Andy Cooper, the managing director of CrossCountry, retired from his post on June 1.  Andy has enjoyed a long career in the rail industry. As well as running CrossCountry for the last 12 years,...
High-speed train driver Toby Trice swapped rail track for the race track on May 18 as he made his motorsport debut in a Ginetta G40 sports car. Toby, who joined Southeastern five years ago...
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...
When Lee Woolcott-Ellis was recognised at the 2018 RailStaff Awards, it launched a roller coaster ride that he’s yet to get off.  The Rail Person of the Year was awarded one of the night’s...
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...
Following the announcement that the charity’s colossus fundraiser will return, Adam O’Connor, RailStaff production director, recalls his unforgettable experience from 2010 Think back to 2009 and you might remember watching...
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...
A new report from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has evaluated the benefits of the community rail movement to individuals, local areas and society. Across the country, an army of 8,500 volunteers...
Historian Dr Mike Esbester touches on illiteracy and the sad death of two track workers from 1914 Today we might take the ability to read and write for granted –...
‘High speed rail’ could be dropped from the National College for High Speed Rail’s name as it seeks to extend its reach. Instead, the engineering institution could be called the National College for Advanced...

An emotional goodbye

LNER staff marked the end of an era on March 20 when train manager Osman Khatri, 69, bowed out after 43 years on the railway. Osman and his brother arrived in England from the...
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...

East Midlands Railway

Transport officials have chosen Abellio to run the next East Midlands franchise.  Beginning on August 18 under the name ‘East Midlands Railway’, the new operator will invest £600 million in improving stations and trains...
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...

A league of their own

Four amateur football teams are battling it out for the inaugural GTR Railway Football League title. Brighton Train Crews and South Western Railway Train Crews kickstarted the season with an entertaining 6-6 thriller at...
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...
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...

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...
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...
Although some routes will experience significant disruption, Network Rail said its Easter engineering work is "the quietest for many years" and will leave the majority of the country unaffected. Over the Easter weekend a...
https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-march-19

The Train Drivers Academy

In the months up until 2021, around 7,000 new vehicles are set to be introduced by train companies across the country. Drivers will swap some of the oldest rolling stock on the network for some of the...
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.

Farewell to David Waboso

Industry colleague Clive Kessell looks back at the career of the talented project engineer The impending retirement of David Waboso, who currently heads up the Digital Railway team in Network Rail,...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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

West Coast appointments

Christmas work