Topical views on the rail industry

13 November 2017

Introduction Many new trains are being introduced with seats that are generally considered less comfortable than the seats on the trains they replace. Measure of seat comfort has always been a difficult aspect of train specification, and the most common solution to the problem has been not to write anything at all. This has resulted […]… Read more



29 September 2017

Introduction As a regular traveller by rail, as I slip off into some daydream, I often wonder what I would do if there was a serious incident on the train. In the circumstances what would I do? I am a railwayman. I used to hold personal track safety (PTS) certification although I no longer do. […]… Read more



11 August 2017

Introduction In this rapidly changing environment that we live in, the railways are sometimes seen as conservative. This is true and is a result of longevity. A multiple unit will be designed to last for 35 years. A lot can happen in 35 years. 35 years ago, it was 1982. Margaret Thatcher was in power; […]… Read more



10 December 2014

Remember the McNulty Report? No reason why you should, because everyone else seems to have forgotten about it. Actually, perhaps that’s not fair. DfT now has a Rail Executive, the Rail Delivery Group now exists, Future Railway and the Technical Strategy Leadership Group are now thought-leading divisions within RSSB, tasked with shaping the railway of tomorrow [&hel… Read more



23 June 2014

The availability and deliverability of a new DMU for the UK market is perhaps less of a technical consideration and more of a political and commercial consideration concerning future electrification strategy, residual economic life in the existing DMU fleets, future assumptions about growth and continuing encouragement of rail as well as the commitment of resources [&… Read more