Meet a Member: JSD Rail Ltd

About us:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

JSD Rail Ltd are a contracting and engineering company based in Rochdale. Due to the national nature of our business, we have staff based across the UK. We specialise in railway vegetation management, herbicide application/equipment and railway engineering support.

Our challenges:

We operate eight weed-spray trains for Network Rail which keeps us very busy from March to September. Right now, we have just completed the first treatment and are about to start the second treatment. During the growing season we are constantly dealing with reports of weed growth as this impacts the ability of Network Rail staff to inspect the tracks.

Our expertise:

Our expertise lies in our knowledge of applying herbicides in an environment challenged by safety and time restrictions. Our team includes highly experienced BASIS advisors and operators with railway operational expertise, backed up with a qualified engineering team.

What turns a normal day into a great day?

What triggers a really great day? Successful herbicide treatments, everyone home safe – all the usual things. However, I suppose putting it right when it all goes wrong (which it does from time to time) gives us at JSD job satisfaction, although it may not feel like it at the time!

Did you know…….?                                                                                                                  

Aside from work, all of us at JSD get on well and like to socialise together whenever work allows. In 2017 we decided to raise money for a good cause and entered a team of brave souls in to the Total Warrior Challenge in the Lake District – a 10k course with 30 very wet, muddy, tall and cold obstacles. Did I mention there was lots of mud? It was a great day! It’s good to accept a challenge from time to time and achieve something you thought you (in my case) were too old for. Three of us from the original 15 had so much fun that we have signed up for this year’s challenge in August.

What it means to be a member of the Amenity Forum:

We at JSD believe that being a member and involved with the Amenity Forum is vital for the future of our industry. We are very appreciative of the hard work that goes on, not only by our Chairman, but by the whole team. If we as a sector are to have a voice in how we work in the future, we have to pull together, not apart.