In celebration of International Women’s Day 2020, Southeastern have partnered with Network Rail to run the UK’s first ever female-run train service.

In January, a small number of teachers and pupils for the Hundred of Hoo were delighted to be invited along to play a small part in this historic, memorable journey. 

The train was run as a special service, from London Victoria to Gillingham. It was staffed and operated by women, with the intention of inspiring more women to become involved in STEM subjects; be able to picture themselves in the industry; and therefore consider a career in rail. Everyone involved in the train, from the depot to the cab to the signallers, were women who act as role models for future young girls who may go on to consider a career in the rail industry.

The concept was developed to show the next generation not just that there is a place for women in the rail industry, but also the great range of opportunities there are that many may not be aware of. Everyone involved in the train, from the depot to the cab to the signallers, were women who act as role models for future young girls who may go on to consider a career in the rail industry.

As always we received compliments about our students, ‘they were impeccably behaved and all very engaged – a great advert for your school’. We look forward to working alongside Network Rail and Southeastern again in the future, to continue to promote a career in STEM subjects for our pupils.

See the video here