Author Archive for: Chris Parker

High Speed One renewals programme

What actions are needed when a high-speed railway starts to wear out?
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Track to the future

In the days of British Rail, research into railway matters was all tied up. There was British Rail Research and that was it! Actually the organisation didn’t do a bad job, and many engineers around the network had great respect for their colleagues in Derby. As privatisation approached, this all...
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Track to the future

In the days of British Rail, research into railway matters was all tied up. There was British Rail Research and that was it! Actually the organisation didn’t do a bad job, and many engineers around the network had great respect for their colleagues in Derby. As privatisation approached, this all...
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End of the line for Elizabeth!

Rail Engineer has visited the new Crossrail Farringdon station site before (issue 118, August 2014) and has looked at the working of the tunnel boring machines (TBMs). However, the latest visit to Farringdon was a bit different to either previous experience. This time the TBM was not in a cutting...
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Developments in Auckland

The city of Auckland, home to the world’s largest Polynesian population and known to the Maori as Tamaki Makaurau, is the biggest in New Zealand. Currently about the same size as Birmingham in the UK, it has a population of about 1.4 million occupying an urban area of almost 426...
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Crossrail Thames Tunnels

When Paul Baker of Hochtief Murphy Joint Venture (HMJV) was kind enough to invite me to visit the Plumstead portal of the Crossrail Thames Tunnels I was delighted. I spent most of my career maintaining Victorian rail tunnels, and have visited the interior of some more modern tunnels such as the Channel Tunnel, but I...
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The name’s Bond… Street

The £14.8 billion Crossrail project involves a phenomenal amount of tunnelling work, as might be expected of a new rail link crossing a major metropolis like London. The statistics are worth revisiting. The project includes 21 km of twin 6.2 metre internal diameter tunnels and 37 stations, of which eight will be below ground. In...
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The Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge

The construction of Phase Two of Nottingham’s tram network has been going on for a while, but much of it has been hidden from view. Now, though, there are some exciting developments that, for the first time, show clearly that the project is well on the way. The most visible of these is an iconic...
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Sorting out Shugborough

An unexpected inclusion in Network Rail’s work programme for Christmas 2012 was the relaying of both lines through Shugborough Tunnel. The tunnel, 777 yards long and dating back to 1846, lies on the West Coast Main Line just north of Colwich Junction, south of Stafford. It is on the Shugborough estate of the Earls of...
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Sorting out Shugborough

An unexpected inclusion in Network Rail’s work programme for Christmas 2012 was the relaying of both lines through Shugborough Tunnel. The tunnel, 777 yards long and dating back to 1846, lies on the West Coast Main Line just north of Colwich Junc...
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Tottenham Court Road Station upgrade project

Anyone who has visited Tottenham Court Road in the vicinity of Centre Point recently couldn’t fail to have noticed the huge construction site adjacent to the tower block. It is all related to a comprehensive upgrade of Tottenham Court Road underg...
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