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Journeys slump to 19th century levels

Passenger usage of the rail network between April and June fell to levels last seen in the mid-19th century, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Stadler takes over Metro maintenance

Stadler took over maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet from Nexus on 4 October as part of a 35-year servicing and maintenance contract which will in future cover the new fleet the manufacturer will build.

Five more ‘66s’ for GBRf

GB Railfreight is to introduce a further five Class 66s converted from locomotives in service in Germany.

HS2 awards slab track contract

HS2 Ltd has awarded a £260 million contract to supply a modular slab track system to a partnership which includes PORR UK Ltd and Aggregate Industries UK.

Vivarail's plans for zero-emission trains

In an exclusive video, Vivarail Chairman Adrian Shooter talks to Modern Railways about the company's Class 230s and its plans for zero-emission trains.

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Fourth Friday Club events go online

In response to the continuing uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic, we regret that Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club events will not be held in person before next spring.

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FAREWELL TO ‘THE JOLLY FISHERMAN’

With East Midlands Railway set to withdraw its HSTs next May...

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ORION TARGETS FAST FREIGHT

James Abbott

The logistics start-up intends to broaden the horizons of rail freight...

James Abbott

Europe View - October 2020

Keith Fender

Welcome to Europe View October 2020...

Keith Fender

Alan Williams - October 2020

Here we go again! Persistent rumours and kite-flying in the media...

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Covid-19’s rail legacy

Ian Walmsley

The Covid recession is with us...

Ian Walmsley

Railtalk: How do we build back better?

Welcome to Railtalk October 2020...

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THE RAILWAY INDUSTRY INNOVATION AWARDS 2020

Later in the year than planned due to Covid, a preview of entries...

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