Phil Graham of Network Rail has won this year’s Signalling Person of the Year Award at the RailStaff Awards 2012.
Friends and colleagues nominated the York railwayman for having run voluntary evening classes for 25 years to teach the principles of railway signalling and the related rules and regulations.
As well as staff from Network Rail, Phil’s classes are attended by people from train companies and local heritage railways. His classes are so popular that this year he has had to repeat them up to three times every fortnight between September and March.
Phil takes great pride in helping his classes achieve high pass rates, whether they are established operators or those entirely new to the subject.
Tom O’Connor, managing director of the Rail Media Group which organises the RailStaff Awards, said: “Phil Graham is passing on skills and knowledge gathered during a long and successful career in railways. Such commitment is rarely noted by the public but should be celebrated by us in the wider railway industry. His is an example of how to contribute to the railway community.”
Phil Graham works for Network Rail, which runs the railway infrastructure including track, signalling, bridges and tunnels.