FOURTH FRIDAY CLUB

The Fourth Friday Club provides a unique networking forum for executives from all sectors in the railway industry.

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The Fourth Friday Club is the original networking forum for executives from all sectors of the railway industry. It was founded by former Modern Railways Editor James Abbott, based on an industry networking club he discovered in the USA.

Meetings are held six times per year, and all feature networking opportunities, luncheon and guest speakers. Three events are at central London venues and include major industry awards events – the Golden Spanners, Golden Whistles and Railway Innovation Awards. Three regional conferences are also held each year in the North of England, West of England/Wales and the Midlands.

Upcoming Events

Railway Innovation Awards

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Founded in 1998, the Awards are the annual event at which everybody keen on seeing innovation in the railway sector meets up to discuss and celebrate the brightest ideas in the industry.

In partnership with the Railway Industry Association. Sponsored by Porterbrook

Rail in the North of England

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Now established as an annual fixture, the Northern Rail Conference celebrates progress in the modernisation and improvement of the railways of the North of England.

Golden Whistle Awards

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The brainchild of Institution of Railway Operators luminary and now West Dorset MP Chris Loder, the Golden Whistles event was founded in 2010 to promote best practice and celebrate excellence in railway operations.

Sponsored by Tracsis

Golden Spanner Awards

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The Golden Spanners is an annual event at which all those interested in railway rolling stock meet to discuss best practice and celebrate excellence in train maintenance.

Sponsored by Houghton International.

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Becoming a Member

Fourth Friday Club membership now includes entry to all SIX events per year for just £795 + VAT.

To join, or to request further information please contact Dave Lane via email david.lane@keypublishing.com or call on 07795 031051



Latest from 4th Friday Club

More Golden Whistle winners revealed

Our second day of Golden Whistle winners announcements features the winning passenger operators in the Long Distance category and the winners of the Irish Rail awards.

First Golden Whistle winners announced

Modern Railways and the Institution of Railway Operators are pleased to announce the first winners in the 2021 Golden Whistle awards.

Rail in the North of England - questions and answers

Post-event questions and answers from our online conference are reproduced here in full

Rail in Wales and the West - Session 3 Feature Premium

Rail in Wales and the West - Session 3

Rolling stock developments in Wales – Andrew Gainsbury, Rolling Stock Manager, Transport for Wales. Operational skillsets – Rachel Heath, Council Chair for the Midlands, Institution of Railway Operators. Public services on heritage railways - Is there a role for heritage railways in meeting the transport needs of Wales and the West of England? - Chris Austin, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail

Rail in Wales and the West - Session 1 Feature Premium

Rail in Wales and the West - Session 2

Improving the Western Route – Mike Gallop, Director, Network Rail Western Route
A single source of truth for operational control and disruption management – Alex Robertson, Head of Business Development, Tracsis
Exploiting opportunities for rail freight growth in Wales and the West, Julian Worth, Chair of the CILT Rail Freight Forum

RITWW Session 1 Feature Premium

Rail in Wales and the West - Session 1

Transforming the Great Western – Mark Hopwood CBE, Managing Director, Great Western Railway
The reliability and sustainability challenge – Stephen McGurk, Chief Commercial Officer, Porterbrook
MetroWest developments – James White, Principal Transport Officer, West of England Combined Authority

Golden Spanners 2020 Houghton Feature Premium

Golden Spanner Awards 2020

The Golden Spanner awards celebrate the efforts of maintenance and depot teams in keeping trains running reliably. Roger Ford will reveal which fleets have won Gold, Silver and Bronze Spanners at our online event.

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Rail in the North of England Conference Session 3

Welcome to the final session of the Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club's online Rail in the North of England conference. Today we welcome speakers from Merseytravel, TransPennine Express and Eversholt Rail.