2015 News Archive.


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15/12/2015 - Well I've just worked my final train as a Hereford driver for DB Schenker after 22 years at the depot. A sad day and I hope the remaining lads at the depot can keep going for a while despite the current decline in the rail freight market. I'm hoping I can relax for a couple of months then...... who knows!


17/06/2015 - After a fantastic short break in Slovakia at the start of June I'm now facing the doom and gloom of work as DB Schenker Rail UK have announced that they propose to make 234 roles redundant out of their 3400 strong workforce. This includes 118 traincrew and 7 possible depot closures so I face a turbulent month prior to what should be the holiday of a lifetime touring Alaska......

Spare a thought as well for the two drivers and eighteen passengers who lost their lives this morning in Tunisia when the 04:00 Dahmani - Tunis ville train struck a lorry at speed on a level crossing near Pont du Fahs. Almost 100 passengers were also injured but lets hope there are no more deaths...


19/03/2015 - Well it's almost time to head off again. It's been a difficult month since returning from Thailand and learning of the sad demise of a friend and colleague. I'm not sure things will pan out at work but I haven't really had any spare time to ponder it either so I'm forward to a week away enjoying myself. I've managed to get the Thailand report finished and uploaded along with the pictures to my Flickr pages although I still haven't finished the India report from Decemeber! Maybe this week will give me the motivation....


12/02/2015 - June and I have recently returned from our first visit to Thailand. It was an excellent trip and a big thank you to Rich and Sarah for their company. After a week of sightseeing we enjoyed some relaxation around Hua Hin in some superb weather. Needless to say I took plenty of pictures so my job this week is to sort them, upload them to Flickr and finish my trip report. The index photo for February is a shot of Hua Lamphong station in Bangkok, a listed building due to its ornate roof.


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