consist of 10 seven-car electric units and 13 five-car bi-mode units, and will be based on Hitachi’s existing Intercity Express models. The electric trains will operate between

December issue on sale!

Britain’s best-selling rail title The Railway Magazine is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features an insightful look into the final whistle for Virgin Trains! Plus, see Royal Scot return to Skegness! Also in

Western Champion re-engined but woes continue after festival

MAIN-LINE certificated Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion is seen at Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Kidderminster, ex-works, on September 15.  Owner Diesel Traction Group has installed an overhauled MD655 engine in the B end, which was started successfully, and the loco participated in the SVR’s October 3-6 diesel festival.  However,

COP25: Rail “the only realistic and immediate solution to reduce the CO2 footprint”

Overall, the event participants were in agreement that there was a need for industrial processes to play a part in sustainable development. This development should satisfy fundamental needs and raise quality of life by rationally managing natural resources, and promoting their conservation, recovery, improvement and appropriate use. Talgo says its trains

West Highland Line closed for track and bridge work

OCTOBER 5-13 saw the West Highland Line closed for essential repairs to track and structures between Crianlarich and Fort William.  During the week-long line closure, engineers worked around-the-clock to refurbish and repaint bridges near Spean Bridge and Corrour, and renew drainage systems between Tyndrum Upper and Bridge of Orchy. 

Plan to relieve Edinburgh western approaches: Transport Scotland revives project for Almond Chord

SCOTTISH Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has approved a £15million preliminary project to prepare for the construction of a new chord to the Dalmeny to Winchburgh Junction line, west of Edinburgh. The scheme will enable Transport Scotland and Network Rail to develop three options for the Edinburgh Waverley Western Approaches (EWWA) project,

Consultation on Bakerloo extension project

TRANSPORT for London has launched a 10-week consultation into the latest plans to extend the Bakerloo Line into south-east London. Views are being sought on proposals for the tunnel routes, tunnelling worksites, and also whether to extend the line beyond Lewisham or not.  The proposed extension would run from

‘Forgotten Engines’ at Vale of Rheidol

THE Vale of Rheidol Railway (VoR) has tended not to hold major gala events, its last being a steam festival in September 2015, centred on two locos that had not steamed for many years.But when they happen, they are special!  With all three of its classic 2-6-2Ts now in main line

Downpatrick diesel gala marks 30 years of the ITG

STEAM gave way to internal combustion power at the Downpatrick & County Down Railway (DCDR) on October 12 as the Irish Traction Group (ITG) celebrated three decades of diesel locomotive preservation. Visitors travelled from both sides of the border, and from across the Irish Sea, to join in the celebrations, which

Middleton Hunslet appearance makes Ribble gala a success

A SHORT-notice agreement to bring the Middleton Railway’s roving Hunslet Brookes No. 1 (2387/1941) to the Ribble Steam Railway (RSR) for its Autumn Steam Gala helped ensure a good turnout for the end-of-season event.  The former Brookes Chemicals Ltd 14in-cylindered 0-6-0ST had recently come to the end of a period of hire

RIA at AusRAIL PLUS 2019: The UK and Australasian Rail Industries

By Neil Walker, Exports Director, Railway Industry Association: Neil Walker The UK and Australian rail industries have often worked together in partnership. In March 2019, the UK’s Railway Industry Association (RIA) and the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) announced a new partnership at a reception hosted by the British Consul-General in Australia,

Transport for NSW: The Transport Digital Accelerator

In the past when Transport for NSW procured products and services, there was a tendency to publish Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Quotes (RFQ) with a specific list of requirements. This restricted the ability for industry to come up with innovative solutions. For this reason, we now use the

McKinsey: Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative

McKinsey discusses its 2019 report. In September 2019 McKinsey published a report entitled Australia’s Infrastructure Innovation Imperative. It describes Australia as “among the most advanced economies globally in effective collaboration between the public and private sectors to deliver transport, energy and social infrastructure. It has also become a leader in private

Alstom to Supply 31 Regional Trains to Lombardy Region

Coradia Stream Train Design The cars are designed for both short and medium-length journeys. For example, there are plenty of seats for passengers on regional and inter-regional journeys. Then there are single seats and vestibules, which are ideal for shorter journeys, such as suburban trips. The seats will all come with

Nomad Digital Launch Private Trackside Radio Technology

Nomad Digital is delighted to launch its new Trackside Radio Networks solutions, available now for mainland rail and metro. Nomad has developed unique Trackside communications technology, that will provide passengers with a seamless, high-speed WiFi connection throughout their journey. In today’s rail environment providing good quality, consistent passenger WiFi is increasingly

