Great Western Railway gearing up for biggest timetable change since 1976

GWR will be making its biggest timetable change in December, said to be the most comprehensive since the introduction of HSTs in 1976. More than 75% of the timetable is changed or recast, with faster journeys taking advantage of the superior IET acceleration times, more frequent trains and extra seats. 

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

100 Million KM Milestone for Alstom Avelia AGV Fleet

Since April 2012, when Alstom’s fleet of Avelia AGV very-high-speed-trains started operating in Italy, they have collectively travelled 100 million kilometres. The fleet has 25 trains, meaning that on average, each train has travelled 4 million kilometres. The Avelia AGVs operate for NTV under the Italo brand. NTV is Europe’s first

Hitachi to Build New Intercity Trains for Avanti West Coast

Hitachi Rail will base its design on Japanese bullet-train technology. They will travel at 125mph (200km/h) and will be quieter than the diesel-only trains they are replacing. Passengers will enjoy the more reliable wifi as well as the wireless at-seat charging facility. There will also be plug sockets and USB

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

Unipart Rail Sponsors Rolling Stock Maintenance Europe 2019

Unipart Rail and Instrumentel are sponsoring the Rolling Stock Maintenance Europe 2019 which is taking place on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th December at the ILEC Conference Centre, London. Now in its 8th year, this event is the premier global event for Heads of Rolling Stock and Maintenance Engineers, providing an

All New Metro Trains for Bangkok Skytrain Now in Service

Siemens Mobility and Turkish consortium partner Bozankaya won a contract to deliver 22 metro trains for the Green Line of Bangkok’s Skytrain system. Siemens Mobility now says all 22 metro trains are with the operator and have started carrying passengers on the Green Line between Kheha Station and Kasetsart University

Leaked draft confirms Oakervee support for full HS2 route

An early draft of the Oakervee Report – leaked to national media in November – confirms the expert panel will recommend High Speed 2 (HS2) should proceed, despite worries the revised £88billion budget could be exceeded.  Supporters had been concerned that parts of the ‘Y’-shaped route could be scrapped to

December debut for Hull Trains ‘Paragon’ fleet

By Ben Jones NOVEMBER 25 saw the first of five Hull Trains’ (HT) Class 802/3s make its debut in the company’s home city. The First Group-owned open access operator confirmed that the bi-mode trains will be phased into passenger service over the next two months, releasing its ailing Class

The Railway Magazine Archive: 120 years of rail history…

The Railway Magazine has always offered its readers plenty of informative content, with the very latest rail news and insightful features, images and interviews.  Every new issue of The Railway Magazine is one in a long line of predecessors; which subscribers can now access with The Railway Magazine Digital Archive. The

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

LNER to say goodbye to Inter-City 125 High Speed Train

LNER will celebrate more than four decades of service from the iconic Inter-City 125 trains on the East Coast route with a special farewell tour this month. LNER will mark the retirement of the HSTs by operating a four-day special service taking in the majority of destinations along the LNER route.

Former Bodmin DMU enters service on Weardale Railway

CLASS 108 DMU Nos. M52054 and M50980 ran its first revenue-earning service on the Weardale Railway during the October 4-6 railcar weekend.  The vehicles have received much attention since arrival from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in March 2018. The railway hosted the Railcar Association’s 24th annual convention at Stanhope station during the

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

Railway stations launch initiative to help passengers with hidden disabilities

Four of the country’s biggest railway stations will now offer passengers with hidden disabilities a discreet way to ask for extra help while making their journeys. To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, sunflower branded lanyards and ticket holders are now available at Manchester Piccadilly, London

First Alstom Citadis Tram for Île-de-France T9 Line Inaugurated

Île-de-France selected Alstom to supply 22 Citadis X05 trams in November 2016. Alstom has designed and manufactured the trams, which will enter service in December 2020, at its La Rochelle site. Delivery of the Citadis trams started in November 2019 and will continue until October 2020, in time for the

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,

Construction traffic boom keeps UK railfreight stable

A FIVE per cent increase in construction traffic took the sector to its highest quarterly volume in the first three months of 2019/20, according to new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).  The movement of construction materials, fuelled by high levels of property development in London and the

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

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

Katie says hello to Katie!

