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

Fire danger puts English Electric diesel in limelight

A RARE English Electric diesel loco worked passenger trains on the ‘Mary Valley Rattler’ heritage line in Queensland in September because of extreme weather and fire danger posed by the normal steam workings.  Ex-Queensland Rail loco No. 1632, one of 34 ‘1620 Class’ locos manufactured by the English Electric Company in

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

Rare outing for Middleton’s tiny Hunslet

FORMER brewery 4wD Courage (Hunslet 1786 of 1935) made a rare outing during the Middleton Railway’s Work’s Outing gala on September 14-15. The locomotive was operated on the rarely used Balm Road branch. Here, it leads a demonstration goods train over Moor Road level crossing on the first day

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

Strikes suspended on West Midlands Trains

Updated 18.50 SATURDAY’S strike on West Midlands Trains has been suspended by the RMT, after the union received a new offer. However, West Midlands Trains has warned that it is too late to restore a normal service, and that a limited timetable will still apply this Saturday. The dispute, which was to have

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

End in sight for Sussex signalboxes

NEWHAVEN Harbour signalbox is one of three due to close at the end of November as part of the resignalling of the Lewes to Seaford branch (the others being Newhaven Town and Lewes ‘B’). New signalling has been installed and will be commissioned during a four-day line closure, with trains

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,

‘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

Back to the past at Moseley anniversary event

MOSELEY Railway Trust (MRT) harked back to its roots during its September 21-22 50th anniversary celebration at Apedale Valley Light Railway by operating passenger rides on its ‘Field Railway’.  These basic rides, recalling the spirit of operations half a century ago, were undertaken using skip wagon underframes fitted with back-to-back seats

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

LNER previews new Harrogate Azuma services

A SPECIAL preview Azuma is running from Harrogate to Leeds today, as a curtain-raiser for the launch of Intercity Express services between the North Yorkshire spa town and London. Following the timetable change on 15 December, Harrogate will gain five new London trains each weekday, in addition to the existing daily

Didcot secures visit from Fawley Hill’s No. 31

HUDSWELL, Clarke 0-6-0ST Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons No. 31 made its first preservation-era visit to another heritage railway in late October when it joined ‘Swindonised’ Hudswell, Clarke 0-6-0ST No. 813 at Didcot Railway Centre.  No. 31 can usually be found on the late Sir William McAlpine’s private railway at Fawley Hill (now in

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

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £14!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

Black Friday: Six issues of The Railway Magazine for only £15!

Bag a Black Friday bargain and get six issues of Britain’s best-selling rail title, The Railway Magazine, for only £15! That’s nearly half-price off the cover price! Britain’s best-selling rail title – published continuously since 1897, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike. At The Railway Magazine, we pride ourselves

nVent ERICO Rail 
Heating System

The nVent ERICO Rail Heating System is the smart solution that is up to 30% more energy efficient than constant wattage heating elements. Environmental sustainability is a core strategic value across many industries, especially in rail. Networks throughout the world have set forth ambitious climate protection goals that call for the

Alstom Wins Marseille Metro Contract

The existing MPM 76 rolling stock on the Marseille metro entered service in the 1970s and 1980s. New Metro Trains for Marseille Each new rubber-tyre metro train will consist of four cars and be 65m in length. Passengers will be able to move from car to car. Based on a calculation of

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

Stadler Sells First FLIRT to Azerbaijan

Stadler has signed its first contract for the supply of ten FLIRT multiple units to Azerbaijan Railways (ADY). The contract value is approximately 115 million euros and breaks down as follows: four trains will be diesel trains for interregional services, three will be electric interregional trains, and a final three will

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

Special Foam Helps Save Lives

Here the lightweight and closed cell special foam can save lives. In addition, the material helps to keep flames within a single fire compartment by hindering the transfer of flames and high temperatures to other compartments. Housings and enclosures for components requiring special protection can also be produced with the

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,

Barry Kennedy Joins Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail are very pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Kennedy as Deputy Managing Director UK Rail. Barry has significant experience at Director level with Tier 1 providers in the rail market including shaping and working on Collaborative Alliancing. Barry’s experience together with their existing team will support them to

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

Re-wheeling planned for The Unknown Warrior

THE LMS-Patriot Project hopes to have new-build ‘Patriot’ No. 5551 The Unknown Warrior back on all of its wheels again before too long following the return of its centre pair of coupled wheels to Swanwick Junction.  The wheelset has had new crank pins fitted at Multi-Tech, near Wakefield, after a problem

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

Stadler Board Nominates Doris Leuthard

Stadler’s board of directors has nominated two-time Swiss President Doris Leuthard, recommending her appointment to the board from 30 April 2020. This would make her the second woman on the board, which currently has eight members. Former Federal Councillor, Doris Leuthard © Stadler At Stadler’s 29th general assembly, and its first as a publicly

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

SWR strikes set to go ahead after latest talks fail

TWO days of negotiations at the arbitration service ACAS have failed to avert multiple RMT strikes on South Western Railway in December. The walkouts, in the continuing dispute over on-train staffing and the role of guards, are set to begin on 2 December and continue without a break until 11 December

21 November: news in brief

Mayor says HS2 needs a new name and new look WEST Midlands Mayor Andy Street says HS2 should be rebranded, and provide a direct rail connection between Birmingham and Paris. In an article in The Times, the Mayor said ‘when intercity fast trains shift to HS2, we can open up Birmingham

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

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