Zonegreen Celebrates Second Australian Install

The reputation of rail safety specialist, Zonegreen, is on the up down under, after its technology was chosen to protect workers at a second high-tech train maintenance facility. Australia’s Downer Group specified the Sheffield-based firm’s safety system for a new build depot in Melbourne, being constructed as part of the State

Industry Insider Week 48 · 11 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence | Infrastructure METRONET in Perth, Australia, has commenced the early works for the Joondalup Railway Line extension, which will connect the city to the northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The total length of the extension will be 14.5km. The main construction works will begin in

South Western Railway 27-day strike begins

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Commuters are being warned to expect delays as workers on South Western Railway begin a 27-day strike. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 27 days between today and New Year’s Day, threatening travel chaos for commuters and Christmas shoppers. Passengers have been

Construction on Rail Baltica Begins in Estonia

“During the last couple of years, the Rail Baltica project in Estonia has progressed in good speed. The detailed technical design of the route is under way, the architectural competition of Ülemiste Joint Terminal has been successfully completed and negotiations with the winners are ongoing, and the technical designing of

Steam locomotives on the East Lancashire Railway

Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 No. 46441 spent several years operating on the ELR following its appearance at the August 1993 Steam Railway Festival. Photo: Mike Taylor The East Lancashire Railway has become well known for its wide variety of steam locomotives that have operated along the line and while it would

The official last day of steam

Sunday, August 4, 1968 – the day named by British Rail for the end of ‘normal’ steam – saw just two engines with a full head of steam at Rose Grove.  Immaculately turned-out No. 48773 was all set for the Blackburn-Hellifield- Carnforth leg of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s

Désirée Baer to Take Over as CEO of SBB Cargo

Starting in March 2020 Désirée Baer will take over as CEO of SBB Cargo AG, replacing Nicolas Perrin. Prior to starting in her new role she will go through a one-month transitional programme. Désirée Baer, who graduated from the University of St Gallen, has been the CEO of Securitrans Public Transport

SWR and RMT dispute talks move into second day

TALKS at ACAS between the RMT and South Western Railway broke up yesterday without agreement, but are continuing for a second day. Neither side has yet made a formal statement, but SWR is continuing to prepare for almost a month of walkouts starting on 2 December. The RMT is in dispute

The Infrastructure Progress Report · Melbourne

Project status: Construction began in 2018. Now, tunnel boring machines Joan and Meg have started operations on the North Melbourne to Kensington section after they were assembled at the new North Melbourne Station site in mid-2019. TBM Joan, which broke ground shortly before TBM Meg, has travelled more than 250 metres

Roving Repton on autumn gala circuit

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s (NYMR) Southern ‘Schools’ 4-4-0 No. 926 Repton took part in no fewer than three autumn steam galas during September and October, visiting the North West and the East Midlands in the process. Visiting Southern 4-4-0s Nos. 30120 and 926 Repton race past the curve for the Mountsorrel

The Infrastructure Progress Report · Sydney

Estimates suggest that 28,000 people will use the light rail line every day by 2026 with 130,000 people living within walking distance of a stop. Stage 1 will feature 16 accessible stops with services running 7 days a week at a headway of 7.5 minutes during peak times. Transdev will operate

New hope in South Western Railway dispute

ALMOST a month of RMT strikes on South Western Railway could yet be averted, after new talks were agreed,last night. Both sides are meeting at the conciliation service ACAS today, in an eleventh-hour bid to hammer out an agreement about on-train staffing and the future role of guards. At the moment, SWR

DAMM Australia and Zetron Partner to Integrate Mission Critical Communication Systems

For more information, visit the Zetron (#73) and DAMM Australia (#71) booths at Comms Connect 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 27th and 28th. About Zetron, Inc. Zetron has been designing and manufacturing integrated mission critical communications systems since 1980. Its offerings include NG9-1-1 call taking, CAD, mapping,

ELeather Opens First APAC Showroom in Beijing

We’re proud to announce that November saw the opening of our first ever showroom in Asia Pacific region. Located in China’s bustling capital city, Beijing, the showroom displays product innovation and brings ELeather closer to the growing Asian sustainable and innovative materials market. As conversations surround the rise of Asia and its immense

Joondalup Extension Works to Yanchep Commence

Perth: METRONET has begun the early works for the extension of the Joondalup Railway Line to northern suburbs, terminating in Yanchep. The Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, the Attorney General and Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, and the Western Australia Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, came to turn the first

The Ones That Got Away – Preorder now!

