THE first formation flying engineering trains in the world have been deployed successfully by Network Rail, and it is hoped that the technique will save the company at least £250,000 a week in compensation payments. Until now, major maintenance schemes had resulted in a legacy of speed restrictions after a possession was over, because new track needed time to bed in. The restrictions triggered payments to operators under delay attribution rules and could also delay passengers. The pioneering technique was tried out on the East Coast Main Line in Bedfordshire this month, when switches and crossings were being replaced. [From Richard Buckby]
THE first ‘formation flying’ engineering trains in the world have been deployed successfully by Network Rail, and it is hoped that the tec...