KMT SmartLine jigs support Hitachi Rail in renewing UK rail network

One of the challenges for OEMs of rolling stock is sourcing the highly specialised equipment needed to set up production lines. For something as complex as a modern train, custom machinery is needed at nearly every stage of the...

DB Cargo UK successfully trials the use of ‘combi-consists’

DB Cargo UK is trialling the use of ‘combi-consists’ to increase capacity, improve customer service and improve its efficiency. This month the UK’s largest rail freight operator ran a unique jumbo train from Belmont Yard in Doncaster to Barking, East...

GB Railfreight and Porterbrook partner to build 50 new wagons for sustainable rail freight growth

GB Railfreight (GBRf) and rolling stock company Porterbrook are today (15th March) announcing the production of 50 new Greenbrier box wagons, building on their 15-year relationship as part of a sharp growth in rail freight demand. The transaction marks a...

Rolls-Royce and Porterbrook Agreement Will Drive Rail Decarbonisation

Rolls-Royce is teaming up with UK rail rolling stock owner and asset manager Porterbrook, to identify and develop technological innovations to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality across the rail network. The two companies, who have signed a...

1000th bogie overhaul completed at Siemens Mobility’s Lincoln Bogie Service Centre

Siemens Mobility’s Bogie Service Centre (BSC) in Lincoln has successfully reached an historic milestone with the overhaul of its 1000th bogie. The achievement comes after only three years of operations, and just 15 months after its 500th bogie overhaul. Sambit Banerjee, Managing...

TfW celebrate completion of £40m Class 175 refurbishment work

Transport for Wales (TfW) is celebrating the completion of work to refurbish its fleet of Class 175 long-distance trains. Train manufacturer Alstom has been working to refurbish the 27 Coradia trains at their Technology Centre in Widnes, Cheshire, as part...

HS2 Ltd awards landmark rolling stock contracts to Hitachi-Alstom joint venture

HS2 Ltd today confirmed that a Hitachi/Alstom JV has been awarded the contracts to build Britain’s next generation of high speed trains at their factories in Derby and County Durham in a major deal set to support 2,500 jobs...

Liverpool City Region model train carriage to help teach rail engineers of the future

A life size mock-up carriage of one of the new trains for the Liverpool City Region has taken on a new role this week at a college teaching rail engineers of the future. The full-scale mock-up of one of the...

Loram UK and Network Rail in multi-million-pound wagon repurposing deal

The rail and rolling stock maintenance specialist, Loram UK, has announced a multi-million-pound deal with Network Rail to repurpose at least 250 side tipper ballast wagons. The work will involve removing the tipper element of the wagons to create reusable...

Porterbrook appoints its first Chief Operating Officer

Porterbrook, the rolling stock owner and asset manager, today announced the appointment of Ben Ackroyd as the company’s first Chief Operating Officer. This Board level role will see Ben take strategic responsibility for all operational aspects of the business. Porterbrook...

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Signalling at Manchester to be overhauled over Jubilee weekend

Network Rail will complete a major signalling overhaul in Manchester over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday. As part of...