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Simon Kirby resigns as chief executive of High Speed 2

Simon Kirby HS2 Staff PortraitHS2 Ltd, the company charged with designing and building the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has made two major announcements today. The first is the resignation of chief executive Simon Kirby. Simon, who joined the project from Network Rail two and a half years ago, will be taking up the position of chief operating officer […]
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InnoTrans 2016 preview

InnoTrans 2014Every two years, the world’s rail industry packs its bags and travels to Berlin, Germany’s capital and, for four brief days, the capital of the world’s railway supply industry. InnoTrans is billed as “the leading international trade fair for transport technology” and it’s huge – 41 exhibition halls with 3,500 metres of track outside where […]
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Class 707 breaks cover

DG248261. 707002. Wildenrath. Germany. 15.7.16You might have read about the Siemens Class 700 Desiro City trains that are under construction for Thameslink. A total of 1,140 of the vehicles are being built at the Krefeld factory in Germany. These vehicles will form 55 twelve-car units, each capable of carrying 1,754 passengers, and 60 eight-car units. The first of these […]
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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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London Bridge station – Another milestone

BD0Q2846The massive job to totally rebuild London Bridge station reaches a major stage over the forthcoming August bank holiday weekend. The work so far has progressed from south to north, starting with the terminating platforms, these being reduced from nine to six in total, with the new Platforms 10 to 15 being brought into service […]
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Opposing forces

TorkseyOpening-017Box-ticking is a fact of life we’re all familiar with. No matter how routine, managerial decision- making is propped-up by paperwork for those rare occasions when investigators need an audit trail to follow. It often seems disproportionate, but such is the shadow cast by our legal system. Nowhere has bureaucracy felt more onerous than in the […]
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Video: Glasgow Queen Street

GlasgowQShexFor 20 weeks, it’s been all change at Glasgow Queen Street as a considerable package of work is pushed forward as part of the ongoing Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). Involved are platform extensions to handle new eight-car trains, track layout changes in the station throat and, through the thousand-yard long approach tunnel, renewal of […]
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141 days at Queen Street

Preparing tunnel floor for concrete base next to installed trackOn New Year’s Day in 1842, the citizens of Glasgow were able to walk through the newly constructed 1159-yard tunnel into Queen Street station, at their end of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. The tunnel had been whitewashed and gas-lit for this event, which raised funds for those injured building the railway. The railway opened on 21 […]
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Lateral thinking in Lincoln

Lincoln footbridgeFootbridges are simple structures, and so is installing them. A few concrete pads, two steel lattice towers – prefabricated off-site, a couple of staircases, and a steel bridge deck that can be lifted into place overnight while the railway is closed. Simple – and quick. Except…bridges now have to be accessible to wheelchairs, young children in […]
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Three Peaks triumph

Three Peaks 2016This year’s Three Peaks Challenge by Rail raised close to £165,000 for Railway Children, bringing the total raised for the charity to £2.4 million. Three Peaks by Rail was launched in 2004. A team from the Department for Transport achieved the fastest time this year, completing the combined 11,200 feet of climbing in just 13 hours […]
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Relaxing at Rail Live 2016

DSC_9466Can a massive outdoor rail plant and equipment show be a relaxed affair? Maybe not for the exhibitors. They had all the joys of setting up and making sure that all their kit arrived in time – and that it worked. But this year at Rail Live, for the visiting punters at least, yes it could […]
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