Railway heritage enthusiasts are well served by the legendary locos that have survived into preservation – but not every engine was so fortunate. Some of Britain’s finest locomotives were unceremoniously scrapped long before anyone thought to preserve them. The Ones That Got Away tells their story. Despite the millions of pounds and

Bombardier: “Rail Will Play an Important Role in Solving Australia’s Mobility Needs”

RN: “What will you be focusing on at AusRAIL?” Wendy McMillan, President, Southeast Asia and Australia Region: “We are proud to present Bombardier’s latest innovations for sustainable mobility at the AusRail Rail Conference and Exhibition 2019. Wendy McMillan “We will discuss with customers, operators and government officials; our complete value chain of

Industry Insider Week 47 · 7 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Alstom Signs 10-Year ETCS Maintenance Contract with SBB | Rolling Stock Alstom has signed a ten-year maintenance contract for on-board ETCS equipment with Swiss operator SBB. This is Alstom’s second contract with SBB. This current contract, which includes an option to extend by five years, is worth 25 million euros. Read more

TransPennine Express Launches New Nova Fleet

On 22 November the TransPennine Express launched its new Nova fleet at Lime Street Station in Liverpool. The public got to see the new trains in the presence of stakeholders and dignitaries. Individuals involved in the 500m GBP project gave speeches and there was entertainment in the form of a brass

22 November: news in brief

Labour would extend HS2 to Scotland LABOUR has revealed radical plans for the railways in its election manifesto. Franchises could be allowed to expire over time, which would avoid claims for breach of contract from the operators, but at the heart of the plans is a new ‘publicly owned rail company’,

Zonegreen is on the Up Down Under

Depots are inherently dangerous places to work, with hazards including moving trains and high-voltage equipment part and parcel of everyday life. However, advances in technology mean the risks to staff can be almost eradicated by removing the human element in safety procedures. Leading this revolution are the specialist engineers at Sheffield-based

How Has Rail WiFi Technology Developed?

Recent research found that the average commuting time in the UK has risen from 48 minutes to an hour and that one in seven commuters are now spending two or more hours of their day travelling to and from work. As commuting time continues to increase, passengers are likely to become

Morpeth crash: I helped two survivors

THE feature by Fraser Pithie on the Morpeth Curve (RM Sept) was a fascinating read, which allowed me to re-live my involvement in the 1984 crash. We lived at 45 Low Stobhill at the time of the 1984 crash. I loved the fact there were trains at the bottom of my garden,

Early Experiments in Steam

A working replica of Stockton & Darlington Railway Locomotion No. 1, which hauled the world’s first public train on September 27,1825. Andrew Jeffrey. In less than 30 years at the beginning of the 19th century, steam engine technology went from stationary mining machines to powering the world’s first inter-city railway. In the

Virgin Trains signs off in style!

Photo: PA With the end of the Virgin Trains franchise taking place at 01:59am on December 8 after 22 years of running trains between London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh, they’re going out with a bang! To celebrate all that Virgin has achieved since it launched in 1997, the company has

OEBB Tests Cityjet Eco with Positive Results

Austrian Federal Railways (OEBB) and Siemens Mobility have developed an environmentally friendly train that is a hybrid electric-battery multiple unit: the Cityjet eco. The first runs of the Cityjet eco in real passenger operations have brought valuable insights and give a positive prognosis for the future. OEBB Cityjet Eco Testing Between 17

Major changes for Welsh timetables soon

THE pattern of Sunday rail timetables in Wales is set to change radically next month. Transport for Wales said the number of services would increase by almost half, with an extra 186, or 40 per cent, being introduced on 15 December for the winter timetable. Among the many changes, Maesteg will

Mirage Rail Goes Global with Rail Induction Welding System

Rail Welding System © Mirage Mirage is a design and build house with over 10 years’ experience producing bespoke machinery and engineering solutions for the rail, automotive, pharmaceutical and food industries. The company, based in Staffordshire, England, has an experienced design department equipped with solid, surface and 2D modelling software to assist

Preservation focus: Forgetten Gems

Mark Smithers considers several important examples of narrow gauge and industrial steam locomotives which are not currently in the forefront of public attention. One of the more sobering aspects of the current domestic heritage railway scene is the large number of historic steam locomotives that can for one or more reasons

Elastomeric Bearings for Construction, Industry and Track

Constant research and development, over 45 years of experience and certified quality management is the reason for choosing Calenberg Ingenieure for successful projects at home and abroad. The application of Calenberg products in the field of static load bearings is especially effective where rigid building parts are put in contact with

19 November: news in brief

FirstGroup directors branded ‘immature’ as shares fall THERE is new turmoil at rail franchise operator FirstGroup, with a major investor branding its directors ‘immature’. Robert Tchenguiz has allied himself with 10 per cent shareholder Coast Capital to demand that First sells off its US businesses. First has already been challenged by

The Future of Transportation

Safety First Arguably the most eagerly anticipated development in the transportation industry is the self-driving or connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) which, despite perception, is set to increase passenger safety across multiple transportation modalities. Trains could very well be first out of the gate as fully autonomous forms of transportation. And

