Latest facts and figures:
- London Overground Rail Operations are now live on GSM-R
- CA15 Goes live, this concludes South of the Severn-Wash GSM-R network
- Steam locomotives - Flying Scotsman and Olton Hall are now GSM-R ready
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21 March 2012
Multi-operator courses bring
Latest news from the training programme highlights the benefits of multi-operator courses, says Jim Raymen, National Rollout Group Project Manager (Training). He explains: “Sharing training locations and resources with a number of different operators is proving very successful as it allows Network Rail to utilise resources more effectively and offers operators more flexibility of training times and locations.”
Multi-operator courses are of particular benefit to freight operators who often find it difficult to release sufficient drivers to fill a course at any one time, and in any one place. A good example of how multi-operator courses can overcome this was when freight operator Maintainers joined a recent Maintainer Train the Trainer course for West Coast Railways in Carnforth. And it works both ways, says Jim Raymen. “West Coast Railways’ drivers training plan of 30+ Drivers has been completed at DB Schenker’s training centres in Wembley, Bescot and Doncaster, while another two drivers found it more convenient to travel to First Great Western’s facility in Bristol” demonstrating effective industry cooperation.
Multi-operator courses look set to be an effective solution for track engineering or Yellow Plant drivers too following a Yellow Plant GSM-R Training Workshop at Doncaster 13th February. About 100 of these machines are not owned by Network Rail, which by means of Multi Operator Courses, Driver and Maintainer training can be effectively arranged and achieved successfully such as West Coast Railways says Jim Raymen.
In other training news
London Midland Trains having completed their Driver Train-the-Trainer courses, are now delivering their Driver Training plan with maintenance Train the Trainer delivered at Birmingham and Northampton.
Train-the-Trainer courses for South West Trains and c2c have been delivered and running to plan at Basingstoke and Southend with Southern Trains commencing soon at Croydon.
With Version 2 software now ready for rollout, the training team has been busy with East Coast Trains producing briefing material for this major system upgrade who undertook the first ‘live’ deployment of the new software on 20 February. All material is being customised to ensure it is accurate both operationally and technically for each operator. Jim Raymen concludes: “We’ve also compiled a pilot Version 2 training pack for “Existing Users” to bring maintainers up to speed with the new software application changes to the “Portable Maintenance Unit Software Application” which has also been delivered to East Midlands Trains.