David Bickell

Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal

The forthcoming resignalling of Cardiff station area is a large complex undertaking and Atkins invited Rail Engineer along to the project offices at Newport to learn about the latest extension planned for the South Wales Control Centre (SWCC). The Cardiff area was previously resignalled back in 1966 with the commissioning...

Signalling Crossrail

Tunnelling for the £15 billion railway was completed last May with the final two TBMs, Elizabeth and Victoria, being decommissioned. The task of fitting out the tunnels and stations, installing track, OHLE and signalling is now well under way. Crossrail was invented to increase capacity for east-west journeys, relieving the Central and...

Dangerous Occurrence – Signal Passed at Danger

On the evening of Wednesday 4 December 1957, in foggy conditions, the 16:56 train from  Cannon Street to Ramsgate, hauled by ‘Battle of Britain’ Class 4-6-2 steam locomotive 34066 ‘Spitfire’, passed a red signal near Lewisham and collided with the rear of a stationary EMU bound for Hayes that was stopped...

National Operating Strategy unveiled

When Network Rail took over the national rail infrastructure in 2002, it inherited roughly 800 operational signal boxes deploying a wide range of technologies including lever frames, ‘entrance-exit’ (NX) panels ...
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