Well that was Interesting!

Early December is the traditional time for the Rail Exec Club, the railway industry’s leading networking organisation for executives and professionals, to hold its Gala Dinner. Which is why representatives from 102 organisations from around the industry gathered at Derby’s iconic Roundhouse a few weeks before Christmas. Everyone was there, directors and managers from four […]

Made in Britain

Just over a year since it opened, Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory has rolled out the first British-built train of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). A significant milestone in the £5.7 billion IEP programme, the manufacturer marked the occasion on 9 December with a celebration at the site. The event included speeches by the Transport Secretary, […]

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InnoTrans 2016 – Railways and rubber ducks

InnoTrans is the largest railway industry exhibition in the world. That’s not just organiser’s hyperbole, the numbers speak for themselves. Held every other year in Berlin during the third week in September, the 2016 show was the eleventh in the series. 2,955 exhibitors took part, representing some 60 countries. 149 products made their world debut at […]

Alstom – powered by hydrogen

The major integrated manufacturers were all at InnoTrans, all showing something new and promising more to come. Alstom revealed its new iLint train, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Two have been built, and should be in passenger service in northern Germany by the turn of the year. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom, commented: “This […]

Eurostar sale did represent value for money, says NAO report

The National Audit Office (NAO) has said the sale of the government's 40 per cent stake in Eurostar did represent value for money for the UK taxpayer. The sale, which raised £757 million, was "run...

Railpool orders selection of TRAXX locomotives

Locomotive leasing company Railpool has ordered a mixture of multi-system and Last Mile TRAXX locomotives. The €75 million order is for 18 locomotives - five Last Mile units and 13 multi-system locos. It's the first time the...

Metro Rail announces opening date for Gold Line extension

Trains will begin revenue service on Los Angeles' Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension from March 5 next year, it has been announced. Testing is now in full swing along the route, which will extend the Metro...

Thameslink Three Bridges depot opens its doors

Thameslink's Three Bridges depot has opened and is set to begin maintaining Britain's modern Class 700 fleet. Around £300 million has been invested in Three Bridges and another brand new depot in Hornsey, both built...

EU backs gradual privitisation of Europe’s railways

The European Commission's Transport Council has reached an agreement over the political pillar of the Fourth railway package which calls for a "gradual" liberalisation of rail operations across member states. During a meeting in Luxembourg today (October 8)...

More than 125,000 journeys made on Borders Railway in first month

More than 125,000 passenger journeys have been made on the Borders Railway in its first month of operation, outstripping initial expectations. Since opening on September 6, 125,971 passenger journeys have been undertaken on the route....