The transport consultants Aecom have been appointed by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to carry out a study into the reopening of the Portadown to Armagh railway according to a report on Belfast Live This comes as part of the wider All Island Strategic Rail review, currently being discussed by the Northern Ireland… Read More The Portadown to Armagh railway
Well, not literally… But this is about aircraft tech inspired train experiments. With the announcement of Chinese scientists adding wings to high speed trains to improve performance, here’s a quick look at the history of aircraft tech being used on railways. Starting briefly with the George Bennie Railplane, a test track was built north of… Read More Flying trains
In the 1930’s The English Electric Company produced a series of booklets about its electrification projects of railways worldwide. No.51 (1932) covers the Bombay Suburban lines, the first to be electrified in India. These scans are of the original booklet. Thanks for reading. Check out my other posts on travel, heritage railways and more.Please click… Read More Indian Railways Electrification
This morning the world’s first solar panel array connected directly to a railway went live in Aldershot. Riding Sunbeams’ ‘First Light’ demonstrator project is a collaboration between climate change charity 10:10, Community Energy South and Network Rail. The array of 100 solar panels, with an output of 30kW is connected to an ancillary transformer powering … Read More World first for solar powered rail
Viva rail, manufacturers of the class 230 units in use on the Bletchley branch, have announced a partnership with Arcola to develop a fuel cell version. Although electrification is the preferred option for most lines in the UK, there are a large number of small branches and rural lines where OLE is simply not a… Read More Viva Hydrogen!