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Shock as Barbie grabs Thomas

American toy maker, Mattel, has bought Thomas the Tank engine’s parent company, HIT Entertainment. Mattel which makes Barbie dolls is delighted with the acquisition which...

Network Rail and Samaritans team up to help reduce suicides on rail network

Every year over 200 people take their own lives on Britain’s railways. Railway suicide affects drivers and staff including station staff, track workers and police...

Gurkhas help patrol rail cable theft hot spots

Squads of Gurkhas are helping patrol cable theft hot spots on the railway in the north east. The ex-serviceman are part of an industry wide...

Giant cake maps Underground

To mark National Baking Week, a massive cake measuring 2 metres by 2 metres was on display at St Pancras International recently. The huge cake...

Railfest 2012 celebration in York

The National Railway Museum in York is planning a nine day celebration of Britain's railways next year. The festival will bring together over 30 record-breaking...

Leicester station to be ‘lighter and brighter’

Leicester is getting a freshen up and a lighter, brighter entrance to the station. Listed building consent was recently received to complete the works inside...

Back Yard bonus for Infrarail

The Yard, an exhibition display area dedicated to plant and machinery used for rail construction and maintenance, will be a major new feature at...

Kidwelly Scouts in landscape triumph

The 1st Kidwelly Scouts have been hard at work landscaping the town’s railway station. Their efforts have been officially unveiled by the Mayor of Kidwelly,...

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...

Order of the Oyster

Harry Potter may have travelled on the Hogwarts Express but star, Daniel Radcliffe says he can no longer use the London Underground. Daniel admires the...

Quattro: Leading the way in operator comfort

Following the introduction of the new Rail Industry Standard for Engineering Acceptance of On-Track Plant and Associated Equipment (RIS-1530-PLT issue 3), the Quattro Group...

A new safety policy statement from Network Rail’s Chief Executive

Written by Colin Wheeler for RailStaff On visiting Network Rail’s Safety Central website I was delighted to find a new, simple, intelligible but focused and...

An Asset to the Cause

Accountants tend to sniff at plant and equipment, placing it in a different column and shaking their heads as they work out asset depreciation. However...

Virgin Trains pays Government £110m

Virgin Trains has paid the Government £110 million this year - in stark contrast to last year’s figure when the train operator received a...

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...

Glasgow base for Balfour Beatty Rail

Balfour Beatty Rail has opened a new base in Shettleston, Glasgow and celebrated with an Open Day showcasing new plant and equipment. Determined to build...

Network Rail pushes ahead with project reform plans

Network Rail is pushing ahead with plans to reform project delivery which will save money across the industry. Projects will be delivered more quickly as...

Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane staff praised

Hard working staff at Bombardier's Derby factory have triumphed yet again with the delivery, ahead of schedule, of 379002 and 379030 to Ilford depot. All...