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The Railway Innovation Awards 2022 Entry Form

The judging panel of the Railway Innovation Awards is looking forward to receiving your entries to the 2022 awards. The deadline for entries to be received for the awards is 30 April 2022.

The Railway Innovation Awards 2022 Entry Information

Entry information and form for the 2022 event

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GBR Advisory Panel meets for first time

The Advisory Panel for the Great British Railways Transition Team met for the first time on 19 January.

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First refrigerated goods service for Tesco

Philip Sherratt/Julian Worth/Iain Scotchman

Regular services from new terminal at Tilbury

Philip Sherratt/Julian Worth/Iain Scotchman
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Testing milestone for new Subway trains

The first of the new Stadler-built trains for the Glasgow Subway entered the tunnels on the night of 4 December in a major milestone for the system’s modernisation.

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Modern Railways February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Deadline nearing for Women in Rail Awards entries

Nominations must be submitted by 28 January

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Busy Christmas for Network Rail

Work on over 370 engineering projects was carried out by Network Rail during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Extra date for IRSE certificate

The Institute of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) has offered a new opportunity to sit its Certificate in Railway Control Engineering Fundamentals on 26 March due to high demand.

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Northern seeking hybrid ‘195s’

Tony Miles

Battery EMUs sought for Trans-Pennine routes

Tony Miles

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The brainchild of Institution of Railway Operators luminary and now West Dorset MP Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations.

Sponsored by Tracsis and Porterbrook

Rail in Wales and the West

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

Our Rail in Wales and the West conference reverts to its usual format as an in-person event for spring 2022. With the exciting plans in the new Wales and Borders franchise and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.

Sponsored by Porterbrook, Resonate and Thales

Railway Innovation Awards

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London, United Kingdom

Founded in 1998, the Awards are the annual event at which everybody keen on seeing innovation in the railway sector meets up to discuss and celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry.

In partnership with the Railway Industry Association. Sponsored by Porterbrook

Rail in the North of England

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Now established as an annual fixture, the Northern Rail Conference celebrates progress in the modernisation and improvement of the railways of the North of England.

Sponsored by Porterbrook and Thales

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It is an exciting time for Rail in the Midlands, with new franchises in place for both the East and West Midlands and new rolling stock on order, combined with infrastructure developments taking place across the region.

Sponsored by Porterbrook

Golden Spanner Awards

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London, United Kingdom

The Golden Spanners is an annual event at which all those interested in railway rolling stock meet to discuss best practice and celebrate excellence in train maintenance.

Sponsored by Houghton International and Porterbrook