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Metrolink duo Caroline Haynes and Steve Shaw recorded the best finish for a British team at this year's contest. They tell Stewart Thorpe what it was like taking part in this bizarre competition

Tomorrow’s trains

The fruits of a booming uk rolling stock market were on show at Railtex as suppliers and major manufacturers promoted innovative new products and services Although Bombardier and CAF were missing from the line-up,...
Former and present-day chairs reflect on the organisation’s success as it celebrates a milestone year  2019 marks the tenth anniversary of four young leaders coming together to start a new...
The rail industry has announced the "Million Hour Challenge", which aims to encourage staff to donate their time, energy and skills to help the Samaritans support people in emotional crisis. First revealed by...

Nowhere to hide

Chief inspector Peter Kooper talks to Stewart Thorpe about BTP's new approach to counter terrorism The terror attacks of 2017 reminded us all that terrorism can take place anywhere, at any...
The room falls silent. Bums occupy the edges of seats while the audience’s gaze locks onto the presenter’s lips as he prises open the envelope and announces: “And the winner is…” Suddenly, a roar...
A retired train driver has described the introduction of Great Northern's new Class 717 trains as Rolls-Royces replacing Mini Metro cars. Ian Twells (Left), 74, rode in the cab of one of the new...

Execs depart Orange Army

Francis Paonessa, the managing director of Infrastructure Projects (IP), and Alison Rumsey, group human resources director, are both set to leave Network Rail. Francis joined IP from Bombardier in 2014 and will leave Network...
Speaking at the YRP Annual Dinner, Polly Payne, rail group director general at the Department for Transport, delves into the industry's diversity problem Before joining the rail group, I had...
Passenger, worker and community safety is paramount to the operation of the country’s railways. Such is the close relationship between the two that Mark Carne often said that safety goes “hand in hand” with performance.
With weeks to go until it was set to expire, the Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach's operation of the East Midlands franchise. The new contract begins on March 3 and extends the transport...

New chief at Kier

Andrew Davies, construction group Wates' former chief executive, has been appointed as the new CEO of Kier. He will take up the post from April 15. Andrew had been...
Tuesday, March 5 is a day postmaster Kevin Beechey is unlikely ever to forget.  What began as a normal morning for the Network Rail worker started to turn into anything but when he spotted...
After 16 months of toil, the fate of the planned European rail giant Siemens Alstom was revealed on February 6. Unresolved concerns surrounding its impact on competition and the price of signalling and very...
How the organisation developing the UK's new high-speed rail network is changing the industry's diversity and inclusion practices Mark Lomas joined HS2 as its head of equality, diversity and inclusion...

Chaplains call for help

In times of need they are there without hesitation, offering a listening ear and confidential support. But now, in its time of difficulty, the Railway Mission is in need of help itself. From remote...

Fast Trackers II

Network Rail and Mott MacDonald's engineering outreach programme was even bigger and better on its 2019 return A looming skills gap in rail engineering continues to hang over the industry's head,...
BTP officer Leon McLeod is running his first marathon to raise money for servicemen and women who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On April 28, PC McLeod will be among the thousands...
Stewart Thorpe tests out two of the latest virtual reality training tools With a whistle pressed against my lips, I take one final look along the platform to check for any...
Stewart Thorpe finds out why so many service leavers turn to and succeed in the industry Come February 2020, Major Doug Hallam is set to call time on more than 35 years’ service in...
https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-march-19
Topics included the effectiveness of mental health first aid, establishing credible benchmarks and rail’s occupational health struggle RSSB’s chief operating officer Johnny Schute began proceedings at its Annual Health and Wellbeing Conference in January....
Shirts, dresses and ties that were once used by rail staff in the West Midlands are finding a new lease of life as carpets, cushions and car seat stuffing. After completing the lengthy...
Plans are in place for one final steam train to travel through the central section of the London Underground.  Details are currently limited, but the steam train will travel on the District line as...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-december-19

West Coast appointments

Christmas work