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 relevant Safety Policy Statement. I would encourage everyone who works in the industry to look at...

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 heavy machinery, tools and equipment are better valued with hearty appreciation. Any business functions to create...
Virgin Trains has paid the Government £110 million this year - in stark contrast to last year’s figure when the train operator received a subsidy of £40 million. The change of fortune comes after years of disruption on the West...

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...
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 close links with the community in Shettleston Balfour Beatty Rail is making a donation to...
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 successful suppliers will be on standby - ready to go - rather than having to...
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 30 Electrostars for National Express East Anglia have now been delivered. In total 120 class...

Bridgeway on a Mission

A new media system at Bridgeway Consulting is helping improve safety on the railway. The Mission Room is a unique and revolutionary media delivery system providing full 360° images, video and sound in a fully interactive and dynamic environment. It can...

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...
Newcastle Central doubled as an audition venue recently as a model agency from London scoured passers by for fashion’s next face. Premier Model Management were searching for men and women to feature in ad campaigns. Paul Emberley, communications director at East...
Aspiring young footballers from Swansea have been emulating their promotion-winning heroes, Swansea City. Pentrehafod School was crowned No Messin’ Railway Safety Cup 2011 champions after a five-a-side tournament, organised by British Transport Police (BTP), Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales,...
The 14th July may mark the anniversary of the French Revolution, however further north it marks the less traumatic revolution on the Settle and Carlisle railway. 14th July 2011 was the 25th anniversary of the reopening of eight stations on...
Police and railway staff on the London Underground have warned passengers against walking from one carriage to another through the internal doors at the ends of carriages. A man was recently decapitated when he fell on the tracks from where...

Second Spring for Mull Rail

The Isle of Mull railway is to be crated up and exported to Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond. It’s the ‘high road’ and ‘yon bonnie braes’ for the narrow gauge railway which ran from the ferry terminal at...
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...
The latest extension to Dublin’s light rail system, LUAS, has opened. The new line runs from the existing Red Line stop at Belgard to the CityWest Campus and Saggart. This is the third extension to the Irish capital’s successful LUAS system. The...
Presenting the prizes at this year’s RailStaff Awards is Colin Flack, chief executive of the Rail Alliance. The one time army colonel now heads one of the fastest growing industrial organisations in Britain as well as running his own modest,...
Vital Rail has won a major contract with TfL-owned Tube Lines Limited for the provision of labour to support track maintenance and upgrade works. The contract involves the provision of skilled track staff required to carry out the maintenance and...
Stobart Rail has gained valuable experience after completing a sensitive refurbishment of Foxfield Viaduct on the Carnforth - Whitehaven line. The railway crosses the Duddon Estuary using the five-span viaduct. Detailed examinations found the present construction to be in a...
Atkins, with partners, Cowi, has been asked by Rail Net Denmark to help with detailed design of the £160 million project to double-track Denmark’s Northwest Railway. The contract includes the renovation of four stations. This will give extra capacity as...
Rail supporters in the north of Scotland are helping whisky distilleries put more of the water of life on the metals. 77 of Scotland’s 99 malt whisky distilleries are located in the highlands and much of the traffic is moved...
Using foreign made trams presents unique challenges to drivers and passengers in Manchester. When the back door of a tram in Manchester stuck open, the driver urged all passengers to congregate on one side of the vehicle. Moving weight away from...

GWR supporters rally round

Supporters of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway, part of which was lost in a dramatic landslip earlier this year, have been rallying round to help raise funds. Train excursion company, Pathfinder Tours, based in Woodchester Stroud, presented £2,500 to...

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...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work