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Spring flowering for Young Rail Professionals

With the advent of spring comes the blooming of a new Young Rail Professionals (YRP) calendar of activities. March will see the election of new...

HS2 appoints chair of Design Panel

HS2 has appointed Sadie Morgan, founder of dRMM Architects, as the head of design for the north-south high-speed rail project. Morgan will chair the HS2 Design Panel...

New station for Ilkeston

Work has started on Ilkeston’s brand new railway station. The Derbyshire town once had three stations but the last one closed in 1967. The £9.6...

All About That Base

An intrepid team of Railway Children supporters is preparing to walk across the roof of the world to Everest Base Camp, as we print. The...

Before the gold rush – Train builders chasing UK prospects

Over the next few decades, Britain will need a lot of new trains. Exactly how many and who will build them is up for...

Get Social!

Train operators worked out early on just how useful social media could be as a tool for communicating with passengers. Only recently, I lost my...

Cork line upgrade to cut journey times

During 2015 Iarnród Éireann (IE) plans to invest €10 million on track improvements on the main Dublin to Cork line with most work concentrated on...

ROC and Role

Over the next few years, Network Rail is replacing the traditional signal box with 12 Rail Operating Centres (ROCs) and an advanced traffic management...

Digital countdown

‘We need to grasp the opportunity of digital train control far faster’, says Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail. ‘The digital railway will...

The role of open access

Britain’s rail network is full. Well that’s what we’re often told. The justification for major rail projects, like HS2, is that it will free...

Virgin East Coast – The song remains the same

With its customary razzamatazz, the Virgin/Stagecoach operation took over East Coast on 1 March. An Intercity 225 in full Virgin East Coast livery arrived...

Bigger role for conductors at Northern

Northern Rail has unveiled a spruced-up fleet of Class 319 EMUs for use on the newly electrified railway on the Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Airport...

TfL opens property oyster

This month Transport for London (TfL) plans to start developing its capital-wide property portfolio. TfL owns a plethora of disused Tube stations, adjoining land, depots...

The history of Siberian Railways

The history of Siberian railways, their engineering and operational challenges and future development is to be the subject of a presentation “Siberian Railways – Past,...

Linbrooke’s new National Training Academy

With all of the work going on around Britain’s railways, it’s not surprising that it is exposing some skill shortages. Starved of funding for...

Trauma Support Training – dealing with distress on the railway

The distress and upset which can follow a fatality on the railway can have a profound effect on those who drive the trains and work...

Stay safe on platforms

As if it didn’t already have enough, the railway now has a new acronym - PTI. Any ideas? Here’s a clue - it’s the...

Bombardier announces jobs boost

Bombardier has said it plans to create 150 new skilled jobs during a visit from British Prime Minister David Cameron. In an announcement, the company...