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French rail industry meets at SIFER

The UK has Railtex, Germany InnoTrans, and France SIFER. Staged every two years since 1999, the French event is billed as the country’s only international rail industry trade show. A three-day meeting held in Lille, in northern France, SIFER brings together stakeholders from across all sectors – from industry contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and sub-contractors […]
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Railtex 2017 preview – the exhibitors you need to look out for

With over 450 exhibitors, there are certainly plenty of stands to visit at this year’s international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services. Rail Engineer can’t hope to preview them all, visitors will just have to go around and see for themselves, but here is a selection (in alphabetical order and complete with its stand […]
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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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Safe from start to finish

The story of the Midland Main Line upgrade has moved on quite a bit in the past 12 months. At the start of 2016, the programme was just beginning to regain momentum following a brief hiatus – one of the after effects of Sir Peter Hendy’s extensive review of Network Rail. The £2 billion programme […]

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Getting active in 2017

Is staff wellbeing treated as seriously as it deserves to be? An engineer working on site will be issued with ear defenders to protect their hearing and steel-toe-capped boots to deflect the blow of a heavy falling object, but many of the factors that can impact on the health and wellbeing occur before they come […]

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Sense and sustainability

According to the United Nations sustainable development has three elements: economic development, social development and environmental protection. Sustainability is only achieved when these aspects are in balance. Specific sustainability guidance is provided by CEEQUAL, BREEAM and PAS 2080. The Civil Engineering Environmental Quality scheme (CEEQUAL) is a sustainability assessment scheme for infrastructure projects that was […]

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RVE goes from strength to strength

Writing about the 2015 RVE exhibition in Rail Engineer (issue 133, November 2015), Nigel Wordsworth called it “the best yet”. I was there last year too, and this year was even better. Coming just two weeks after the huge InnoTrans exhibition (where I kept getting lost!), it clearly illustrated the value of a “smaller, but […]
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‘Commuter’s hero’ and young rail professional steal the show

Southern driver Steve Copley, described in his nomination as a ‘commuter’s hero’, was named the RailStaff Awards Train Driver of the Year. Steve, possibly the only driver in the world with his own hashtag, hosts a daily guess the year quiz in an attempt to brighten the day of his passengers. Says Steve, ‘I am absolutely […]
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SNC-Lavalin flying the flag for rail managers

2016 has been a big year for us says SNC-Lavalin managing director Richard George. In the company’s own words, it has been a year of transition. On 1 January 2016, the Derby-based engineering consultancy Interfleet became SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit after assuming the name of the company that acquired it back in 2011. RailStaff spoke […]
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Charity and safety take centre stage

Network Rail’s Bill Cooke would have been briefly disappointed to miss out on the Safety Person of the Year award to John Abbott and colleague Roan Willmore, but his fundraising exploits ensured he’d come away with a trophy before the night was over. John Abbott, from RSSB, and Network Rail’s Roan Willmore collaborated to produce […]
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What it’s all about

‘It’s all about teamwork isn’t it,’ says Roger Stewart, a director at Coyle Personnel, one of the largest suppliers of contingent labour to Britain’s rail industry. For a company that is a primary sponsor for around 900 staff, you can understand why teamwork is so important. As well as its 900 or so sponsored staff, […]
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