DOO – Analysed & Explained

The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press, rail magazines, radio and TV programmes and indeed questions have been bandied about in parliament. As […]

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Video: Alstom’s hydrogen train on test

Alstom’s iLint hydrogen fuel cell train has successfully completed its first trial run at 80 km/h. Video courtesy of Alstom
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New lightweight, modular bridge design launched

Arup and Mabey have launched a new modular, glass-fibre-reinforced polymer bridge that they believe will revolutionise the installation of pedestrian footbridges on challenging railway work sites. The development of the Pedesta post-tensioned bridge design has been partially funded by the RSSB. The lightweight, modular design means the bridges don’t require large cranes or heavy lifting […]
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Students go loco

Twelve teams of student engineers will compete to build the best locomotive at this year’s Railway Challenge held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, this July. Teams include: • University of Birmingham • Bombardier/Derby University • Brunel University • FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences • […]

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Hector Rail orders 15 Vectron AC locomotives

Sweden’s Hector Rail AB has exercised an option for 15 Vectron alternating-current (AC) locomotives. The locomotives, which will operate using ETCS signalling and ATC2-STM train control equipment, are an option on an order placed in July 2016. As well as a power output of 6,400 KW, the locomotives will be equipped with a diesel power module […]
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Hydrogen fuel cell train completes first test run

Alstom’s iLint hydrogen fuel cell train has completed its first 80 km/h test run. The Coradia iLint unit carried out its trial run on the test track at Alstom’s factory in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, having already completed static commissioning. A more rigorous testing campaign will begin at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic […]
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Video: Building Bombardier’s Crossrail commissioning centre

Video showing the construction of Bombardier’s ‘V Shop’ – the facility which is currently being used to commission the new Class 345 trains for London’s Elizabeth line. Video courtesy of Inside Out Group
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HVLE orders dual-mode Stadler locomotives

Stadler’s Spanish division, what was formerly Vossloh Rail Vehicles, is to supply 10 six-axle Eurodual locomotives to German rail freight operator Havelländische Eisenbahn (HVLE). The dual-mode locomotives have both 15kV AC and 25 kV AC electric and diesel operating modes. The order will be financed by Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe through an asset-based leasing structure provided by DAL Deutsche […]
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East London Line Tunnel Emergency Control

The East London line, re-opened in recent times as part of the London Overground network, has an interesting history. To go under the Thames, it utilises the original Marc Brunel pedestrian tunnel. Construction of the Thames Tunnel started in 1825, with son Isambard in charge of the ground works. After various technological problems that caused […]
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Retrofitted hydrogen fuel cell EMU concept presented

The possibility of retro-fitting diesel multiple units (DMUs) to run on hydrogen fuel cell technology has been put to the test as part of an RSSB and Network Rail-funded innovation research programme. Fuel Cell Systems, which has worked alongside the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe, says the six-month study has demonstrated the feasibility of […]
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Preston-Blackpool line upgrade underway

Network Rail and its contractors have begun the main construction phase of a scheme to electrify the Preston and Blackpool line. Track lowering works started at Poutlon at the end of February. Once this is completed at the end of May, work will begin on the installation of over 200km of overhead catenary. The upgrade […]
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Brightline announces September launch

Florida’s Brightline has said it plans to formally launch the new intercity service in September. A trial service will begin between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale in late July. This will be followed by a Miami service at the end of August and the full official launch in September. The announcement on March 10 included a […]
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