Working local with Rail First: A small community with a big heart


Looking for a change in career and lifestyle? Rail First’s Goulburn and Islington maintenance facilities offer you and your family a refreshing change in pace. With the charm of a small country town and the buzzing energy of a big city, Goulburn offers everything you and your family need to feel right at home (but if city life’s more your style, we’ve got you covered there, too!).

A connected community

Just a two-hour drive from Sydney, in the heart of regional New South Wales, you’ll find the picturesque city of Goulburn. Offering affordable housing, stunning landscapes, and quality schooling, infrastructure and healthcare, Goulburn provides the perfect setting for a relaxed, country lifestyle with all the benefits of the big city.

With so much to explore – from scenic lookouts and boutique wineries to kid-friendly activities and adrenaline-pumping sports – there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Adventure is yours for the taking, but if you’d prefer a slower pace, you can embrace a simpler, less stressful way of life in Goulburn. It’s the perfect place for a tree change!

And being right on the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane rail corridor, where better to take the next step in your career than with Rail First? At our Goulburn maintenance facility, you’ll find a family-friendly work environment where you will be supported to develop, grow and contribute to our Australian success story. We think you’ll love living and working locally with us, but don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what our team has to say:

Our UK expat has certainly found a home in Goulburn. Nigel enjoys being part of a close-knit community, where family always comes first.

“I like the people and the way of life in Goulburn. It’s a fantastic area. It’s a huge rail town – you go down to the local pub and half the people there do the same thing you do.”

Although James is based in our North Sydney office, he frequently makes the short trip to our Goulburn Maintenance facility, and loves the hands-on learning opportunities available to him.

“It’s a really nice group of people to work with in Goulburn. Being a small organisation in a regional community, everyone is just so friendly. It’s like a big family.”

Southern splendour

Further down south, located on the Melbourne-Adelaide-Perth rail corridor, our Islington maintenance facility is only 6km from the Adelaide CBD! With its thriving food and cultural scene, Adelaide is the perfect boutique Australian travel destination, and it’s also one of the world’s most livable cities. Countless weekend adventures await, with vibrant wine regions and beautiful beaches right on your doorstep.

For those looking to join our Islington maintenance facility, you’ll find the same connected, family-friendly environment Rail First is known for, blended with the convenience of inner-city living. Our purpose-built workshops perform our complete range of services on-site, but there’s also the opportunity to travel to other regional areas to provide field services.

Whatever your experience, there’s a place for you at Rail First. Islington’s Wagon Maintenance Manager Brad Taylor believes that with the range of learning opportunities we offer, there’s never been a better time to come aboard.

“People come in and know nothing about rail, but we see their skill and willingness to learn and invest time into showing them how it’s done. We can provide hands-on development opportunities in all different areas of the business because it’s not something you’re going to learn in five minutes – it takes years. But we’re committed to finding the right people who like the change and the challenge.”

A bright future with a stable yet growing company is waiting for you at Islington maintenance facility. Discover your new career opportunity with Rail First now!