Andrew McNaughton - Articles and news items
Professor Andrew McNaughton examines the future of rail at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture, 2014
Rail industry news / 2 October 2014 /
Meeting the demands of a growing population and a necessary railway system requires constant innovation, according to Professor Andrew McNaughton, FREng and Technical Director for HS2…
Rail industry news / 9 April 2014 /
Safety is paramount on the railways and the new north-south high speed rail network will very much build on the industry’s best practice…
Rail industry news / 21 October 2013 /
The contract covers the installation of new overhead line electrification equipment on all lines…
The potential of high-speed rail: CER’s perspective
Thalys: a model of highspeed mobility
HS2: building a connected Britain
Putting into service the Albacete to Alicante high-speed section
Issue 1 2013 / 20 February 2013 /
European Railway Review is committed to keeping our readers informed of current and future rail transport developments throughout Europe. We achieve this via our mix of project and investment coverage, regional and country profiles, technical features and industry news. To help with the continuing success of European Railway Review, we are pleased to reveal our new-look Editorial Board, welcoming some familiar industry faces and respected experts. Our Editorial Board Members have been selected to represent our core subject areas and we plan to regularly utilise their knowledge and expertise within the publication.
Libor Lochman Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
Commenting on joining the publication’s editorial panel, Libor said: “European Railway Review is a well-established technical journal which consistently reports on news about the European rail sector. I am pleased to be part of the Editorial Board and I am looking forward to regularly sharing my expertise with key decision makers from the European railway world.”
Libor took up the post of Executive Director of the CER on 1 January 2012. He graduated from the Transport University in Zilina and has a doctorate in electronics from the West-Bohemian University Plzen. Libor has a strong background in control-command and signalling systems. Prior to his role as CER Deputy Executive Director and Leader of Technical Affairs (2007-2011), Libor acted as Director of the Railway Test Centre, a facility for testing European rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components, in Prague (2000-2005).
Robin Gisby Managing Director, Network Operations, Network Rail
“There is much we can learn, and have already learned, from other infrastructure operators across Europe,” says Robin on confirming his place on the panel. “Sharing experience and expertise is absolutely crucial, which is why I’m delighted to join the Editorial Board of European Railway Review.”
Robin took up the new position of Managing Director, Network Operations in June 2011. Until this appointment, Robin was Director, Operations and Customer Services from May 2004 and was appointed to the Board of Network Rail in October 2008. This followed many successful years in the company, including in its previous incarnation as Railtrack, where he held a variety of roles including Regional Director. Before joining Railtrack, Robin had engineering and operational roles in both the UK and overseas, mainly with GKN plc.
“Britain’s railways are booming, with more and more people and businesses choosing rail each year,” says Robin. “As numbers continue to grow, the challenge to deliver a safe and reliable railway for passenger and freight operators on one of the busiest mixed-use rail networks in Europe grows too. From an operational perspective, these are fascinating times. Our railway is among the oldest in the world, but today we move more trains than ever before on a network half the size that it was 50 years ago. The challenges of growth and the need to demon – strate value for money mean we are more focused than ever before on new technology and new ways of working which allow us to get the most out of Britain’s rail infrastructure.”
Alex Hynes Managing Director – Rail Development, Go-Ahead
On joining the editorial panel, Alex explains: “It’s important that we learn from the experience of other European countries as we seek to sustain customer satisfaction and cost reduction in a changing UK rail market. In particular, drawing from continental experience of providing services to regional authorities will be invaluable as the devolution agenda takes off in the UK. I look forward to contributing to and sharing in the discussion on these and other issues through my membership on European Railway Review’s Editorial Board.”
Progress on High-Speed Two (Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer, High Speed Two Limited)
ÖBB railjet: speed, comfort and design (Silvia Kaupa, Head of Long Distance Passenger Transport, ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG)
Rail industry news / 8 March 2011 /
The University of Southampton announced the appointment of two new Visiting Professors, to strengthen its field of railway track research…
Issue 4 2010 / 4 August 2010 /
In Britain, about once a century for the last few hundred years a new long-distance surface transport system has been planned and built to meet the developing needs of a continually advancing society. The 18th century brought the canals and the 19th the railways, both initially more focussed on transporting freight to support the industrial revolution and the development of our cities. Of course, the 20th century brought the trunk motorway network which transformed personal travel. As we get well into the 21st century, we have been considering what is needed to promote the economic and environmental health of this country for the next 100 years.
Editorial board / 16 December 2009 /
Andrew McNaughton is Chief Engineer of High Speed Two Ltd, and Special Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University. He has been engaged in railway engineering and management since 1973. His first twenty years in British Rail were engaged in maintenance, renewal and upgrade of both main line and rural railways, including leading the introduction of steel sleeper relaying and development of new maintenance techniques.
Isolated rail head defects formed under traffic, detected either by visual inspection or ultrasonic flaw testing, can significantly reduce the service life of rails if not managed correctly. Surface initiated defects account for approximately 50% of all defects removed from Network Rail (NR) Infrastructure. These are predominately made up of squats from rolling contact fatigue and wheelburns caused by the heat introduced to the rail surface by friction between the rail and wheels during acceleration transforming the surface due to localised overheating leading to surface spalling and cracking.
Compare our European railway network today with that of 25 years ago. Safety and punctuality have continued to improve, however, traffic growth has been patchy and costs have risen enormously. Meanwhile there have been revolutionary changes in the communications and transport environment. Mobile phones, internet and e-mail didn’t exist 25 years ago. There were no low cost airlines from a convenient regional airport. Cars used leaded fuel; air bags, ‘sat nav’ and air conditioning were unknown. The world around us is changing much faster than we are!
The strategy for the maintenance and renewal of track on the Great British network has been transformed over recent years. There is now a well embedded pro-active engineering culture of ‘predict and prevent’, rather than a reactive one of ‘find and fix’.