Yes, with ATW after passing medical no job offer.
Also 1 other time with NR passed final Interview but received no medical/offer.
Known it to happen to 4 other people (no offer after medical) for a mixture of roles including Driving.
Thats because freight companies almost never take on non-qualified
EWS/DB Schenker - No chance whatsoever of getting in
Freightliner & DRS - Very rarely advertise, but the chances of getting in are many times harder than an average TOC
GBRf - Chance of getting in through the Assistant Train Manager scheme but even this is incredibly tough to get into, far harder than to become a Driver with a TOC
Colas, Advenza, Fastline & other small operators - No chance whatsoever, these are strictly qualfied only
All freight companies will only consider experienced mainline Drivers only with extremely few exceptions, those were detailed in my post above. The only real chance to get driving freight for non-qualified is probably on the London Underground engineering trains whenever they advertise.
No they don't, the test trains are driven by DBS Infrastructure Monitoring drivers (part of DBS Construction). The drivers are ex Serco Rail Operations (SRO) drivers who transferred to DBS with the work when DBS gained the contract