A good day for railway enthusiasts



This weekend saw four generations of trains travelling together along the East Coast main line and SEP was there to witness the historic event.

The Flying Scotsman was joined by Virgin’s new Azuma Class 800, a HST Intercity 125 and an Intercity 225 highlighting the past, present and future of travel.



It’s almost Grand National time



The signs are out for the Grand National. Just 1000 no waiters, 400 cones and 500 pieces of ped barrier left to do today.

We are almost ready for fun to begin, are you?

Happy racing to all, let’s hope for nice weather!

The 2017 TPS International Pub Quiz


Some SEP staff members took part in The 2017 TPS International Pub Quiz yesterday evening in Leeds.  It is an annual event organised by the Transport Planning Society, where teams from venues around the UK, and for the first time in the Republic of Ireland, compete to become the champions.

The great news is …. the team won a raffle prize – it’s not about the winning, it’s taking part that counts!

An excellent first attempt by the team “Team Work Always Triumphs” – well done guys!!


2017 is up & running already!

No rest for the wicked….

2017 started on New Year’s Day for SEP with racing at Cheltenham and we have also had a successful Festival Trials Day

Cheltenham Racecourse

 Hull – City of Culture

An exciting time for Hull with 365 days of transformative cultural activity in 2017

SEP are pleased to be a part of it

Hull 2

Coming up soon is two half marathons, Harewood BHF & Silverstone

– brave runners in the current climate, brrrr…..

And the magnificent Cheltenham Festival & Grand National are not too far away

And we’re off……. Here’s to a successful 2017!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

SEP wish you all a very Merry Christmas & best wishes for the New Year!

See you all in 2017


Christmas Office Hours:

The office will close at 2.00pm on Friday 23 December 2016

Open 10.00am to 3.00pm on 28, 29 & 30 December 2016

Normal hours resume from Tuesday 3 January 2017


Everest Base Camp or Cheltenham Races – Jill Deeley

trek-3I could have been car parking at Cheltenham Races in November 2016 for SEP but I wasn’t. I was trekking slowly up the Khumbu valley in Nepal trying to reach Everest Base Camp with my sister, Pam, as a sponsored challenge for Kids at School in Nepal (KASIN). It was the fourth time I have visited Nepal, partly in my role as a Trustee of the charity but also because something keeps drawing me back to this magical country and its lovely people.

The trek was all things :- challenging;  very social as we chatted to other trekkers of all nationalities; so many new sights and experiences; becoming good friends with our expert guide, Saroj and Ashrai our porter; crossing raging rivers on long, wobbly bridges; masked dancing at a Buddhist temple. And above all, the views of the snow-capped mountains, the biggest in the world. Round every corner was another panorama, mountains that we learned by name and shape, our favorite Ama Dablam, or Mother Daughter, which had a large pointed summit and a smaller one next to it. We saw Buddhist mani stones and snow white chortens, strings and strings of prayer flags, lumbering yaks carrying heavy loads and a long haired wild goat called a Tahr. It was sunny and warm by day but so cold at night, getting colder as we went higher – no heating or hot water in the Lodges, bed being the warmest place.

We didn’t make it all the way to the Base Camp at 5,300 meters. Pam started suffering from altitude sickness from 3,000 meters and bravely struggled on to 4,100 meters where, after six days trekking, we decided it would be risking her life to go any higher so while she took a day to relax in our Lodge, Saroj and Ash took me up a mountain called Nangkar Tshang to a height of just over 5,000 meters. It was extremely steep and took three very hard hours to climb up and one very scary hour to slither down but I am proud that I did it and feel I have justified the faith my sponsors put in me.


The other part of our trip was to attend the grand opening of Dandakharka School in the remote area of Phulkharka where KASIN has been supporting eight very poor schools over the past five years. All the schools in the valley were flattened in the 2015 earthquake and our small charity had financed the rebuilding of Dandakharka School in the most remote and poorest part of the valley. We were given an amazing welcome from the whole community with a local band, traditional dancing, garlands of flowers and the traditional tikka – red powder on our foreheads, cheeks and noses! The new school is so much better than their old one and they have new furniture also financed by KASIN and made by local craftsmen which gave them much needed employment in the aftermath of the earthquake. Next year other trustees will be making a visit to ensure they are being used properly.

My sponsorship goal was £1,000 and I am delighted to say that I have raised a total of £1,013.

Thank you SEP for your sponsorship and I hope to see some of you at Cheltenham during the season.


Christmas Jumper Day 2016


It was Christmas Jumper Day here at High Moor Yard complete with our very own Scrooge!

We collected donations for our local food bank in Harrogate which they were grateful to receive in time for Christmas.

“Get back to work… it’s not Christmas yet…”


Tracsis Plc win Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2016

We are extremely please that Tracsis plc won their category in The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards 2016.

The awards are now in their 11th year and honour a large variety of Yorkshire businesses across 14 different categories.

Here is John McArthur, CEO of Tracsis, and our MD, Mike Rodgers, celebrating the win.



SEP Goodwood Racecourse team raise money for Chestnut Tree House

A very big thank you to our wonderful team at Goodwood Racecourse who raised £734.99 from their valet parking service this year.

The money has been donated to Chestnut Tree House, which is a  children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire and cares for 300 children and young adults from 0-19 years of age with progressive life-shortening conditions. It’s a fantastic charity that we are proud to support.



SEP at the Showmans Show in Newbury

This week we have been exhibiting at the Showmans Show which is held at the Newbury Showground and is an outdoor event industry trade show.

The show attracts around 5,000 visitors over two days and has in excess of 340 exhibitors, who show the vast array of equipment, structures technology and services needed of the event industry.