RAVENGLASS & Eskdale Railway’s resurrected 1896-built Heywood 0-4-0T Katie (right) stands alongside Eaton Hall Railway’s 1996-built replica 0-4-0T Katie (centre) at Clayton West Shed on September 14, revealing several interesting differences between the two locos. Rhyl Miniature Railway’s Cagney 4-4-0 No. 44 (left) gives a fascinating contrast in size between miniature and minimum-gauge locos sharing a

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

RMT sets out proposals for new SWR peace talks

Updated 11.05 THE RMT has taken an unusual step in the South Western Railway dispute, by setting out a ‘framework’ for talks to restart. The RMT has also asked for the help of ACAS once again. The strike of RMT members on SWR has entered its third day, and unless a solution

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

Former Wadebridge pannier welcomed back by South Devon team

FORMER Wadebridge ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT No. 1369 ran its long-awaited first revenue-earning train in slightly more than two years on October 5 at the South Devon Railway.  The diminutive pannier had its first light engine test run on October 3, then double-headed with the 14.35 from Buckfastleigh to Totnes the following day

Phase 1 of Churnet Valley’s Leek extension opens for passengers

THE initial 659ft of the Churnet Valley Railway’s (CVR) £1million extension to Leek carried its first passengers on October 11, just 48 hours after the first track panels went down. Greg Wilson’s USATC ‘S160’ 2-8-0 No. 5197 had the honour of hauling the first train full of invited guests over the

‘King’, ‘A4’ and debutant ‘9F’ steal show at Moors line gala spectacular

THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) pulled off what might be regarded as one of the biggest steam galas of the 2000s on September 27-29, which not only featured a hugely impressive locomotive line-up, but also illustrated how far the line’s motive power department has come in a relatively short

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

9466 ready for Gloucs-Warks service

JONATHAN Jones-Pratt’s ‘94XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 9466 has entered service at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway at the start of an extended hire to the Cotswold line.  The Hawksworth pannier was trialled on a round trip on October 19, double-heading with another Hawksworth type – ‘Modified Hall’ No.  7903 Foremarke Hall – during the

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

‘P2’ fundraising receives two-thirds of £5m target

THE A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) has announced it has received pledges for more than two-thirds of the £5million required to complete its new-build Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.  Since its launch in late-September 2013 around 930 supporters have signed up to the ‘P2 for the price of a

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

Alstom-Bombardier Consortium Wins Paris Metro Contract

The Alstom-Bombardier consortium has won the contract to design and manufacture the next generation of metro trains for Île-de-France Mobilités and RATP. The contract is for 44 trains, for a value of 530 million euros. The contract also includes options for up to 410 metro trains. Both companies have a

RMT claims ‘political motivation’ behind failure to agree SWR deal

A LONG series of strikes has begun on South Western Railway today, after talks between the company and the RMT broke up without agreement before the weekend. The union has alleged that the failure to come to terms over the future pattern of on-train staffing and the role of guards was

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

Labour promises to cut regulated rail fares by a third

THE Labour Party says it would cut regulated rail fares by 33 per cent if it gains power after the general election, and claims that the ‘average’ commuter would save £1,097 a year. Season tickets would also be updated to allow part-time travel, and the basis for rail tariffs nationally would

January fare rises will be ‘held below inflation’

RAIL fares will rise by an average of 2.7 per cent in January, and train operators pointed out that this increase would be below last July’s RPI figure of 2.8 per cent. The Rail Delivery Group also pledged that its member operators ‘want to work with any future government to make

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

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

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

Five things you may not have known about British Rail freight

A big player for the UK economy According to the Rail Freight Group, rail freight contributes £870m to the economy and plays a big part in reducing congestion and carbon emissions. The overall freight tonnage carried by rail has declined gradually, from 175 million in 1973/74 to 138 million in 1986/87,

Australian and Queensland Governments Sign Inland Rail Agreement

“The delivery of Inland Rail in Queensland is a huge win for the state, providing jobs and opportunities to communities. “This deal will see us work with the Federal Government on business cases for passenger rail services from Salisbury to Beaudesert, Brisbane to Toowoomba and a dedicated rail freight line to

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

Xtra Power for PoE Switches and Injectors

For the power supply of Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches and injectors, intreXis offers specialised DC-DC converters for different rail applications. The two power classes which are 150 or 500 watts are available with 48 VDC or 52 VDC output voltage. The Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) is efficiently supplied within the

