To combat low adhesion hazards such as leaves on rail lines, engineers and researchers have partnered to develop an on-board train system that will instantly detect issues and hazard hot spots.
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The research agreement will enable HS2 to draw upon key centres of British academic excellence to help to drive new insight across a broad range of disciplines.
The rail industry remains under pressure to improve network performance and resolve capacity issues. Crucial for success is the design of permanent way and deployment of new engineering solutions. Read on to find out how innovative techniques can assist in creating safer and more efficient track systems.
In 2016, Global Railway Review published an article1 detailing the work of a team at Loughborough University that had developed an idea for a novel track switch mechanism that could, for the first time, bring fault tolerance through redundancy to track switching. This promised to be the first significant change…
The available Engineering Doctorate posts will work alongside High Speed Two Ltd (HS2) priorities and will have a key role in shaping the future of the railway project…
It is no secret that railway track switches – which have worked the same way for over 200 years – face stubborn reliability issues and costly maintenance bills. The signalling, detection and locking systems built into and around switches can slow things down and significantly reduce network capacity.