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National Railway Museum announces reopening dates

The National Railway Museum is reopening after 119 days of lockdown. Locomotion in Shildon, County Durham, will reopen on Tuesday 28 July and the main National Railway Museum site...

Shapps appoints three non-executive directors to the HS2 board

As HS2 enters its construction phase and increases its activity and scale along the route and across the business, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced the appointment of three non-executive directors to...

Carrington West strengthens specialist rail team

Technical recruiter Carrington West has appointed director Nick Rowe to be the head of its rail team and brought in three new consultants in the last three months as the company expands...

What makes RailStaff Awards unique?

Every year, the railstaff awards attracts more entries, more interest and more companies than ever before, even though it's not a corporate event. why? The rail industry, like almost...

New mural in Vauxhall harks back to a time of pleasure gardens and balloons

A new mural on a railway bridge at the corner of New Spring Gardens Walk in Vauxhall pays homage to a balloon record that stood between 1836-1914. Charles Green, a professional balloonist...

Rail Team of the Year

One of the most loosely defined categories at the RailStaff Awards, Rail Team of the Year gives nominators broad scope. A team can be any number between two and infinity, and there...

Rail Person of the Year

Although not intended to be the ‘Champion of Champions’ award, it is historically the last award of the evening and is often seen that way. The award encourages and...

HR, Diversity and Inclusion

One of the longer titles for a category in this year’s RailStaff Awards - the HR, Diversity & Inclusion Person or Team Award - is also actually one of the most topical.

Station Staff

The men and women who staff the 2,500 railway stations around the country have a lot to cope with. They have to keep those stations safe for passengers, make...

Samaritans Lifesaver

While the nominees in all of the RailStaff Awards categories can be called ‘heroes’ for the work that they do, those who win the Samaritans Lifesaver Award have every justification to be...

Learning and Development

Learning and development can take many forms on today’s railway. For a start, all new employees need training, not only to do their jobs but on the safety aspects of what they...

Murder victim and timber ‘henge’ discovered in Buckinghamshire by HS2 archaeologists

A skeleton, believed to be a murder victim from the Iron Age, has been discovered by archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire. Archaeologists discovered a skeleton of...

Total Rail Solutions gets a new home

Total Rail Solutions, the rail specialist plant hire company, has completed its move from Basingstoke to Greenham Business Park, Thatcham, near Newbury. Managing director Paul Bateman said: “The re-location...

Powering excellence

Stephen Royle. A new company, Breserv, is setting out to be the ‘Go to Company’ for all electrical installation work on the railway while having the objective of...

The lockdown eases, replaced by confusion

As the lockdown starts to ease, it brings with it a degree of uncertainty and worry. Two months ago, the message from government and health advisers was clear. Don’t...

Professor Felix Schmid steps down

Felix Schmid has retired from his post as Professor of Railway Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham after 15 years. He moved to Birmingham in 2005 from the...

Will the railway be reclassified?

Should the railways remain in the private sector? Or are they, effectively, already nationalised after the government’s emergency measures taken as part of its response to Covid-19? Now the...

The one that got away

This year’s Railsport National Angling Championships, due to take place on 12 August 2020 at Makins Fisheries, has been cancelled as a result of COVID-19. Organisers delayed making the...

Improved freight train scheduling

A consortium made up of Sheffield-based railway technology company 3Squared and operators Rail Operations Group and Freightliner has won government funding to develop an innovative solution to help rail freight plan short...

Class investigation into signalling operation

RAIB has investigated the effects on human performance in signalling operation following "numerous incidents in which signaller decision-making has been pivotal" The work of signallers, hidden away in signal...

Michael Peter is now Siemens Mobility’s sole CEO

Michael Peter will become Siemens Mobility’s sole CEO as Sabrina Soussan, who has been his co-CEO until now, is leaving the company to take on a new challenge. Roland...

Another trackworker death what more can be done?

Another railway worker - a controller of site safety - has been struck by a train and killed. What more do we need to do? With a track worker...

A rich and rugged canvas

Health workers from st thomas' hospital no longer have to walk past drab brickwork as they walk under the railway on their way to and from work Artist Lionel...

New chair for NSAR

NSAR – the Nasional Skills Academy for Rail – has announced the appointment of Dyan Crowther, chief executive of HS1, as the new chair of NSAR.  Dyan’s senior industry experience, together with...