My first post, so I guess I should start with - hi! I've been looking around and I see there are a number of forum members who are railway staff in many different roles in the industry which is good to see. I'm going to add myself to that list - I am Senior Mechanical Systems Engineer at Eurostar (so "hello" to any fellow EIL members if there are any...). The job is one reason I suppose that I joined this forum - to see if there is still new engineering life being injected into Britain's Railways. There are a lot of people wanting to be train drivers or work in customer facing roles, but I'm slightly concerned that UK railway engineering doesn't get a high enough profile in the media or at educational institutions. There is a lot of good experience and knowledge around at the moment but we need to safeguard this for the future. SNCF have a very good and strong system in place for new engineers and apprentices rising through the ranks, something that comes from being a large organisation. As there is no longer a central engineering department for UK railways like in the days of the DM&EE in Derby, this kind of thing is difficult to replicate in this country with our fragmented system. I suppose apprenticeships themselves are becoming rarer in every industry, not just railways. Anybody else in my line of work or who has thought along these lines?