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Construction of the London Overground extension to Barking Riverside on the northern bank of the River Thames will begin in the next few months following the appointment of the main contractor. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure...
A 69-year-old man who is believed to be one of Britain’s longest-serving train drivers was given a special send-off by colleagues at Brighton station on November 21. Charlie Arnold was touched when his Southern...
Not so long ago, in an enchanted land not so far away, a journey into a magical kingdom led to a fairytale ending for 12 men, three women and five teams. The collective band of apprentices, engineers and train staff...
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...
Greater Anglia's new Aventra is a train built with capacity in mind. Bombardier is manufacturing four variations of the electric multiple unit (EMU) platform for four different customers but, according to project director Alan Fravolini, the Class 720 is...
GTR and The Prince's Trust have helped 182 youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds gain work experience through their 'Get into Railway' programme. As the partnership celebrates its fifth anniversary, Stewart Thorpe discovers its impact on some of those...

Priv Travel contact changes

Retired railway staff wanting to check priv travel facilities can call Rail Staff Travel on 0800 652 1700, a dedicated free phone number. Based in London, the Rail Staff Travel team is on hand five days a week to answer...
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...
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...
Network Rail has revealed which bridge has been bashed by lorries more than any other - and it's been hit 113 times since 2009. Stuntney Road bridge in Ely, Cambridgeshire, claims the unfortunate title for having the most bridge strikes...

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 street artist has produced a major piece of art in memory of the London Bridge terror attacks. James Cochran, also known as Jimmy C, has previously created works of art paying tribute to David Bowie and William Shakespeare and...

Pan up for Voyagers

The DfT is to look in more detail at a scheme to convert the Bombardier built CrossCountry Voyager fleet to hybrid operation, by inserting a pantograph-carrying carriage. The e-Voyager project would provide more work for Bombardier’s Derby workforce. Transport Minister, Justine...
The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press,...

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...
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;...
When the second phase of Battersea Power Station was completed in the 1950s - giving the building its iconic four chimneys - the site around it on the south bank of the Thames was part of the capital’s industrial heartland. The...
Rehabilitating offenders into society is a crucial part of the UK’s justice system. Without the opportunity to put spent criminal offences behind them, a convicted person may not reintegrate and could in fact reoffend. Employment is one of the most...
Train travel is considerably greener than most modes of transport. Of the 126 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the sector in 2017, railways were responsible for two million tonnes. Cars accounted for around 70...

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...
‘It’s certainly been a challenge,’ said Andy Mellors, the new managing director of South Western Railway (SWR), standing in Waterloo’s old international terminal in front of the first Class 444 to bear the new livery. FirstGroup and MTR took over the...
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...
Rail staff and contractors have been helping create a wildflower meadow at Walthamstow Wetlands. Network Rail and its main contractor, Murphy, are electrifying the railway between Gospel Oak and Barking ahead of the introduction of four-car electric trains from 2018....

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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

West Coast appointments

Christmas work