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New Caledonian Sleeper carriages under test

The first new carriages destined for the Caledonian Sleeper service are now complete and in the Czech Republic for testing.
An Aventra train. Credit: First Group.

FirstGroup and MTR place £895m order with Bombardier for new South Western trains

New South Western franchise operators FirstGroup and MTR have signed an £895 million contract with Bombardier for the supply and maintenance of 90 new Aventra trains. The new trains, which will be supplied in five...
A headrest for a regional DB train service being made by a 3D printer. Credit: DB.

How 3D printing is revolutionising railways around the world

3D printing has been around for decades but has slowly moved towards the mainstream as it becomes increasingly commercialised. A number of sectors have found ways it can benefit them but what use is 3D printing currently having on railways around the world?
Hitachi train car being offloaded at Southampton port. Credit: Hitachi.

Hitachi’s first intercity train for Devon and Cornwall route arrives in UK

Over the weekend the first Intercity Express Train (IET) for Greater Western Railway’s (GWR) Devon and Cornwall route arrived in Southampton. Built at the manufacturer's factory in Japan, the five-car Class 802 test train was...

Class 707s enter service on Windsor routes

The first two Class 707s have entered passenger service on the Windsor routes - a few days before the franchise is handed over to First/MTR.
A potential HS2 train design. Image: HS2.

RIA concern at government’s failure to commit to Crossrail 2

The Railway Industry Association has spoken of its concern over the government's failure to commit to Crossrail 2 in the Queen's Speech. Chief executive Darren Caplan also said that he was disappointed at the lack...

See inside Napoli’s spectacular new station

Designed by world-renowned architects Zaha Hadid, Napoli Afragola can legitimately claim to be a station of the future. Italy’ Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni arrived on a Frecciarossa 1000 on June 6 to formally open the...

SNCF launches two new high-speed lines

SNCF celebrated the launch of two new high-speed lines in France at the weekend. In a statement on its website, the state-owned company said the new lines will cut journey times in the west of...
CRRC's suspended monorail. Credit: CRRC.

CRRC tests suspended monorail called the ‘Sky Train’

The Chinese rolling stock manufacturer said the prototype is the fastest of its kind in the country, travelling at speeds of up to 70km/h.

DB facing greater competition on regional rail routes

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has reported record passenger numbers on its long-distance rail services but is facing fierce competition on regional routes, a new report has shown. The number of rail companies active in the country...