Founded in Newton Aycliffe in 1987, Sabre Rail has become a National and International provider of engineering maintenance services for all train-based systems; Mainline, Metro’s and Freight. Now with facilities in Newton Aycliffe and Sydney, Australia and over 120 staff, that journey has been made possible by the retention and development of some incredible team members.

During 2020, two more members of staff hit the 25 years’ Service milestone taking the number of staff who have 25 years’ service to nine, collectively accomplishing over 250 years of service! The idea of a job for life is very much still alive. In order to commemorate such a huge milestone, the company reward each employee with a carefully selected watch to mark their 25th anniversary to act as a keepsake of all that they have accomplished throughout their career at Sabre Rail. Some staff have now passed 30 years’ service.

Stephen Thompson, (CEO) said: “We are immensely proud of what we have achieved as a business over the last 33 years, growing from a small company to a global market leader. The challenges faced on that journey were collectively overcome by an incredible team and it’s been a privilege to work with the same great people for so many years.”

Florence Thompson, (HR Director) said: “As a family run business, we are dedicated to developing our own people, giving them the opportunity to establish successful and fulfilling careers in a supportive environment ensuring that each and every team member feels motivated, valued and safe”.

Sabre Rail adopted COVID safe work practices, as it worked through the lockdown to ensure trains were running, delivering goods and transport services for Keyworkers during the pandemic.

Photo Left to Right: Sabre Team Members achieving 25 years’ service: Darren Pratt, Tony Wigglesworth, Neil Hodgson, Tony Whalen, Rob Oxley, John Harker, Michael Griffiths, Peter Bailey and Keith Kitch.