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A new initiative from Amey and Great Western Railway aims to give apprentices a more rounded view of what railway engineering involves. As in any endeavour, railway engineers rely heavily on experience. In their careers,...

Grand Central gives Alstom 10 more years

The Grand Central Railway Company has announced that maintenance of its Class 180 trains will continue to be undertaken by Alstom for the next ten years. Built by Alstom at its Washwood Heath plant in...

First work for Widnes

Alstom has announced the first work to be carried out at its new Widnes facility will be a £24 million contract to repaint the Virgin Trains fleet of Pendolinos. The new technology centre at Widnes...

Taking HS2 to completion

So far as many people are concerned, HS2 is a high-profile project that hasn’t started yet. True, there have been some route plans published, many of which are being criticised by those who live close to the proposed alignment. But then, no-one likes a railway at the bottom of their garden....

ATO in Leicestershire

Seeing London Underground trains run through the Leicestershire countryside is nothing new. The Old Dalby test track was leased by LU as far back as 2007, with Serco being contracted to operate and maintain it. Four kilometres of the 7.5km-long Up line were fitted with 630/750V fourth-rail DC electrification, in preparation...

T2 at North Pole

When Rail Engineer was invited to visit North Pole in early December, it seemed like a good opportunity to sort out Christmas presents. When the itinerary arrived, the route was found to be via St Pancras and Paddington. However, it was not then to catch a plane at Heathrow for the...

Hendy Review: Majority of projects will be delivered in CP5

Network Rail’s new chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, has published his 43-page report for the Secretary of State for Transport on the company’s investment programme. When he was appointed in July 2015, Sir Peter was asked to conduct a thorough review of the enhancement programme in England & Wales to see...

Room for expansion

However you measure it, Australia is huge. A vast island continent separating the Pacific and Indian oceans, it is the world’s sixth largest country by total area. Comprising the mainland, Tasmania and a number of smaller islands, it has a population of only 23.6 million, slightly more than Madagascar and slightly...

HS2 – The story so far

With the new Government carrying out a spending review due to be announced on 25 November, it is a good time to look at one of the big-ticket rail projects around at the moment – HS2. So far, the HS2 story has been about planning, design, compromise and proposal. The...

The new Thameslink facilities at Three Bridges

Far from being seen but not heard, many would say that railway engineers shouldn’t even be seen. The maintenance and upgrading of the network, which proceeds twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year (yes, really!), should all happen in the background and not affect passengers. That’s probably not...

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