YRP says the website – www.youngrailwayprofessionals.org – took its inspiration from social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook and includes features synonymous with these sites. For example members can create their own profiles, link with their colleagues and friends, write status updates, see a live activity feed, send private messages and RSVP to events.

YRP chairman Mr Paul Cooper says that since the organisation was founded it has grown to encompass young rail professionals not just in Britain but all over Europe and the world, and that YRP is continually looking at ways of meeting the needs of industry's young people.

"We have invested in the creation of a bespoke website designed to provide young people with access to a calendar of networking events in the industry, as well as the YRP online networking community where our members can create their own profiles and begin to connect with peers from around the world," Cooper says.

YRP hosts events throughout the year across Britain many of which are free to attend. These are listed on the site, as well as further information about the organisation.