Golden Whistle Awards

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

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Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the 2021 Golden Whistle awards as a physical event. However, we wanted to be able to give out trophies recognising the efforts of operators and operating teams across the country over the past year, which has been even more challenging than usual.

We will be announcing the winners of all the awards online, grouped by category. The awards calculated based on statistics will be announced online each day, and on Friday 28 May the Outstanding Operator and Special Awards will be announced by Whistles MC Dick Fearn at a webinar hosted by the Institution of Railway Operators. Prior to those announcements, Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines will address online delegates at the webinar and will take questions about Network Rail’s 21st Century Operations programme.

We are grateful for the ongoing support of our lead sponsor Tracsis, our associate sponsor Porterbrook, and to the IRO, particularly the hard work put in by the South East Area Council to calculate and judges the winners of the awards and to make the event possible.

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ANDY RODEN reveals the teams and individuals who won at the annual Golden Whistle awards

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Network Rail Chief Executive ANDREW HAINES told a Golden Whistles webinar on 28 May how operational excellence will be key to delivering the promises set out in the Williams-Shapps White Paper

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Eastern promise as operators rewarded

PHILIP SHERRATT reports on the winners at the annual Golden Whistles Awards ceremony

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.

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.

Delay minutes Whistles winners named

Our fourth day of virtual announcements of winners at the 2021 Golden Whistle awards focuses on the prizes for minimising delay minutes.

Best performing freight operators announced

Reaching the halfway point in our announcement of Golden Whistles winners, today we are pleased to announce the winners in the Freight category.

More Golden Whistle winners revealed

Our second day of Golden Whistle winners announcements features the winning passenger operators in the Long Distance category and the winners of the Irish Rail awards.

First Golden Whistle winners announced

Modern Railways and the Institution of Railway Operators are pleased to announce the first winners in the 2021 Golden Whistle awards.