Enabling works for Britain's new high speed line have continued to pick up pace with HS2 revealing it now supports 9,000 jobs.  The previous update, released in September, revealed that HS2 was supporting 7,000...
Gatwick Express celebrated its 35th birthday on May 14.  On the day, customers were treated to limited edition tote bags, free cupcakes and entertainment from an onboard magician. Staff have...
https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-may-19
Aggregate Industries and Hanson, two of the UK’s largest producers of aggregates, awarded a long-term, bulk rail-haulage contract to Freightliner through their Mendip Rail joint venture in December. Beginning in November this year, Freightliner...
Of the group of current supporters, only charities the Samaritans and the Transport Benevolent Fund have backed the RailStaff Awards for longer than industrial communications specialists Westermo.  A partnership that began in 2013 with...
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...

Get to worx!

The time is almost here for the launch of the rail civils and systems show Railworx Live demonstrations, working machinery and innovation will all be on display at Railworx, which takes place at the...
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...
After we tied the knot last month, Eurostar shuttled me and the new Mrs Thorpe into the heart of the French capital.  A short four-day trip was filled with cheese tastings and time spent...
The Settle to Carlisle railway is a well-known tourist attraction as well as a transport route. It traverses some areas of outstanding beauty, one of which is Swaledale, lying on the North Yorkshire / Cumbria border.

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...
Stewart Thorpe shines the spotlight on five innovative new safety products for the rail industry which could become commonplace in the workplace Brightboot - Hi-vis...

Warming up for Railtex

Whether you’re a visitor or an exhibitor, if you’re in the middle of planning your strategy for the UK’s premier rail exhibition, you’re in good company. If 2017 is anything to go by, almost...

Co-operation over criticism

Mandy Geal, founder of culture change specialist Learning Partners, calls on the industry to drive out the blame games Have you ever been blamed for something at work that you...
Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the new line-up of rail industry heroes was crowned at the 2018 RailStaff Awards for the difference they make to customers, colleagues, communities and the collective...

Real people, real stories

Samaritans’ Nikki Mugford writes about its new mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign As part of its ongoing work to prevent suicides on the railway, Samaritans, supported by National...

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...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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

West Coast appointments

Christmas work