Andy-Milne

German break for Tornado

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has sent the Tornado’s boiler back to its manufacturer, DB Meiningen, in Germany for repairs. The firebox needs more extensive repairs than originally anticipated when winter maintenance was planned. The locomotive has been in intensive...

Top team changeover at FirstGroup

Mary Grant, managing director of the rail division at FirstGroup, is stepping down and leaving the company. Giles Fearnley, erstwhile chairman of Grand Central and ATOC and founder of Prism Rail, is joining FirstGroup as managing director of the UK...

Quick thinking rail staff praised

Quick thinking rail staff have been praised for routing a passenger train through sidings at Grove Park after a signal failure on the main line between London Canon Street and Orpington halted services. Bemused commuters were told to close windows...

Rail hamster rescued

A runaway hamster has been saved from almost certain death by big hearted staff at Branksome Park station in Dorset. Hammy, as he has been nicknamed, was found on the station without a ticket or any other identification. He has...

Staff memorial for John

Staff and friends at Lincoln station have redecorated and named a bench in honour of station manager, the late John Palin. Starting his career as clerical officer at the Boston area manager’s office in 1960 John Palin served 48 years....

Turkish delight at Shildon

An LMS Stanier Class 8F 2-8-0 No. 45170, recently arrived from Turkey, completes a three-strong steam engine line up at Shildon national railway museum. No. 45170 was one of a fleet of Stanier 8Fs that saw service on Turkish railways...

Signal success for volunteer

Jim Tyers, a volunteer at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has won an award from the Institute of Railway Signalling Engineers. Involved with the heritage steam railway since he was 14 Jim Tyers now 27 works as a signalman on the...

Winter winner for Invensys

Ahead of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Norway next month Invensys Rail has been testing out new interlocking systems on the Oslo Metro. The King of Norway formally opened the remodelled Holmenkollen station, with the company’s WESTRACE system which...

The tamper operator who was struck by a 100mph passenger train and survived

As you read this David Higgins will be coming to grips with his new job as Chief Executive of Network Rail, and I feel sure that he will be putting safety very high on his agenda. If he and...

Northern Rail’s Arctic Husky Challenge

Maggie Whitaker and Emma Hind, who both work for Northern Rail, are training hard for the 250 kilometre Arctic Husky Challenge. The intrepid pair will be joining other teams to sled across the ice cap from Norway to Sweden in...

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