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RailStaff Awards: Talent in technology

The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure, which is often costly and disruptive to install.  With more than 30...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready to reveal the theme of the 2019 RailStaff Awards. Continuing from 2018,...

RailStaff Awards: Lifesavers

Of the 20 trophies presented at the RailStaff Awards there is one that is more emotionally charged than all the others. The Lifesaver Award is a category that is inundated with stories of rail...

RailStaff Awards: Celebrating extraordinary people

On May 18, hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) last High Speed Train (HST) in regular passenger service. Rail enthusiasts lined the route to...

RailStaff Awards: Introducing your host…

Showman Richard Salkeld shone so brightly at the 2018 RailStaff Awards that organisers have signed him up to return for this year’s ceremony. Not only did his sequin jackets add a touch of glitz...

Humble beginnings

All companies have to start somewhere. For City Surveys – one of Network Rail’s trusted principal contractors, a multi-million pound turnover business – it began with a second-hand printer and a small loan to buy a single survey instrument. From just one employee in 2003, the company now employs 60 people out of three offices […]

Etihad Rail set to begin commercial services

Etihad Rail has said it hopes to start commercial services "shortly" on Stage One of the network. The line's operator, ERDB, has transported two million tonnes of sulphur over the past 12 months during trial services on the 264-kilometre route,...

Test train running on new Chiltern London line

Driver training has begun on the first new rail line to connect London and another major British city for over 100 years. The new Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone link - part of the wider East West Rail scheme -...

Stuttering coal at centre of rail freight decline

Figures released by rail regulator the ORR have shown a significant fall in the amount of freight moved in the UK in 2015. Between April and June, the volume of freight moved by rail fell by 17.7 per cent from...

Virgin salutes Depot Teams

2013 looks like being a busy and successful year for Virgin Trains, which is backing this year’s Depot Team of the Year at the RailStaff Awards. Says Tom O’Connor of the Rail Media Group, ‘We are delighted to welcome Virgin Trains back to the RailStaff Awards. Virgin is running more trains than ever and is [...]

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