Engineering themes

Rail transportation/Rail infrastructure

A total of 27 items listed.

What makes an exciting roller coaster?

Sarah Griffiths

Sarah Griffiths talked to engineers, designers and enthusiasts about the elements that all roller coasters share and what makes some rides scarier than others.

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A lot more than lubrication

Professor Ian Hutchings FREng

Professor Ian Hutchings FREng, GKN Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Cambridge, highlights the progress and some failures of the important discipline of tribology.

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High speed evolution

Keith Fender

Keith Fender, Europe Editor at Modern Railways magazine asked Martin Steuger, Siemens Eurostar Project Director, and Nigel Broughton, Siemens Eurostar Project Manager, to explain how these trains have evolved.

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Crossrail: tunnelling on an epic scale

Terry Morgan FREng, Andrew Wolstenholme OBE FREng, Chris Dulake

Crossrail engineers are constructing 70m of tunnels each week with specially designed tunnel boring machines, while ensuring Underground lines and the city above remain undisturbed

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Keeping track of energy

Kevin Payne

From water-powered cooling systems to regenerative braking, London Underground’s engineers aim to keep London moving comfortably and efficiently

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Straddling the Thames

Hugh Ferguson

How engineers have widened and rebuilt Blackfriars railway bridge to withstand barge strikes, accommodate increased Thameslink traffic, and house London’s largest solar array

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Restoration of the Forth Bridge

John Andrew

Epoxy-based paint and encapsulated scaffolding were two of the components behind the successful restoration of the Clydeside bridge

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High Speed 1

Mike Glover FREng

Project managing the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the UK’s first high speed railway

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John Armitt CBE FREng

John Armitt tells Michael Kenward OBE of his love for the great outdoors and how it complements his life as Chief Executive of Network Rail plc.

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Responses to ‘Safety and Performance’ and the flooding of New Orleans

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Why Rails Crack?

Andy Doherty, Steve Clark, Robert Care and Mark Dembosky

The Hatfield train crash in 2000 provided the incentive to investigate the phenomenon of rail cracking on the UK rail network

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What Price Speed - Revisited

The Railway Research Group, Imperial College

The evolution of transport propulsion efficiency over the last 50 years

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