Golden Spanner Awards

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.

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VIDEO: EMR’s Auroras coming soon

Progress update on Hitachi bi-mode introduction

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VIDEO: Enabling Voyagers to face the storms

CrossCountry has worked to enable its Voyagers to run along the Dawlish sea wall during adverse weather conditions

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VIDEO: The transition to condition-based maintenance

The railway industry is still working towards achieving fully condition-based maintenance

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VIDEO: A decarbonisation strategy for the Midlands

Combination of electrification and battery and bi-mode trains suggested

Record attendance as 2023 Golden Spanner winners revealed

Most reliable fleets rewarded at annual rolling stock celebration

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Managing obsolescence

A STRATEGIC approach is needed to managing obsolescence in rolling...

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A strategy for modern and green train services

THE GREAT British Railways Transition Team is working on a strategy...

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Replacing parts cheaply and quickly

DESPITE A significant influx of Angel Trains for a number of...

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Successfully introducing new trains

Testing new trains for the Overground: Nos 710374 and 710375...

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Meeting the fleet challenge

New eight-year lease agreed: EMR’s Nos 158773/889 at Alfreton...

Spanners celebrate most reliable fleets

Rolling stock sector gathers for annual awards

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The Golden Spanners 2021: mixed fortunes for fleet reliability

With late deliveries and technical problems compounding the impact of the pandemic, Industry and Technology Editor ROGER FORD tries to extract information from the mixed data in a troubled year

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A new measure for fleet reliability

The move from MTIN to Mp701D explained

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Axle steering trial shows promise

Potential to reduce wheel and rail wear and cut track access charges

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Class 93 offers intermodal opportunity

New Stadler tri-mode has great potential

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Alstom gets to grips with Aventra challenges

Manufacturer updates on progress following the Bombardier acquisition

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Certainty needed for rolling stock market

Avoiding boom and bust is crucial

Spanners celebrate most reliable fleets

Annual fleet reliability awards presented

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Golden Spanner Awards 2020

The Golden Spanner awards celebrate the efforts of maintenance and depot teams in keeping trains running reliably. Roger Ford will reveal which fleets have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Spanners at our online event.

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THE GOLDEN SPANNERS 2019 A RETURN TO IMPROVEMENT

WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF NEW TRAINS DUE TO ENTER SERVICE IN 2020,...

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THE GOLDEN SPANNERS 2018 FLEET RELIABILITY WOBBLES

HAVE WE SEEN ‘PEAK RELIABILITY’? ROGER FORD REFLECTS ON A...

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THE GOLDEN SPANNERS

ROGER FORD REVEALS A YEAR OF MIXED FORTUNES, BUT WITH SEVEN OF...

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THE GOLDEN SPANNERS 2017 FLEET RELIABILITY REVIEW

BRAND NEW TRAIN DESIGNS ARE ENTERING SERVICE IN LARGE NUMBERS....