Switches and crossings play an essential role in connecting the rail network. We use them to guide trains from one track to another and to enable lines to cross paths. Put simply, they’re the junctions that allow us to create a multi-lined, multi-routed rail network. This is how they work.
Staff from Sheffield Hallam University’s Materials Department demonstrate and explain various types of non-destructive materials testing used in industry. Tests include dye penetrant testing, magnetic flux testing, ultrasonic testing and scanning electron microscopes — plus a demonstration of forensic materials engineering.
Staff from Sheffield Hallam University’s Materials Department demonstrate and explain various types of destructive materials testing, used on a range of materials. Tests include tensile, impact, hardness and compression.
This film profiles Progress Rail’s manufacturing sites in Sandiacre and Beeston, Nottinghamshire. We see how fabricated switches and crossings are machined, welded and assembled — and how modular layouts are revolutionizing this process.
The hidden story of rail — from its manufacture at Tata Steel’s huge works in Scunthorpe, through to its management in track, the factors which reduce its lifespan and how it is ultimate removed and replaced.
Zoe Laughlin from Kings College London’s Institute of Making introduces a film on the amazing world of materials — she listens to crystals in metals, demonstrates the incredible properties of super conductors at low temperatures — and explains how material science will transform how we heal bones.
Certain railway lines can be made more efficient by changing level crossing technology. This film outlines a student challenge — but also explains the concepts of headway, speed restrictions and line capacity.
Our fleet of infrastructure monitoring vehicles inspect the network 24/7, in order to predict and prevent faults occurring. This film profiles the flagship New Measurement Train. A high-speed track inspector and test-bed for cutting edge technology, it’s the most advanced train of its kind in the world.
Computers assist in virtually every single area of our operations — and the operations of our suppliers. They are vital to our work. Anyone entering our workplace can expect to use a computer or computer system to assist in making work more efficient, quicker — and safer. This film profiles two of the ways we […]
We have hundreds of projects under way at any one time. All projects need managing and delivering with consistency. That’s why we have GRIP – Governance of Railway Investment Projects. This is how GRIP works.
It is vital in an environment like the railway that communications are understood quickly and completely. So a strict protocol must be used. This is called safety critical communication. This is how it works.
This film looks at one of the biggest challenges we face in keeping the network safe: level crossings. How they work, the varieties we have in operation — and the safety issues they encounter.
Rail travel is the safest mode of transport in Britain. Making it safe, efficient and reliable is one of our jobs. This is the story of how we control trains — the block system, signalling and the different technologies used to control the network. For more information on signalling https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running… For all our national news, […]
An introduction to one of the UK’s most important engineering operations – who we are, what we do and why we do it. TO find out more about Network Rail and who we are https://www.networkrail.co.uk/who-we-… For all our national news, campaigns and to see how we’re at the heart of revitalising Britain’s railway.
Steve Yianni, Director of Engineering, introduces this series of films and describes our commitment to supporting engineering education — within our own workforce and beyond.