Isle of Wight’s Island Line maintenance team in the running for ‘rail industry’s Oscars’

Fingers crossed for the team currently maintaining the 80-year-old trains running on the Island Line

island line trains coming into Ryde Esplanade station

A number of South Western Railway (SWR) staff have been shortlisted for the ‘rail industry’s Oscars’.

SWR submitted a number of entries to the National Rail Awards 2020, and five have made it through to the shortlisting stage.

Maintaining 80-year-old trains
The team currently maintaining the 80-year-old trains running on the Island Line have been recognised as part of the Fleet Excellence category.

This small team have learnt brand new skills and embraced innovation and technology to keep the trains – which are nearing well-earned retirement – running for Islanders and visitors on the Isle of Wight.

This comes on top of two other submissions which covered an initiative focussed on making trains more environmentally friendly and another which promoted the work of Trespass and Welfare Officers.

The final winners for all categories will be announced later in the year.

Commenting, SWR’s Managing Director Mark Hopwood said:

“We are immensely proud of all of our colleagues who have already been recognised by the National Rail Awards.

“Every single day our colleagues go above and beyond in all sorts of ways – from keeping 80-year-old trains running to helping vulnerable youngsters into work.”

Friday, 10th July, 2020 12:47pm



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