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ERTMS Level 3 – A possible way forward

The global debate on the merits and problems associated with ERTMS continues unabated. Good progress has been made in recent times with the signing in Autumn 2016 of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the co-operation for the deployment of the European Rail Traffic Management System. This will ensure the regulatory and design authorities work together […]
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Virgin and Stagecoach partner with SNCF for West Coast franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach, the current operators of the West Coast rail franchise, have established a new joint venture with SNCF to bid for the future West Coast Partnership operating contract. Virgin and Stagecoach said they’d brought France’s national rail operator onboard to meet a requirement in the future franchise agreement for experience in high-speed rail […]
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Stadler to build narrow-gauge EMUs for Stockholm’s Roslagsbanan

Stadler has won a contract worth around CHF 232 million (€215 million) from Stockholm’s public transport body, SL, to supply 22 custom-built EMUs for the city’s narrow-gauge Roslagsbanan network. The new three-car EMUs will be designed specifically for the 891 mm track gauge and 1500 V DC overhead electrification system found on the Roslagsbanan – a […]
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Thameslink signalling update

The complex Thameslink capacity upgrade programme includes the very visible civil engineering works in the London Bridge area and the introduction of Class 700 trains through the central London ‘core’ using European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2. In-cab signalling is required to allow trains to be driven automatically between Kentish Town, Blackfriars, and London […]
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Caltrans Charger locomotives to enter service on Capitol Corridor

Siemens is to begin revenue testing of its new Charger series locomotive on California’s Capitol Corridor later this month. The new generation of Tier 4 diesel-electric locomotives was launched on April 18 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, just a few miles away from where the locomotives were designed and built. A 30-day […]
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Caltrans Charger locomotives to enter service on Capitol Corridor

Siemens is to begin revenue testing of its new Charger series locomotive on California’s Capitol Corridor later this month. The new generation of Tier 4 diesel-electric locomotives was launched on April 18 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, just a few miles away from where the locomotives were designed and built. A 30-day […]
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Faster trains and reduced journey times for MTR Express

MTR Express is to shorten journey times on some of its routes after receiving approval to increase the speed of its intercity trains. The Swedish Transport Agency, Sweden’s rail regulator, has given the open access operator permission to raise the maximum speed of its FLIRT trainsets to 200 km/h, reducing journey times by up to […]
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Main Line ATO evaluated

Automatic Train Operation has been a practical system for Metros for many years. Beginning with the Victoria line in London in 1969, ATO has become a normal means of operation for mass transit networks in most major cities. The technology has advanced down the years and more modern systems tend now to go under the […]
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Tunnel vision goes national

London’s Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is to expand and fulfil a national role at the cutting edge of Britain’s burgeoning rail engineering industry. Set up in 2011 to support the urgent training needs of the Crossrail project, TUCA has been transferred over to TfL which has signed a contract with Prospects College of […]

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Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime on the railway has demonstrated the same ability to draw the public’s interest. The very […]

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Gender, skills and shortages – How much progress is being made?

For a day in March, International Women’s Day and National Apprenticeship week coincided, giving much-needed prominence to two recurring areas of debate for the rail industry. Both events have been whole-heartedly embraced by rail companies but what practical steps are being taken to match this enthusiasm? Network Rail used International Women’s Day to highlight the […]

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