Managing cracks and fractures safely – Class 80X Intercity Express Trains

In Issue 195 (March/April 2022) Rail Engineer reported on a February 2022 Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ seminar which examined the factors that might lead to rolling stock cracks and fractures.
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Consultation starts on Swiss Bahn 2050 programme

Europe
The Federal Council has put forward proposals for a further long-term programme of investment in the national rail network. Enhancement of the existing network to allow more intensive use is now seen as preferable to starting more major infrastructure projects.

HS2 releases additional funds for Euston tunnels job

UK
HS2 contractors delivering the tunnels and approaches into Euston station have received additional money to carry out the job.

Steam Sounds Supreme open pre-orders for WD 2-10-0 Steam Locomotive Pack

Train Simulator News
Steam Sounds Supreme has announced that pre-orders have opened for their upcoming release of the WD Austerity 2-10-0 Locomotive Pack.

Testing the New Alstom: The Bombardier acquisition one year on

UK
The UK’s railway rolling stock workshops have a proud history. Antecedents of Alstom include Robert Stephenson & Co. (manufacturer of the Rocket) which was founded in 1823 and was taken over by English Electric in 1944.

Upgrading in May

UK
Beginning and ending with a bank holiday weekend, the month of May provides a great opportunity for Network Rail to get to down to work on some potentially disruptive projects.

Affordable tram tracks – Very Light Rail: part one

Tram and Light Rail News
Britain’s nine light rail systems compare with around 30 in France and 60 in Germany as, historically, Britain has failed to invest in its transport infrastructure.

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