Next month will mark two years since I stepped through the doors of hall three at the NEC for my first Railtex. In fact, it wasn’t just my first taste of the UK’s biggest rail event, it...
Events of 2018 have proven to be the final straw for Network Rail in its current shape. After seven years of consecutive bad performance, with poor punctuality, timetabling chaos and strike action causing...
Whether you’re one for resolutions or not, you can’t deny there’s a renewed sense of optimism that comes when you emerge from the Christmas slumber and step - suitably refreshed - into the new year. That’s if you weren’t one...
Interviewing winners at the RailStaff Awards is my profession's equivalent of speed dating. Time is precious, you cut out the small talk and dive straight into the serious questions (How old are you? What motivates you? Where do you...
Issue 252 is my last as a member of the RailStaff editorial team. After six years and 70 or so issues, I’m saying goodbye to this fantastic title and it’s set me thinking about what I hope to leave...
Earlier this month, a full timetable of passenger services operated through Derby for the first time in two and a half months. The mammoth £200 million upgrade around Derby station had been completed, as project managers like to say,...
Our August issue comes out almost to the day that Andrew Haines OBE will take over as chief executive of Network Rail. Speaking to Mark Carne for this month’s issue, he said he was confident that the positive culture...
There’s been little opportunity to bask in the perpetual sunshine for Network Rail’s extreme weather action teams, who have been deployed across the network to keep passengers moving during the heatwave. Photos have been emerging of sections of distorted track...
The Rail Partnership Awards this month was a celebration of what the industry can achieve when it works together, said Mark Carne, delivering his swansong as Network Rail CEO. In September, he will step down and Andrew Haines, CEO...
After spending a considerable amount of time calculating gender pay gap figures for this month’s issue, I had a sudden realisation: there’s a reason I’m a writer and not a mathematician. My own academic hang-ups aside, it was a worthwhile...
When it comes to advertising railway careers and the opportunities they offer, it’s helpful to have supportive voices fighting for the cause. With a daunting skills deficit on the horizon, the railway needs a grassroots movement from its staff,...
Train drivers are made of stern stuff in South Wales. The sight of 30 centimetres of snow would have left most of us reaching for a mug of tea and our slippers but so determined was Arriva Trains Wales...
When we chose to focus on health and wellbeing for the February issue, it gave us the opportunity to address a topic that has a profound impact both on the individuals that work within the industry and the companies...
We all have our own Christmas rituals. They often include a healthy helping of gravy and a second serving of some sort of rich festive pudding. For those planning and delivering the £260 million worth of Christmas works the...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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