News

September 5th 2016

Reservists tour new rail depot

170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group visited RPS Newark

Nottingham based Army Reserves who specialise in rail operations have been given a look behind the scenes of a major new railway depot that’s been designed by a supportive Newark employer.

Eight reservists visited the new Hitachi Doncaster Carr Intercity Express Programme depot designed by RPS Newark last week.

RPS’s Newark office has developed a special relationship with the Nottingham based 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group (170 Engr Gp) of the Royal Engineers over the past 18 months.

Four reservists are employed at RPS Newark, three of whom have recently found employment at Newark as a result of the link-up.

RPS Newark is also keen to pass on its knowledge and arranged for the reserves that specialise in rail operations to have a look around the depot for the East Coast Main Line.

The reservists spoke to some of the designers and technicians in Newark who created the plans for the site before visiting the depot itself to look around.

Major Emily Grogutt is the Officer Commanding of 507 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Railways Infrastructure), a Reserve sub-unit of 170 Engr Gp and the only rail infrastructure specialists in the Armed Forces.

She said: “It was incredibly useful to expand our knowledge by seeing first-hand how a state-of-the-art railway depot is designed by RPS and comes to fruition.

“It provided all of the reservists with an excellent insight into the technology and methods used.”

Captain Terry Gillard from 170 Engr GP, said: “The relationship we have with RPS is excellent. They are a very good example of industry engagement working to the benefit of both the employer and the Reserve Forces.

“Through working with us RPS have been able to employ three former military personal who already have a strong engineering background because of that.

“They’re also very supportive of the four reservists they employ which is very important for those employees.

Reservists visit RPS Newark“We look forward to developing the relationship between ourselves and RPS Newark even further over the next few months.”

Dale Hack, the Principal Engineer behind the Doncaster Carr project at RPS Newark, said: “When you employ someone with a military background you know you’re going to get the commitment and work ethic any employer needs.

“When they’ve been with the Royal Engineers we’ve found it’s easy to integrate them into our operations and the quality of their work is very high.

“It was a delight to speak to these reservists about the Doncaster depot and show them around this exciting project.

“The reservists showed an excellent depth of knowledge and hopefully they will be able to use some of what they’ve learned from the visit into their own operations.”

“The reservists showed an excellent depth of knowledge and hopefully they will be able to use some of what they’ve learned from the visit into their own operations.”