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A family affair

Teams that form a strong bond often refer to themselves as a family. Hitachi’s Ashford train maintenance crew – the winners of the Depot Team of the Year category at last year’s RailStaff Awards – would agree. Sometimes the term is completely accurate. It used to be common to follow members of your family on […]
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Communicating success

Communications, both the wired sort and the spoken word, are at the heart of the rail industry. Signallers need to communicate with drivers, staff with passengers and designers with engineers. When any one of these falls down, the consequences can be costly. Founded in Sweden in 1975, Westermo has been manufacturing industrial communications systems for over […]
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Grasp your opportunity

It will be someone who grasps the opportunities put in front of them that will win the RailStaff Awards 2016 Graduate of the Year category, says Steve Pears, telent’s managing director, rail. This year will be the second time telent, which itself has a popular graduate scheme, has sponsored the category. It’s an area in […]
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New blood

The RailStaff Awards sells itself on variety. One moment a long- serving employee can be receiving a lifetime achievement award for their rich, sometimes transformative, body of work; minutes later an apprentice who has spent less than a year in the industry can be standing on the same stage. This year, the Apprentice of the […]
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Building a stronger workforce for the future

People often refer back to inspirational teachers from their formative years when asked why they pursued a particular career path. Even for those who may have felt let down by their school education, there will be a trainer or mentor somewhere along the line who they owe some portion of their success too. The demand […]
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Alstom – powered by hydrogen

The major integrated manufacturers were all at InnoTrans, all showing something new and promising more to come. Alstom revealed its new iLint train, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Two have been built, and should be in passenger service in northern Germany by the turn of the year. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom, commented: “This […]
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Mechan jacks up Innotrans presence

jacks-pkppolandRail depot equipment specialist Mechan will be turning the spotlight on its flagship lifting jacks at this year’s InnoTrans exhibition. For the first time, visitors will be able to see[...]
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Three Peaks triumph

Three Peaks 2016This year’s Three Peaks Challenge by Rail raised close to £165,000 for Railway Children, bringing the total raised for the charity to £2.4 million. Three Peaks by Rail was launched in 2004. A team from the Department for Transport achieved the fastest time this year, completing the combined 11,200 feet of climbing in just 13 hours […]
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GE site celebrates 1,000th locomotive built

3I7K6471GE Manufacturing Solutions, a subsidiary of GE, has celebrated the completion of the 1,000th locomotives to be built at its factory in Fort Worth. Fort Worth, which has a footprint[...]
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Relaxing at Rail Live 2016

DSC_9466Can a massive outdoor rail plant and equipment show be a relaxed affair? Maybe not for the exhibitors. They had all the joys of setting up and making sure that all their kit arrived in time – and that it worked. But this year at Rail Live, for the visiting punters at least, yes it could […]
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Relaxing at Rail Live 2016

DSC_9466Can a massive outdoor rail plant and equipment show be a relaxed affair? Maybe not for the exhibitors. They had all the joys of setting up and making sure that all their kit arrived in time – and that it worked. But this year at Rail Live, for the visiting punters at least, yes it could […]
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