Grand Central clean sweep

Richard McClean has been appointed managing director of Grand Central. The open access operator, which runs direct services between Sunderland, Hartlepool and London, was taken over by Arriva UK last year. Mr McLean will continue as head of the group’s Tyne...

Children take train wash trip

MTR’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Jay Walder, recently joined a group of local school children from Hong Kong as they rode through the automatic train wash plant at Kowloon Bay Depot on an MTR train. Staff volunteers helped with...

Fenchurch farewell for Trevor

Trevor Capps, who worked for c2c at Fenchurch Street station in London, is retiring after over 48 years in the rail industry. Trevor joined the railway in 1963 at Southend East station. For the majority of his career he has...

Royal Salute for Rail Britannia

HRH Prince Charles braved torrential rain at Wakefield Kirkgate station to rename 70000 Britannia. The locomotive had just hauled the Royal Train on which the prince, a keen supporter of railways, had travelled. Greeting the many local children who had turned...

New team at Greater Anglia

Ruud Haket (above), who led Abellio’s successful bid for the Greater Anglia franchise, heads a new team as managing director. The team includes: • Andrew Goodrum, Customer Services Director • Adam Golton, Finance Director • Thijs Jan Noomen, Projects Director • John Ratcliffe,...
John Keohane, 62, who works for the South Devon Railway as a volunteer director, is relinquishing his role as the Tower of London’s chief yeoman warder. The Beefeater likes nothing better than spending a weekend on the railway and is...
Newcastle United football heroes John Beresford and Joe Allon took the controls of an Intercity 125 simulator at Newcastle Central to publicise further education courses available for rail staff in the city. Says John Beresford, ‘The simulator is very realistic,...
A Pendolino driver has been speaking of how he drove a freight locomotive down a mountain in Peru. Simon Davies was taking part in the BBC documentary, ‘The Toughest Place to be a … Train Driver.’ The BBC approached Aslef...

Railway Children MAD Appeal

There’s still time to join the Railway Children’s Make a Difference day. ‘We’re currently signing up as many people as possible to ensure our forthcoming Make a Difference (MAD) Day is a runaway success. We provide the online fundraising packs...

Subway salute for Anne

The 115th anniversary of the opening of the Glasgow Subway is particularly poignant for 80-year-old passenger, Robert Connor. A regular user of St George’s Cross station it was there Mr Connor met Anne, a subway ticket collector, who he’d later...

Model railway

Eleanor Carling, 16 from Newcastle and Morris Pendlebury, 17 from Skipton have won the East Coast Premier Model Search. Staff from train company East Coast and Premier Model Management, stars of Channel 4’s the Model Agency, conducted an exhaustive search...
Already by mid-January New Year’s Resolutions are fading fast. Maybe you’ve relapsed and belted down a doughnut, a pint or a midnight slab of chocolate. Getting to the gym can prove much more inconvenient than first thought. The good news...

Positive news for 2012

As 2012 arrives and both the Euro crises and the recession continue, our good fortune is to be in an industry that is still spending money and attracting investment. High Speed Two is headline news but Rail Alliance members will...

Olympian role for Andrew

Andrew Williams has been appointed c2c’s new Olympics Project Manager. He will be liaising with Network Rail, Transport for London, ODA, LOCOG and the British Transport Police as c2c prepares for the London Olympics. c2c serves West Ham station, which...

Taylor-Made

Jim Taylor’s new year gets off to a good start with an internal promotion to the board. Jim, the divisional manager of NRL Rail, has been appointed a director with effect from 1st January 2012. He has been with NRL...

Tipping the Scales

Neil Scales is quitting his job as chief executive of Merseytravel and heading for Australia and a new career as ceo of TransLink, the public transport authority in Brisbane, Queensland. Mr Scales has spent 15 years at Merseytravel and takes...
A surprise visit by ScotRail’s engineering director, saw local station adopter, Max Bentley, singled out for praise at Giffnock. At the station to meet staff an impressed Kenny Scott, ScotRail’s Engineering Director, said, ‘Max’s efforts have turned the station into...

TSSA’s Gerry Doherty to retire

Gerry Doherty, general secretary of TSSA is to retire at then end of the year. Doherty, 58, has been leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association for seven years. ‘I think this is the right time to go given all...

Haythornthwaite urges vision

‘I've never been in an industry before where growth felt like such a problem,’ says Rick Haythornthwaite, Network Rail’s chairman. Speaking at the inaugural Bradshaw Address Mr Haythornthwaite urged the 150 rail leaders present to develop a vision which enables...

Railways attract fresh talent

André Blackwood, an engineer, is enjoying a new career in the railway industry. André, 24, from Erdington, is working on the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station. Appointed as a trainee commissioning engineer for the redevelopment Mr Blackwood is pleased to...
Celebrations at top rail supplier, Rowe Hankins, marking 25 years in business, have been tinged with sadness following the death of one of the founding partners, Roger Rowe (77). Roger Rowe trained at Brighton College and saw service with the...
National Express East Anglia Conductor Manager John Bellchamber has presented six new conductors with certificates marking the completion of their training at a graduation ceremony held in Norwich. All six will be based at either Colchester, Ipswich or Norwich. Trainee conductors...

New PR chief for Crossrail

Louise Brooker-Carey has been recruited as Head of External Affairs at Crossrail. The one time comms supremo at Tube Lines rejoins the rail industry from the Chartered Management Institute where she was Director of Policy and Research (Interim). Louise will lead...
Peter Strachan has been appointed by the DfT to a new role overseeing major transport projects. The one time head of Wales and Borders has been working in Australia and is currently CEO of Translink, the transport authority for Brisbane...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work