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

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

SWR peace talks break down, so strikes will go ahead

THE series of strikes called for almost every day throughout December on South Western Railway is on, after two days of last-ditch talks at ACAS broke down on Thursday afternoon. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘RMT is angry and frustrated that a set of proposals that would have guaranteed

BREAKING: New SWR peace talks break down, so strikes will go ahead

THE series of strikes called for almost every day throughout December on South Western Railway is on, after two days of last-ditch talks at ACAS broke down on Thursday afternoon. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘RMT is angry and frustrated that a set of proposals that would have guaranteed

Protesters lose legal challenge against HS2 rail line running through woodland

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire Environmental campaigners opposed to the HS2 rail line running through a woodland area in west London have lost their latest court fight. HS2 bosses complained that protesters were unlawfully occupying a path at a construction site in Hillingdon and asked Judge David Holland to grant them “possession”. Protesters

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

Class 66 locomotive carrying The Railway Magazine name given makeover

Photo: Jack Boskett The Class 66 locomotive which carries the name of The Railway Magazine has been given a brand new look. No. 66503 in Freightliner’s fleet, the 20-year old loco, which works intermodal trains from ports to inland terminals, was give a sparkling coat of Freightliner’s new orange and black

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

Pitchford Hall creates Collett preservation ‘first’ after overhaul brings new livery

EPPING Ongar Railway-based GWR ‘Hall’ No. 4953 Pitchford Hall is back in steam after overhaul, and carrying a livery never before seen on one of the Collett 4-6-0s in the preservation era. Roger Wright’s ‘Hall’ caught many by surprise when it arrived at the Great Central Railway (GCR) for testing on

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

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

Preorder Your Copy of The Changing Face of Railfreight

Freight services on British railway lines have changed dramatically over the last 40 to 50 years. The Changing Face of Railfreight looks back over this period to chart both the physical changes to the network and the organisational changes which have had such an impact on this vital aspect of Britain’s

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

Hull Trains Receives First Hitachi Class 802 ‘Paragon’

“We have made a significant investment in these hi-tech trains which will completely overhaul the current service as our customers know it. “Not only will these trains give a smoother ride, they will be a lot more reliable than our existing trains, they will include complimentary Wi-Fi, plug and USB sockets

New fleet for Hull Trains marks a ‘new era’

THE first of five Hitachi-built Intercity Expresses which have been bought for open-access operator Hull Trains arrived at Hull station yesterday. A total of £60 million has been invested by Angel Trains and the fleet will now be introduced over the coming weeks, with the aim of having all five in

The Key Successes and Challenges for Rail in Australia

“For the first time, a national approach has been agreed to position Australia’s multimodal freight supply chains to face the growing freight challenges of the next 20 years and beyond. For passenger rail, the Government has committed to faster rail, providing for people to be able to commute from regional

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

New trains are ‘early Christmas present’

THE new fleet of bi-mode ‘Nova 1’ Class 802 units for TransPennine Express has been unveiled in a ceremony at Liverpool Lime Street. A trial run had already been carried out on 28 September, when one of the Hitachi-built sets worked a return journey with passengers on board between Newcastle 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

Rail workers to stage second Saturday strike in row over staffing

Photo: Aaron Chown/PA Wire Rail workers will stage the second in a series of strikes on Saturday in a dispute over staffing on trains. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on West Midlands Trains will walk out for 24 hours, disrupting services for passengers including workers, shoppers and sports fans. The

Sydney to Get 23 Additional Alstom Metropolis Trains

As part of efforts to expand the Sydney Metro network beyond the Northwest line that opened in May 2019, the NSW Government will order 23 new metro trains as part of the City & Southwest phase. This second stage of the Sydney metro will connect the existing eastern terminal of

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

Engineered Leather – The Latest Chapter in Material Evolution

The material industry has always been eager to transform the way it thinks and works. Changes in consumer attitudes have huge influence on this, and all of the material industry is currently trying to keep up with two consumer demands simultaneously: increased consumption and improved sustainability. As the world’s population continues

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


Unions have welcomed a pledge by Labour to end the “discriminatory practice” of driver-only trains on the railways, guaranteeing there will be a second member of fully trained staff. Labour said the second member of staff will help with boarding and other duties during the journey so that older and disabled rail passengers