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Golden Whistle Awards 2021

A recording of our Golden Whistles webinar on Friday 28 May, at which Dick Fearn announced the winners in the Outstanding Operator and Special Award categories for the 2021 awards.

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Operations in a post-Covid world

A recording of the presentation by Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines at our Golden Whistles webinar on Friday 28 May.

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Hybrid Class 168 on test

A Chiltern Railways Class 168 DMU refitted with a Rolls-Royce MTU hybrid drive system is undergoing testing ahead of entry into passenger service later this year.

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HydroFlex bound for COP conference

A hydrogen-powered train will be used to transport visitors at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November.

Outstanding Operators at 2021 Whistles

Operators who have gone the extra mile in striving for excellence have been rewarded with prizes at the 2021 Golden Whistle awards, announced today.

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Golden Spanner Awards

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The Golden Spanners is an annual event at which all those interested in railway rolling stock meet to discuss best practice and celebrate excellence in train maintenance.

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Public Transport Scotland

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Following on from a successful debut in 2023, our two-day event in Scotland returns with a focus on developments on both the rail and bus networks north of the border.

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Rail in Oxfordshire and the Midlands

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This year we visit a new city for our Midlands conference, Oxford in the South of the region

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Golden Whistle Awards

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The brainchild of Chartered Institution of Railway Operators luminary and now West Dorset MP Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations.

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Rail in Wales and the West

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Our Rail in Wales and the West conference moves to Swindon for 2025. With the exciting plans in for improvements in Wales and the Borders and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.

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