Industry Insider Week 46 · 14 Must-Read Rail News Stories

Alstom to Supply 19 Coradia Trains to Baden-Württemberg | Rolling Stock DB Regio, Deutsche Bahn’s regional operator, has ordered 19 EMUs from Alstom, type Coradia Continental. The trains will gradually enter service from December 2022 onwards, in a contract worth 120 million euros. Once delivered, the trains will become the property

18 November: news in brief

London fares to stay frozen in 2020 TRANSPORT FOR LONDON fares are to be unchanged in 2020, which will be the last year of a four-year commitment by the Mayor Sadiq Khan to keep fares frozen. The freeze will cover fares for single pay-as you go journeys on the Underground and

16 November: news in brief

Weekend extra Green light for West Coast franchise NEW assurances by FirstGroup and Trenitalia over competition concerns about the West Coast Partnership franchise have been accepted by the Competition and Markets Authority. The partners have undertaken to cap fares and to maintain cheap Advance fares. The new franchise is due to begin

Season of industrial action starts

THE first day of industrial action by the RMT on West Midlands Trains starts on Saturday 16 November, and WMT is warning that service levels will be sharply reduced, with no trains at all on some routes or sections of routes. The walkout marks the start of a season of industrial

Alstom to Supply 19 Coradia Trains to Baden-Württemberg

DB Regio will acquire the new trains on behalf of the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg. Once delivered, the Landesanstalt Schienenfahrzeuge Baden-Württemberg (SFBW) will become the owner. It will lease the vehicles to DB Regio for a period of 13 years – the duration of their transport contract. Coradia Continental for

Deutsche Bahn Opens New Training Centre in Cologne

Vehicle Maintenance When it comes to vehicle maintenance, trainees will be able to work on original equipment that is actually fitted in trains. For example, the new centre has coffee machines from the on-board restaurants, air-conditioning units, different toilet models and the standard train control systems. However, the training centre also

DEMİRYOLU KAZALARINI VE OLAYLARINI ARAŞTIRMA VE İNCELEME YÖNETMELİĞİ Resmi Gazete’de Yayınlandı

Bugün yayınlanan demiryolu kazalarını ve olaylarını araştırma ve inceleme yönetmeliğinin tam metnine sayfamızdan ulaşabilirsiniz. Yönetmeliğe göre tüm Demiryolu Altyapı İşletmecileri(DAİ) ve Demiryolu Tren İşletmecileri(DTİ) yaşadıkları kazalar hakkında hazırlamış oldukları raporları Bakanlığa bağlı Ulaşım Emniyeti İnceleme Merkezi Başkanlığına göndermeleri gerekmektedir. Ulaştırma ve Altyapı Bakanlığından: DEMİRYOLU KAZALARINI VE OLAYLARINI ARAŞTIRMA VE İNCELEME YÖNETMELİĞİ BİRİNCİ BÖLÜM Amaç,

Spain: Recoletos Tunnel Project Completed

In just five months Alstom has completed the signalling upgrade works in the Recoletos Tunnel in Madrid. The project included modernising the signalling and protection systems, and installing new fixed communications systems. While Alstom was delivering its part of the project, it also had to co-ordinate with other contractors on site

Eurostar unveils new ‘plastics-free’ train

EUROSTAR is marking its 25th anniversary by unveiling a plastics-free train, on which single-use plastics have been eliminated. The first Eurostar left London Waterloo on 14 November 1994, and since then Eurostar has gained more routes and a new fleet of rolling stock. The train forming the 10:24 departure from London to

First Test Tram on Manchester’s Trafford Park Line

“Last week we poured the final bit of concrete, all but marking the end of construction, and this week we’ve undertaken the first tram testing. “This is another significant moment on our journey towards completion, as our focus now turns to the safety critical signalling systems and driver training. “We’ve still got

Update on Sale of British Steel

Jingye Group, a leading Chinese steelmaker, is pleased to announce that it has exchanged contracts and reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of British Steel. The Official Receiver and Special Managers from EY, Sam Woodward, Hunter Kelly and Alan Hudson, can confirm that contracts have been entered into with Jingye Steel (UK)

Rail Baltica Tender for Riga International Airport Announced

Construction Phases The construction works will take place in six stages. The first stage will see the construction of the station building, which has three levels. This stage also includes constructing the overpass building structures and access roads with all the associated infrastructure. Next, the contractor will create the building façade with

UWC to Supply 100 Freight Cars to Zimbabwe

“When choosing a supplier of rolling stock, we evaluate partners by various criteria. Firstly, we assess the supplier’s technical capacity and production facilities: from research and design to manufacturing. The supplier’s experience of working in similar export markets also matters. We check the actual design of railcars for compliance with

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