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A picture by Graham Hobbs of the 08:30 service from Hamworthy speeding through Holes Bay at Poole, Dorset (above), has won the Network Rail...

Green Light for new Oxford – Marylebone Route

A new rail route between Oxford and London Marylebone via Bicester has finally been given the go ahead. The Secretary of State for Transport under...

Bond Street back drop for Skyfall

Nothing identifies a London scene like an Underground station and the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, makes full use of the capital’s 150 year...

Steam Returns to London Underground

Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the London Underground and steam trips are planned to celebrate the anniversary. The first journey took place between...

URS backs McNulty’s Value for Money Strategy

‘The rail industry has the opportunity for substantial further growth, building on the successes of the past fifteen years,’ said Sir Roy McNulty at...

Westward Ho! – Andy Milne talks to Vernon Barker, managing director of FirstGroup’s Rail Division

FirstGroup’s Rail Division is run from Macmillan House on Paddington Station but also has a quiet set of offices across the road on Eastbourne...

High noon at Marsham Street

Few will have observed Richard Brown slipping through a grey and windy Whitehall to begin his enquiry into the shortcomings of franchise re-letting. No triumphant...

What is the Rail Accident Investigation Branch?

Continuing our series looking at people and organisations in the rail industry, RailStaff asks the question: What do they do? So far, this series has...

Rail Vehicle Enhancements 2012

All train operators strive to improve their passenger experience. Comfortable and happy passengers are likely to travel again, and it is a major way...

Gold Standard for Games Trains

Railways have been praised for rising to the challenge of delivering 1000s of sports people and spectators to and from the 2012 Olympics in...

Training for the future

With the Government committing to invest £9 billion in our railways over the next decade, this has arguably become the largest investment in the...

War in the West

Most rail chiefs will tell you the most important people in a railway company are the staff. A company like Virgin Trains or First...

Rail safety: Someone is listening at last!!

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its report on the track maintenance trolley that ran away at around 3 am on September...

Network Rail sees rise in satisfied suppliers

It takes a confident company to approach all its major suppliers and ask their opinions on the relationship between them. It also takes a...

High speed to Florence

The much-vaunted high-speed service between Milan and Naples in Italy got underway on April 28. Launched by independent operator NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori), the initial...

HS2 will build on Olympic success

Andy Milne spells out four reasons why the rail industry and Britain needs High Speed Two. As the surge of national optimism reached its crescendo...

Cost benefit bonus for IEP

The new fleet of IEP trains to be built at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham will provide better value for money than an equivalent...

Track Staff battle June Monsoon

Despite torrential rain in the north on 28th June closing both the main lines and the Newcastle– Carlisle line, track staff working flat out...