Retired Rail Community

Events to bring the community together

RBF’s Retired Rail Community events, provide an opportunity for retired railway people to get together, share stories and look back on their time in rail.

Our research with railway pensioners highlighted that retirement can often be isolating for railway people, especially with many community and railway groups closing following the pandemic.

“I had been looking forward to this event for weeks and I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. It was really comforting to meet with people who spoke my language and could relate to my experiences working in rail. Loneliness is a real issue amongst the retired community, but events such as this help us to get out and about and meet new people.”

Attendee from pilot event, November 2022

“My first job was in rail so it’s an industry I love and continue to support. Rail has changed enormously in the last 50 years, which is why it is so important to connect with those who share memories from the days gone by. Loneliness amongst pensioners has worsened since the pandemic, which is why we are keen to support the retired community and help combat this issue.”

RBF President, Pete Waterman
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