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Launched in 2003, the RAIL100 Breakfast Club is a business networking club for the industry’s senior managers. It helps members keep abreast of current topics within the industry and gives them the ability to discuss these with their peers.

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Launched in 2003, the RAIL100 Breakfast Club is a business networking club for the industry’s senior managers. It helps members keep abreast of current topics within the industry and gives them the ability to discuss these with their peers.

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Hitachi targets next year for testing of tri-mode IET. Five-car Class 802 to be converted to tri-mode power ahead of testing

Register now for RAIL's National Rail Recovery Conference

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We are pleased to invite you to the Virtual National Rail Recovery Conference, which takes place in a virtual space on February 23 - 25. COVID-19 has shaken the very foundations of the UK and our economy. The railway is not alone in facing some of the biggest challenges in its history – plummeting passenger numbers after a long period of unprecedented growth; the prospect of changing work ...

Latest Issue - Rail

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A new year, but the same problems are facing the railway following the Prime Minister’s latest lockdown announcement. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE. EXCLUSIVE: High Hopes for 2021 - Maggie Smith, Mick Cash, Anthony Smith, David Horne, Jacqueline Starr and more discuss the prospects for the rail industry

EXCLUSIVE: The GB Railfreight Class 69 project explained

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GB Railfreight has announced that testing of the first Class 69s should begin on the Severn Valley Railway in January, with the locomotives entering traffic later in the year. Ten Class 56s are being converted into ‘69s’ by Progress Rail at its Longport facility, near Stoke-on-Trent. They are ...

HS2 progress: “volume of activity is growing"

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Progress on High Speed 2 Phase 1 is now at “full throttle”, according to HS2 Ltd’s Director of Infrastructure Chris Rayner. Speaking exclusively to RAIL, Rayner said the main works on HS2, which he described as the biggest railway project since the Victorian era, are set to start in around one year’s time.The peak in construction on the project would be around 2024-25.

First HS2 construction train to Washwood Heath

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GB Railfreight hauled the first HS2 construction train to Washwood Heath on August 25. More than 150 trains will carry up to 235,000 tonnes of stone from the Peak District to the Birmingham site - the equivalent of more than 13,000 lorry movements.

HNRC reveals plans for new Worksop site - Rail

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TfL Rail 345023 is the first of several new-build trains to be stored at Harry Needle Railroad Company’s Worksop facility. The nine-car Aventra arrived at the site on May 29 from Old Dalby, where it had been undergoing testing.

Ballasted and non-ballasted track - Rail Magazine

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A high proportion of existing high speed tracks have been constructed using ballast. Several such systems have now been in operation for many years, including ballasted high-speed tracks in Belgium (SNCB), France (SNCF), Germany (DB), China (MOR) and parts of the network in Japan (CJR/EJR/WJR).

Island Line bids farewell to “icon of transport”…

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The oldest rolling stock on the national network has been retired from service after almost 83 years in operation. The 1938 Class 483 former London Underground trains on the Isle of Wight ran a final day of service between Ryde Pier and Shanklin on Sunday January 3. The Island Line is now closed for ...

Hopes rekindled of full Midland Main Line electrification

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Electrifying the entire Midland Main Line could be back on the agenda. The scheme was originally confirmed in 2012, only for Government to cancel electrification north of Kettering/Corby in July 2017, stating that bi-mode trains would be ordered instead.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Shadow Transport Secretary Jim ...

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This feature was published in RAIL 907 (June 17-June 30). In the immediate aftermath of the 2019 General Election and a shock Conservative majority, if you had been told that within six months the passenger operators on the UK rail network would be nationalised and franchising effectively ended, you would probably have laughed.

Alstom wins £642 million contract with Avanti for ...

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Alstom has won a seven-year deal with Avanti West Coast worth £642 million for the refurbishment and maintenance of 56 Class 390 Pendolinos. The deal is worth £127m for the refurbishment, which is thought to be the largest ever carried out in the UK, while the maintenance deal is worth £515m.

GBRf confirms Class 69 conversion - Rail Magazine

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GB Railfreight (GBRf) has confirmed an order for 16 Class 69s that will be converted from Class 56s it bought last year. The locomotives will be converted by Progress Rail, from which GBRf will also lease the ‘69s'.

Midland Main Line electrification delayed

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Electric trains will not be running between St Pancras International and Corby from this December, as had been planned. Network Rail has confirmed that the electrification project is behind schedule due to COVID-19.

Rail Operations (UK) Ltd orders Class 93 tri-modes

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Thirty Class 93 tri-mode locomotives will be built by Stadler for Rail Operations (UK) Ltd, with the initial batch of ten due for delivery in early 2023. Stadler’s first tri-mode has three different power sources. In electric mode, it is able to run on 25kV AC overhead lines with a power of 4,000 ...

Controlled Emission Toilet - Rail

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Biomass…from port to power station - Rail Magazine

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The decline of coal is presenting a host of interesting dilemmas for the energy industry, as it seeks new ways to fuel its power stations. Key to this will be biomass.

Exeter-Waterloo: a vital rail artery

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It's been 20 years since '159s' were introduced on the Exeter-Waterloo line. RICHARD CLINNICK looks at train performance, and why business is looking up

EXCLUSIVE: Rail Operations Group to store stock at MoD ...

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Rail Operations Group has agreed a deal to use MoD Bicester as a storage facility. Speaking exclusively to RAIL, the company’s Chief Executive Officer Karl Watts said: “Bicester is massive.It has 5,200 metres of storage, and we will put anything there.”

DRS incorporated into NDA’s transport portfolio

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Our Head of News, Richard joined RAIL in 2005 from local press, where he had been working since 2002. He covers all aspects of news for the magazine and website, specialising in operations and rolling stock.

Hitachi targets next year for testing of tri-mode IET

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Testing of a five-car Hitachi Class 802/0 tri-mode unit will begin in 2022, and the train could be in traffic the following year. It is expected that the train will save more than 20% of fuel on Great Western Railway’s London Paddington-Penzance route. The plan is for the ‘802’ to use battery ...

Great Western Electrification Programme - Rail

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Direct Award franchise extensions for Southeastern and GWR

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Direct Awards have been signed with two franchises whose deals had been due to end on March 31. Southeastern and Great Western Railway will now continue under their existing ownership.

Waverley Line…next stop Carlisle? - Rail Magazine

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There’s something deeply satisfying about living in a time where we are talking about railway re-openings, rather than line closures. Such is the transformation in the fortunes of Britain’s Railways since the turn of the century, we are now looking at a lot more than simply station re-openings, but at a very substantial piece of new railway.

EXCLUSIVE: More Merseytravel trains and line extensions?

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The 52-strong Class 777 order could be expanded, depending on the future size of the Merseyrail network. Currently, 52 trains from 59 Class 507/508s are needed each day.

No timetable for Piccadilly new platforms, says Rail Minister

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There is no timetable for building two new platforms at Manchester Piccadilly that would ease capacity concerns at the station. Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed the situation in a Commons Written Reply on September 4, following a question from Stephen Twigg (Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, West Derby).

EXCLUSIVE: Plans unveiled for £237m King’s Cross remodelling

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King’s Cross is to partially close for three months in early 2020 to allow for major track remodelling and asset renewal, RAIL can exclusively reveal. Network Rail has confirmed that up to 50% of the UK’s ninth busiest station will be shut between January and March 2020, to complete the £237 million project.

Built in the 1960s… rebuilt for the 21st century - Rail

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Our Head of News, Richard joined RAIL in 2005 from local press, where he had been working since 2002. He covers all aspects of news for the magazine and website, specialising in operations and rolling stock.