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Inside... Reasons to be cheerful
Andy Milne considers the recession and how best to fight it
P4 Top rail cop
heads probe
dence in collateral, hedge extra ordinary esprit de corps. money-up-front, a motivated pany. Always think of the goodWalking across Glasgow at
funds, futures and property ‘I work on the railway’ staff say. work force, environmental eco- people you know in a companyeight in the morning is to see
speculation. In the real world It doesn’t matter if the guy nomics and political support even if its overall PR image isthe Georgian city at its best.
Jack Black, Scotland’s top trains still run, factories pro- next to you works for Potato make this the best place to be. pretty poor. ‘Their trains are
motivational trainer, originally duce, farms grow food and Rail or Elasto-Tram, we won’t Ours is an industry expanding, always late!’ Point out that, ‘In
from Easterhouse, talks of a people trade. hear a word against him. seeking new talent and build- fact nine out of ten of them run
depressive Londoner visiting At the RailStaff Awards rail- ing better careers. on time. How often are you
the city and walking across the way people from all over the held up driving?’ The rail industry is better
square grid streets. Like me the network and from countries Finally says MindStore, setpositioned than most to See things going well and
P5 Terry Morgan heads lonesome Londoner had come like Jamaica, Australia, India goals and give the job, yourride out the recession sure enough they go better
Crossrail up to do a two day MindStore Point One: Railways have a and Indonesia joined together Jack Black and successful family and friends everything
course in a bid to buck himself growing market, a demand to celebrate a common indus- entrepreneurs the world over you’ve got. As Nelson Mandela
up. which outstrips supply. More try, a common purpose. argue that focusing on lack, said, ‘There is no passion to be
As he walked up the cobbles people want to use trains, for Point Four: The environmen- breeds failure. Trying to save found in playing small - in set-
he looked up from the pave- work, leisure and one off trips. tal debate over global warming money, austerity measures tling for a life that is less than
ment at the piercing blue sky, Passenger numbers continue and green economics has to and putting new initiatives on the one you are capable of liv-
the graceful grey buildings and to boom – Liverpool alone favour rail. We still need to ice all point at failure. OK there ing.’
the shops and people sparkling expects a rise of 40% over the move about and transport will be redundancies and it is Jack Black runs courses in self
in what has always been a next ten years. freight. By far the best way to wrong to underplay the pain development and you can
good humoured city. Railfreight clamours for achieve this is on energy effi- and suffering this causes. check him out on his site,
space. As Alan Bennett direc- cient trains rather than cars Moreover thrift and saving See his
P6 Bombardier backs youth ‘Never mind the G20, what tor–general at the RFG points and planes. People even feel your money makes sense. book also called MindStore.
we need to do is get the media out, who would have predicted virtuous travelling by train. Not But look at who you are and Jack recommends three books,
together in one place and tell the huge increase in the for nothing do we wave our what you do very carefully, ‘The Magic of Thinking Big’ by
them to stop this nonsense import of Chinese goods – by trains off with a green flag. MindStore teaches. Take heart David Schwartz; ‘Think and
about a recession,’ Black thun- sea which must then be moved Point Five: Politically the tide from those around you. Aren’t Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill
ders at the start of a two day around the UK. Capacity is at is turning in rail’s favour. Yes we at the mercy of events? Not and ‘The Power of the
summit at the Marriott Hotel premium. This is not an indus- the government – unimagina- if you understand the law of Subconscious Mind’ by Joseph
on Argyle Street. try where the product itself is tive as ever – wants to pump attraction – think about the Murphy. The ideas are timeless
His remarks mirrors what under threat. more money into roads in a bid worst and that’s what hap- and effective.
Sam Walton, founder of Wal- Point Two: Unlike almost any to create work and spend its pens. See things going well and Back in Glasgow as the lone-
Mart once said, ‘I was asked other business railways get the way out of the recession but it sure enough they go better. some Londoner walked on
P16-17 The Railway Age what I thought about the money up front. The punter would be better spent on rail- How do you handle this in feeling already much better he
recession, I thought about it buys his annual season ticket ways and tram systems and the cold light of day? First, looked around for a pointer for
and decided not to take part.’ long before the railway buys most people share this aspira- refuse to accept the recession. the future. On the corner of a
Brave words may be. However, the fuel and pays the staff. tion. ‘We’re not doing this, because building he saw a sign, ‘Hope
consider that much of the Point Three: People working Happily the Tories have com- of the recession.’ The rail reply Street.’ With a spring in his
recession is a collapse in confi- on the railway have a quite mitted to progressing a new is: ‘What recession? This is no step he rejoined the course
high speed rail link from longer an industry in long term and put into practice all that
London to Birmingham, Leeds decline. We’re moving ahead, he was taught.
and Manchester. Already we building new trains, opening Naturally enough Hope
see the Thameslink and new lines. Catch a ride on the Street runs right past
Crossrail projects pushing success express.’ Glasgow Central station andComment
ahead. Secondly never knowingly do indeed parallels railways
So supply and demand, down a colleague or a rail com- everywhere.Contact
Publisher: Paul O'Connor As Christmas approaches the on the family. The family is the
Editor: Andy Milne rail industry is redoubling most important foundation.’
Senior reporter: Jonathan Webb efforts to recruit young people. Industry is already feeling the
Pictures: Colin Garratt We need youngsters to work in chill winds of demographic
Track Safety: Colin Wheeler our depots and workshops, on recession. Where are the young
Advertising: Neil Ray our tracks and catenaries. people to come from? The
Asif Ahmed Poignant to reflect that our answer has to be the family.
Nigel Wordsworth society treats children with Our future rests on the family
Production: Adam O'Connor such disdain. The Christmas and its ability to raise up edu-
Gemma King story itself has a darker side. cated, motivated children; per-
Subscriptions: Pat Tollar The holy family, the infant sons of integrity; young people
Christ, Mary and Joseph fled by with visions untrammelled by
Contact Email Addresses night into Egypt. King Herod the iniquity of our time.
Press releases & news: hearing of the new born king Obama had stern words for had his thugs murder every fathers which serve us well. "A
Pictures: boy under two in Bethlehem father’s responsibility," he said, and its vicinity. "does not end at the point of
General Information: Imagine the doing of this for conception. Be there for your a moment. ‘Then was fulfilled children. Whatever our culture
To change distribution details: the prophecy that Rachel was or belief spending time with heard weeping for her children our children costs nothing, is
because they are no more.’ recession proof and could be
Contact Details From Mumbai to Haringey the single most important
RailStaff Rachel weeps still. Spare a investment we make."
Ashby House, Bath Street, thought this Christmas for He went on, "Engage your
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leics LE65 2FH children sleeping at railway child! So many children are
stations and rubbish tips, growing up in front of the tele-
Tel: 01530 56 00 21 around the world. vision set and the video game.
Fax: 01530 41 21 66 The family itself is under Turn off the TV and read a book
Web: threat from those who bridle at to your child."
Email: any restraint, any interference in The giving of time to your
the me-me culture. In his children over Christmas is the
RailStaff is published by speech on Father’s Day, earlier best gift of all. Time itself mir-
Railstaff Publications Limited. this year, Barack Obama said, ‘Of rors the eternity God has set in
Part of the Rail Media Group. all the rocks on which we build the hearts of men and his own Glasgow Central Station.
Printed by Harmsworth Printing. our lives we are most dependent gift of himself - as a child.
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