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Measurements on the move

Network Rail is not just the infrastructure controller. It manages more than 100 rail vehicles for roles as adverse as weather mitigation and incident response. Although part of this fleet was inherited from British Rail, in recent years the...

A top down approach

For most of its route, the railway between Dundee and Aberdeen snakes through the undulating foothills of north-east Scotland or runs along the coast. This was demanding terrain for railway builders who had to construct many embankments, cuttings and...

Queensland Rail re-opens Central West Line after floods

The Central West Line between Emerald and Winton has re-opened after extensive flood damage cut the track for more than six weeks. Regular services will resume, which will see the Spirit of the Outback as well as freight trains back...

Northern Rail brightens up Leeds Mencap

Employees from the largest rail operator in Leeds, Northern Rail, have been working hard to help local charity, Leeds Mencap. Not only has Northern Rail donated £1,500 to the charity, but employees from the Neville Hill depot have also...

Funding victory for tram scheme

Government funding of £75 million for Centro’s expansion through central Birmingham means the scheme can go ahead. Centro can now invite companies to bid to supply a new fleet of trams and to build the new maintenance depot at Wednesbury....

Rod Stewart’s railway

Forget recreational drugs, groupies and booze. When he comes off stage there is nothing singer Rod Stewart likes better than to relax over a model railway. Rod, 66, requests a large table in his dressing room. The global superstar and...

Thousands flock to rail

It’s not just passenger numbers that are soaring: Network Rail has been swamped by 8,000 young people applying for just 200 places on its now famous rail engineering apprenticeship scheme. Says Network Rail Director Peter Henderson, ‘The huge numbers we’re...

Centro: Work to solve Birmingham and Coventry rail bottleneck needed in addition to high speed rail

Two extra railway tracks need to be laid along the West Coast Main Line between Birmingham and Coventry well ahead of any opening of the proposed high speed rail link if the West Midlands is to meet ever rising...

NSW: Work begins on Parkes to Broken Hill upgrade

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and its industry partner Transfield Services held a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony in Broken Hill ahead of the start of work on the most extensive upgrade of the rail line to Parkes since...

QR National announces new coal haulage contract

Australia’s largest rail freight business QR National has signed a new haulage agreement with Anglo American Metallurgical Coal to haul coal from the Capcoal Mining Complex to the Port of Gladstone. QR National Executive Vice President and CEO Coal Customers...

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Roman busts uncovered in HS2 dig on display at Discover Bucks Museum

Visitors to the Discover Bucks Museum in Aylesbury will soon be given the opportunity to see the incredibly rare...