Keeping railway heritage rolling along

Built in 1903, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway served the communities along the winding valley that joined the mainline at Welshpool. This narrow-gauge railway allowed livestock, coal and timber to be transported easily, as well as providing a passenger...

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Battle Bots get an XYZ boost

For followers of the BBC’s Robot Wars programme, the names Sir Killalot, Shunt, Matilda and Dead Metal will be familiar as the House Robots, whose sole purpose is to lie in wait for the competing bots and take their opportunity to destroy them. These mean weapons are...

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Getting a knight of the rails back up to steam

The workshops of the Llangollen Railway provide maintenance for its own rolling stock as well as supporting other heritage railways around the UK and building brand new steam locomotives to order. Like many such organisations it relies on donations, not only of cash...

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Training the future at Babcock International

Bringing on the next generation of engineers to work across its many customer programmes is a key focus for Babcock International, the highly-skilled engineering company. No more so than in the current Year of Engineering, a UK wide initiative to encourage young...

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Investment differentiates R&M from the rest

R&M Assembly, part of the R&M Electrical Group, has over 20-years’ experience in the assembly, modification and distribution of specialist power distribution and control systems for use in hazardous (explosive) environments, supplying a diverse range of customers...

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Heptron looks to go global with its renewable energy systems

After working for a major engineering company for many years as an electrical engineer, travelling across Europe, Gary Murphy decided in 1994 it was time to settle down and do things for himself and formed Heptron Manufacturing UK Limited. Initially he provided a...

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Hydrafeed – more than meets the eye

Best known for its extensive range of Multifeed barfeed systems for CNC lathes, Milton Keynes-based Hydrafeed is also involved as a sub-contract machinist for the aerospace, special purpose machinery, and tobacco machinery sectors. To meet the machining demands of...

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DJM Engineering – different from the norm

Based in the village of Warkworth, near Banbury, Colin Merry of DJM Engineering describes the family-business as being ‘a bit different’. Founded by his father Dave as an injection mould manufacturer some 25 years ago, the business now sees itself as a problem-solver...

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Rivercircle’s five-axis search ends at XYZ

For over 30 years Peterborough-based Rivercircle has developed its business, becoming a leading designer and manufacturer of special purpose test and assembly machines, and multi-cavity rubber and plastic mould tooling. It prides itself on being able to provide a...

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XYZ ProTURN investment helps to future-proof JAW Engineering

For over 30 years JAW Engineering has supported local industry with low volume sub-contract capacity and emergency breakdown support from its location in Magdale on the outskirts of Huddersfield. Up until now, all its machining had been carried out on manual machines,...

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SiFab gains control with machining capability

The decision to invest in machining capacity by Rugby-based SiFab Engineering Solutions was driven by a desire to be able to control deliveries to customers as well as manufacturing costs. However, with no formal machining training, and limited floorspace, company...

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