SYEDA GHUFRAN, SCOTRAIL’S ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, TOLD THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS IN GLASGOW OF THE CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN RESHAPING THE FLEET
Scotland’s railway is in a state of transition. The Scottish Government is serious about decarbonisation and many lines in the central belt have recently been electrified, with the promise of more to follow. Meanwhile, there is a political will to forge stronger links between Scotland’s seven cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, Perth and Inverness); the railway is seen as playing an important role in this.
In the engineering function we have responded to these changes as electric trains have replaced diesels, and former Great Western Railway HSTs have come in to form the Inter7City network.