Archive for category: S & T

Why I became a signalling apprentice

Pulling cable through the interconnected tunnels of London Overground’s East London Line while most people are asleep is a world apart from the predictable hours of most office jobs. As one of Carillion’s signalling and telecoms apprentices, Ben Dawson, puts it, ‘There’s a bit of graft involved.’ The East London Line reopened in 2010 following […]
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Brexit – Signalling implications for the UK

With Britain on a course to leave the EU, how might the plans for signalling (control and communications) be affected? In short, nobody really knows, but a number of factors might now change the policy that had existed hitherto. Not having to comply with EU rules on interoperability, the non-inclusion of TEN routes and the advertising […]
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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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Eurotunnel inaugurates GSM-R through Channel Tunnel

Eurotunnel has commissioned its track-to-train GSM-R network to replace the Channel Tunnel’s obsolete comms network. The €48 million project has taken six years to complete. GSM-R, a sub-system of ERTMS, is vital for the Channel Tunnel to fall in line with current European signalling and telecommunications standards. Nokia has led the end-to-end integration of the GSM-R […]
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Liverpool Lime Street Resignalling

Located within the station throat at Liverpool Lime Street station, and standing in a deep cutting, is Liverpool Lime Street signal box. It was built to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway Type 13 design and commissioned on 25 January 1948. The interlocking is a 95-lever Westinghouse Brake and Signal Style ‘L’ frame and is believed […]
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Hitachi unveils first new driverless train for Taipei

Photo: Hitachi Rail Italy.The first new driverless metro train for Taipei’s Circular Line has been revealed by Hitachi Rail Italy at its factory in Reggio Calabria. The first of 17 four-car vehicles has[...]
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Subway Revival – Glasgow to introduce UTO

Tunnel-A4Glasgow’s Subway is the world’s third-oldest underground railway (after London and Budapest). When it opened in 1896, there was no rail connection to the surface so cars were lowered into the tunnels from the depot above. Although trains were steam-powered, there was no smoke in the tunnels. Instead, a stationary steam engine moved a 10.5 […]
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SBB boosting 3G/4G signal on Zurich S-Bahn

Image: SBB.SBB is continuing a national programme to boost mobile phone coverage across the Swiss rail network by now installing amplifiers on the Zurich S-Bahn The signal amplifiers, which have already[...]
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VolkerRail awarded London Underground 4LM contract

Photo: Shutterstock.comVolkerRail has been appointed by Thales to support the delivery of the London Underground’s Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) programme. Formerly known as the Sub-Surface Lines resignalling project, the scheme will[...]
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Siemens ETCS for Turkey’s Samsun-Kalin line

Photo: shutterstock.com.Siemens has been awarded a contract to install ETCS Level 1 signalling equipment on around 380 kilometres of railway connecting Samsun and Kalin. The new system is due to be[...]
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ETCS goes live on Thameslink

New Thameslink train at BlackfriarsThe goal of running 24 trains per hour in each direction through the heart of London has come one step closer with the successful first test of a Thameslink train[...]
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