What do they do? ATOC

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) is 20 years old this year. Writes Marc Johnson ATOC has been a common link for train operators since the early days of privatisation, but with more and more organisations finding their voice...

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...
Victorian Britain witnessed the creation of a 20,000 route mile national railway network, of which about 10,000 route miles remain today as an operational railway. Closed lines were sold off to the highest bidder with a considerable variety of...
Describing what Route Services does is no easy task. Established in January 2016 to create a central provider of services to Network Rail’s geographical Routes, the specialist division has bases all over the country. It oversees tamping;...
Open the doors, check the platform, close the doors and launch the train. This is the procedure for driving London Underground’s semi-automated S Stock trains. It sounds simple but the rollout of the revolutionary new signalling system which controls...
More than 1,200 hopefuls applied to join the industry’s first train driver apprenticeship scheme launched by Virgin Trains. A cohort of 30 high-calibre candidates were offered interviews following psychometric tests devised by Virgin Trains and the RSSB, with three successful...

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,...
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,...
Photo: BTP.

Becoming a BTP dog handler

Unlike his cartoon namesake, Scooby the British Transport Police (BTP) dog runs towards danger. The English springer spaniel and his handler, Mark Sayer, are one of 13 pairings in the force’s specialist explosive search dog unit that put their...
Archway, Network Rail’s LGBT+ employee network, recently held the third conference in its six-year history. Nigel Wordsworth went along to find out how the network has been engaging with both Network Rail employees and the wider industry
Railway colleagues from all grades gathered at Southwark Cathedral to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting in the Great War. Estimates put the number of rail staff who enlisted to fight at...

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,...
Model rail enthusiasts, engineers and builders have attempted to build the longest model railway in the world. Led by TV presenter and engineer Dick Strawbridge, the team set themselves the challenge of building a 74 mile railway along the Great Glen...
Hundreds of thousands of passengers pass through King’s Cross St Pancras Underground station every day. It was the busiest station on the network last year and can be a stressful place for even the most seasoned traveller. For someone with...
Five new regional managing directors have been appointed at Network Rail as it continues its reorganisation under chief executive Andrew Haines.  John Halsall.Mark Langman.Rob McIntosh. John Halsall, Mark Langman and Rob...

Embedding safety into 4LM

Managing risk on a project isn’t just about being the safety police, says Sarah; it is much more important to support and encourage safe practice. On something like the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project, probably one of the largest and...
Working at height is a common scenario on worksites. It can include anything from using a ladder to working on a flat roof.  Anywhere where there’s the possibility of falling through a fragile surface or stumbling into a hole...
Mark Hopwood, Great Western Railway’s managing director, took to LinkedIn to deliver a cautionary new year message after the cab of one of the operator’s HSTs was struck by a tree. On New Year’s Eve, the 18:57 Paddington to Plymouth service was...
Stewart Thorpe outlines why rail needs to draw on new pools of talent In a quiet side street office in the heart of Westminster, a team of data analysts...
Jean Cockerill, people director at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), on building an inclusive workplace where diverse talents can thrive I’m relatively new to rail – I started in the industry...
One summer’s evening amidst the confused crowds and staccato announcements at Euston a man in PPE strode across the concourse. Writes Andy Milne On his back was stencilled the word Chaplain. Wires down at Camden Road had all but paralysed...

Understanding arc flash

The surface temperature of the sun is around 5,500 degrees Celsius - a little cooler than the centre of the earth. It’s hard to imagine that there is something almost four times hotter which electricians and electrical engineers could...

Women in rail freight

Railways have been used to transport vital goods since the early 19th century and, with an increasing focus on reducing the UK’s environmental impact, it looks as though the nation’s dependence on rail will continue for decades...
Records have shown that rail workers have equipped themselves with personal protective equipment (PPE) since the 19th century. As industry safety practices have been developed, so has the look and quality of protective clothing. In a booklet titled ‘The Safety...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work