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We hear endless stories about the entangled politics of the railway, the latest strategic 'vision' and those boardroom suits who earn toe-curling bonuses.

But there are real people at the heart of our industry, making it function. This page brings together stories about those who work on or near the line.

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Tracks stayed live while fire was put out
24th December 2008 (News Shopper Online)
A railway employee put out a fire on live tracks against firefighters advice - Network Rail did not want to turn off the electricity.
DLR death prompts quick-hitch safety review
18th December 2008 (Building)
A subgroup has been set up to examine quick-hitch machinery used on diggers to switch buckets automatically following the death of a rail worker.
DLR crush victim identified
12th December 2008 (Building)
A worker who died on a Docklands Light Railway extension has been named as 58-year-old Harold Sheridan from Luton.

Commuters delayed after rail worker is injured
8th December 2008 (The Comet)
A track worker was struck by a train during engineering works, sustaining injuries to his shoulder and lower back.
Patrolman hit because of poor safety advice
30th October 2008 (Get Surrey)
An accident in which a railway worker was struck by a train in Leatherhead was partly due to inconsistencies in safety information handed down by management.
Rail worker not keeping lookout
28th October 2008 (BBC News)
A railway worker who died when he was struck by a train near Reading Station had not been keeping an adequate lookout, an RAIB report has found.
Rail man who lost his leg
24th October 2008 (Cumberland News)
A Carlisle sporting hero has spoken for the first time about the horrific rail accident which resulted in him having his leg amputated.
No charges for Grayrigg crash pair
14th October 2008 (BBC News)
Two rail workers arrested after last year's train crash at Grayrigg - which left one person dead and dozens injured - will not face charges.
Stolen laptop contains railway workers' details
12th October 2008 (Scottish Sunday Mail)
A laptop containing the personal details of thousands of Scotland's railway workers has been stolen from an accounts firm.
Strike suspended after talks
9th October 2008 (BBC News)
All Scottish rail services are expected to run as normal after a second 24-hour strike due to start at noon on Thursday was called off.
Horse died after train bosses refused to turn off live rail
6th October 2008 (Get Hampshire)
A runaway horse died on railway tracks and three people trying to catch it were put at risk of electrocution last week after railway managers refused to turn off power to the live rail.

Rail strike on after talks fail
6th October 2008 (BBC News)
Members of the RMT will hold two 24-hour walkouts this week in a row about rosters and transfers, after talks with Network Rail management break down.
Rail strike 'to cause disruption'
29th September 2008 (BBC News)
The RMT has warned of "severe disruption" to Scotland's rail network after hundreds of signallers voted to stage two 24-hour strikes.
Work stopped because of wrong hardhats
4th September 2008 (Daily Record)
Workers were ordered to down tools on a £250million project at Aberdeen Station for wearing the wrong colour hardhats.

Rail worker pushed on trolley after injury
1st September 2008 (Coventry Telegraph)
A rail worker's foot was crushed in an accident involving a piece of machinery in Nuneaton.
Three fatal accidents in five weeks
1st August 2008 (DBHS)
Family, friends and colleagues have been coming to terms with the deaths of three railway workers who lost their lives in unrelated accidents, all involving plant.
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