Netherlands Railway is replacing existing polyester coach interior cladding with sheets made of Xantar, an unfilled blend of polycarbonate and ABS which is extruded into sheets and then vacuum-formed in combination with a co-extruded PVDF protective layer.

DSM Engineering Plastics, Netherlands

Coronet Rail’s two-part rail end-post can be used to replace broken or missing end posts without needing to dismantle the insulated block joints. It is now available with an easy-to-use snap-fit design, improved stability to prevent separation under traffic, and a level base which can be used in conjunction with a leaf guard.

Coronet Rail Ltd, UK

Radox Tenuis is a family of easily-stripped halogen-free thin-wall cables which has been developed for use in rolling stock wiring looms, panels and electrical cabinets. It is flexible for use in doors and jumper cables.

Huber+Suhner, UK

CAPTION: Robel Bahnbaumaschinen is supplying 26 type 54.22 crane vehicles to German Railway subsidiaries for track maintenance work. The first nine are now in service, and deliveries will be completed in 2006.

CAPTION: Bilfinger Berger and Balfour Beatty have installed a steel supporting grillage to minimise disruption while a Network Rail bridge in Manchester is rebuilt. Installation of the grillage required a 36 h suspension of services, but once in place it allows trains to run during excavations ready for a concrete box to be pushed into place. The grillage will be removed once the bridge is complete