Fostering engineering equality

Gender equality was an ever-present theme throughout the US presidential election. It was the first time a woman had been a genuine contender for the job – a significant moment in history. The result will go down in history for very different reasons but it means the metaphorical glass ceiling will remain intact for a […]

Rail staff conquer Mount Kenya

A team of 20 intrepid rail staff has raised £90,000 for the Railway Children in a dramatic 11-day expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya. Climbers braved storm force winds and bad weather to raise money for the charity which helps children at risk on the streets. At a height of 4,985m, the group had […]

Why I became a signalling apprentice

Pulling cable through the interconnected tunnels of London Overground’s East London Line while most people are asleep is a world apart from the predictable hours of most office jobs. As one of Carillion’s signalling and telecoms apprentices, Ben Dawson, puts it, ‘There’s a bit of graft involved.’ The East London Line reopened in 2010 following […]

Britain’s first high-speed rail college takes shape

UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has visited Birmingham to see the country's first high-speed rail college taking shape. HS2 said with the roof structure currently being completed, the Birmingham site of the National College for...

Paul Plummer explains why Britain Runs on Rail

Ahead of the launch of the new Britain Runs on Rail campaign, the RDG’s chief executive, Paul Plummer, is on a mission to get this positive message across – one that he hopes will boost pride amongst people working across the rail industry, as well as build support amongst the public for continued investment in […]

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...

Virgin East Coast confirms HST engine refurbishment deal

Virgin Trains East Coast has announced a £16 million contract with MTU to refurbish the diesel engines in all 35 of its HST fleet. The refurbishment is a stop-gap measure ahead of the introduction of...

Bombardier TRAXX for Israel

Israel is becoming the latest country to electrify its rail network and replace diesel locomotives with electric ones. As part of this programme, a contract for 62 TRAXX AC locomotives has been placed by Israel...

Alstom-led consortium awarded Panama Metro Line 2 contract

Alstom, in partnership with CIM, Sofratesa, Thales and TSO, is to supply the trains and operating systems for Line 2 of Panama's expanding metro network. The contract, which was awarded by Consórcio Línea 2 - the...

East Midlands Trains extends Meridian maintenance contract

East Midlands Trains (EMT) has extended its existing Meridian maintenance deal with Bombardier. Bombardier will continue to maintain EMT's fleet of 27 Class 222 Meridian trains at Derby's Etches Park depot until at least March 2018....