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...
Asquith Xavier is not a name I had heard of until recently, but it should be. Originally from the West Indies, Asquith was one of thousands of people who migrated from the Caribbean to...

RailStaff July: Tragedy

Sadly, shortly before this issue went to print, the industry was hit with the news that two railway workers were killed by a passenger train at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales. BTP named them as...
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...
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...
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,...
Going from one year into the next often feels like the beginning of a new chapter. Only, for 2020, there are significant new chapters in several stories. On December 8, the 21:42 direct service...
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...
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...
After we tied the knot last month, Eurostar shuttled me and the new Mrs Thorpe into the heart of the French capital.  A short four-day trip was filled with cheese tastings and time spent...
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,...
Some months it’s difficult to know what to write in this editor’s column. The story of the railway is one that always has its twists and turns but, since taking over as editor last November, there hasn't...
When I was first asked to be one of the guest editors for this special issue focused on gender diversity, I jumped at the chance. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has been close to my heart for...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work