Visitors invited to rail depot open day for a unique behind the scenes look at how Network Rail is bringing Brunel’s railway into the 21st century: Track maintenance-2

Tuesday 2 Apr 2019

Visitors invited to rail depot open day for a unique behind the scenes look at how Network Rail is bringing Brunel’s railway into the 21st century

Region & Route:
Wales and Western

Are you interested in finding out more about what it’s like to work on the railway? Members of the public are invited to attend an open day at one of Network Rail’s maintenance depots in Swindon, a historic railway town with links to the industry dating back to 1843 – almost 180 years.

For a taste of what it’s like to work on the modern-day railway, Network Rail is inviting people to come along to an open day at its maintenance depot at Hawksworth Industrial Estate in Swindon on Thursday 4 April. 

This is an exciting opportunity to get up close and hands-on with some of the machinery that is used every day to keep the trains running on Europe’s safest railway.

Network Rail staff will be demonstrating some of the different skills that they use on a daily basis, including a unique glimpse at the cutting edge ultra-sonic technology that is bringing Brunel’s railway into the 21st century.

Information about opportunities offered by Network Rail will also be available on the day – ranging from apprenticeships and graduate schemes to the possibility of careers in a multitude of disciplines including IT, finance, communications, engineering and more.

Donna Reigate, infrastructure maintenance delivery manager at Network Rail explains:

“This is a really exciting chance for visitors to find out more about what goes on behind the scenes on the railway, and to come and have a look at some of the machinery we use to help keep passengers and trains safely moving.

“Everyone is welcome to come along and speak to us, our team look forward to seeing you at the Network Rail depot, located at Hawksworth Industrial Estate in Swindon.

“Feel free to pop in and see us on the day.”

For a unique look at how the rail industry operates, visitors are encouraged to attend at any time between 4pm and 7pm on 4 April.

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