Michaelmas 2020 – the ‘New Normal’ means even more rail-tastic events

We hope everyone has been keeping well and safe through these most uncertain of times. The CURC committee has been busy talking with members from across the railway industry to bring you a fantastic Michaelmas Termcard.

We shall be hearing from open access Grand Central, timetabling Real Train Times, small and agile DC Rail, the eagerly awaited East West Railway plus many more.

Talks aren’t all and though social distancing is important for us adhere to stay safe, we are working hard to allow access to some exciting railway institutions come Michaelmas.

Did you know the Railway Club celebrates its 110th Anniversary in 2021! We are celebrating this through the naming of a class 66, along with some other special events…key an eye to the rails!

Whether you are discovering a new found interest in the railways or you are an established member, we look forward to welcoming you back come Michaelmas in full safe and secure environments… Have a great summer exploring the railways, we hope you have a train-tastic face covering!

Visit to Three Bridges ROC and Depot

Govia Thameslink has kindly provided us with a chance to visit the Three Bridges Regional Operating Centre and Train Care Facility. The visit will be on Tuesday 14th January 2020 at 11 a.m. at Three Bridges ROC, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 1HW. For those leaving from Cambridge, there is a 08:54 direct Thameslink service to Three Bridges with the scheduled arrival time of 10:49 and we’ll be meeting on the platform or on the train.

Further detail on this visit will be announced to those signed up on the due course.

Network Rail’s National Operating Strategy plans for the closure of hundreds of signal boxes, control centres and electrical control rooms, with all their functions moving to just twelve Regional Operating Centres around the country including the Three Bridges ROC. It now controls the operation of Thameslink, and due to bring more of the railway under its control in the coming years.

Three Bridges depot is one of the newest and largest train maintenance facilities in the UK, which is 1.4 miles long, and has stabling capacity for 172 carriages. It’s home to the new Siemens Class 700 fleet, maintained by Siemens and operated by GTR.

Meanwhile, why not try to subscribe to our visiting calendar (Don’t download, just copy the link and paste to your calendar software to subscribe) so you won’t miss any amazing visits.

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Please do sign up and fill the appropriate section in the form asap if you would like to join the visit. Places are limited and they do run out quickly. Details about the visit will be emailed in due course after signing up.

Alternatively via this link: https://forms.gle/jWFT4qrsrQLE19429

CURC Freshers’ Squash

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The CURC would like to invite all current members and new sign-ups to join our Freshers’ Squash on Thursday 17 October, 19.30 at The Maypole. The pub is next to Jesus Green, and only a five-minute walk from the town centre.

Please do come along to hear more about the Club, talk to some of our current members and to have a chat in general about railways! If you would love to join and sign up for membership this is a great opportunity! Please bring cash; bank transfer is also acceptable, with details to be provided at the squash. Remember that new members joining for Life have the opportunity of a FREE place at a formal with one of our speakers – a very unique chance to dine with some of the top people in the industry and hear some stories that not everyone else gets to hear!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

For more information regarding the membership, follow this link.

Explore Rail Transport Careers: Coalas Rail

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of railway infrastructure services, we are award-winning specialists having constructed all forms of railways across Europe and the UK.

We specialise in:

  • High Speed Lines
  • Light /Metro Lines
  • Freight Operator
  • Track Laying, Renewal and Maintenance
  • Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant
  • High Voltage and Traction Power
  • Electrification & Signalling
  • Rolling Stock Refurbishment & Maintenance
  • Tramways
  • Multidisciplinary Projects
  • Engineering
  • Control & Communication systems

We work on some of the continent’s most high-profile projects, including the delivery of major enhancement and maintenance frameworks for Network Rail and are currently working on some incredibly exciting projects like our £400 million project to regenerate Waterloo Station. We are also delivering major schemes overseas in North Africa, Asia and North America.

At Colas Rail we look outwards to our customers, seeing things from their point of view, responding to their suggestions and anticipating their needs, while being committed to delivering on our promise to them, our employees, the people we work with and our stakeholders.

Developing leaders of the future

Developing people is key to our operational success, with 25% of our leaders progressing through our Graduate Schemes. The Trainee & Apprentice programmes we run are equally as important to closing the skills gap facing the industry.

We build our own talent and develop them on fast track Leadership, Technical or Commercial schemes and this in turn results in loyal and passionate employees who deliver brilliantly for our contracts. We can demonstrate this approach on our alliance contracts such as S&C, Wessex Capacity Alliance and the Midland Metro Alliance where it produces fantastic results.

At Colas Rail we believe the investment made in training and development is vital to maintaining competitive advantage and we are committed to utilising training and development to ensure that every possible opportunity is available to our staff.

To find out more about us, please visit our website https://www.colasrail.co.uk/careers/graduate-programme/, or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube: Colas Rail UK.

Graduate Profile

Grace Hayward – Management Scheme

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in July 2017 with a MEng Degree in Chemical Engineering/Energy Engineering; I could not have felt more proud of my achievement. It took four years of studying, a Design Project on the production of 30,000 tonnes of coffee per annum, a Research Project on the varied properties of activated carbon and its reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and many, many, many hours spent in the labs. When I first got the news that I had been accepted onto the Colas Rail Project Management Graduate Scheme I was elated. All of that hard work had paid off and I had learnt and developed the required skills to get myself a job in an engineering workplace. I am now seventeen months into the scheme and I have participated in three rotations within the business. My first ten months were spent in Rugby with Colas Rail Services working alongside the Operations and Standards Team. I was able to gain an insight into the planning and organisation of our freight delivery timetable and our on track machines. During this time, I was even lucky enough to ride in the cab with the train driver and operator, on a variety of routes. I then rotated to Birmingham to work with the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) of which Colas Rail is the principle contractor for the planning, delivery and construction of the tramway throughout Birmingham City Centre. As part of my time at the MMA, I participated in a secondment to Paris to work alongside Colas Rail France. This was a fabulous opportunity to both learn and share ideas of working with light rail in differing countries and facilitate improvements for both businesses. Two years ago when I had graduated from University, there is no way I would believe that I would have done all that I have with Colas Rail. They have given me so many opportunities to learn a variety of roles in a variety of businesses. I truly believe the graduate scheme offers you time to learn and discover what you wish to do with your career and ask all those silly questions to gain the knowledge to get you to where you want to be in five years’ time and I am very grateful for this.

Explore Rail Transport Careers: First Group

As a leading provider of transport services in the UK and North America, FirstGroup provides easy and convenient mobility, improving quality of life by connecting people and communities. Whether for business, education, health, social or recreation – we get people where they want to be, when they want to be there. We create solutions that reduce complexity, making travel smoother and life easier. Last year, around two billion customers relied on our team of 100,000 people to deliver safe and comfortable rail, bus and train services. To help meet tomorrow’s transport challenges, we offer talented graduates and undergraduates exciting opportunities within our business, operations or engineering functions. By diving into our fast-moving world, you’ll get to grips with real-life projects and develop your skills, all whilst gaining hands-on career experience. Best of all, you’ll get an amazing insight into our business whilst opening doors to all sorts of career opportunities. But don’t take our word for it…

“I got stuck in at the deep end right from the start. And I’m glad I did! This scheme has made me who I am today. It’s given me everything I need to build a challenging career!”

Sutopa, Engineering Contracts Manager

“The possibilities are endless here. And there’s no shortage of people willing to offer you words of wisdom and contribute to your learning and development.”

Nathan, Operations Management Graduate