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,...
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...
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,...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work