Archive for category: Digital Railway

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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The Digital Railway – A supplier’s view

The Digital Railway project continues to generate interest from many quarters. The latest position from Network Rail was explained in issue 147 (January 2017) following an interview with David Waboso, the project’s managing director. Just how does this fit in with the suppliers’ perception of what needs to happen and, more importantly, what can the […]
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The Digital Railway – A supplier’s view

The Digital Railway project continues to generate interest from many quarters. The latest position from Network Rail was explained in issue 147 (January 2017) following an interview with David Waboso, the project’s managing director. Just how does this fit in with the suppliers’ perception of what needs to happen and, more importantly, what can the […]
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UK signalling – A 2017 update

It is nearly four years since Rail Engineer reviewed the state of signalling within Network Rail and much has changed in the intervening period. The organisation is now different and a more pragmatic view is being taken on the deployment of new technology. A recent discussion with Kevin Robertshaw (programme director for signalling projects) explored […]
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Autumn statement – what’s in it for rail?

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond, presented his Autumn Statement to Parliament on November 23. The former Secretary of State for Transport (May 2010 – October 2011) spoke of forecasts for growth (2.1 per cent in 2016, reducing to 1.4 per cent in 2017), of growing employment (2.7 million new jobs since 2010) and […]
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Digital signalling testing for new GWR train

One of the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains has started testing its digital signalling system on Network Rail’s infrastructure. Train 800 002, a five-car bi-modal (diesel and electric) IEP train destined for the Great Western Railway, has arrived at Network Rail’s ERTMS National Integration Facility (ENIF) at Hitchin. Hitachi’s ETCS Baseline 2 digital signalling […]
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DB and Siemens to pilot digital predictive maintenance

Siemens is to pilot a new digital predictive maintenance system with Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) fleet of Series 407 ICE 3 high-speed trains. Siemens, which manufactured the Velaro D trains operated by DB, will analyse the data gathered by the trains and directly recommend any required maintenance to DB’s engineers. Siemens will analyse the data at […]
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ATACS – The Japanese Level 3?

The concept of ERTMS Level 3 has been around since the vision for a standardised European signalling system came about in the 1990s. Reducing the amount of track-based signalling equipment and doing everything by radio seemed an admirable goal but, despite early predictions and the emergence of something akin on lightly used lines, very little […]
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Getting up to speed: rail asset information hits the fast track

Robust and timely rail asset data is essential for effective decision-making in the management of rail infrastructure – from trackbed evaluation, flood risk assessment and tunnel/bridge monitoring, to track renewal, electrification work and station modernisation. With these and many more network management processes hungry for information, there is pressure for quicker and more flexible acquisition of […]
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Deploying unidirectional gateways

As a vital part of the national economy, the rail industry in the UK is undergoing an increase in demand for transporting passengers and freight. Unfortunately, with the rise of sophistication of cyber attacks, Britain’s critical infrastructure, and its rail system in particular, is becoming more and more vulnerable. Due to interconnected systems, entertainment devices […]
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