In Memory of


Martin Osman

Martin Osman tragically passed away on 14 July 2021, following a collision with a car during a cycle race. 

Martin was a competitive racing cyclist and this was his real passion. 

Martin was much loved and respected throughout the rail industry, working at RSSB for over 15 years as a Lead Vehicle Dynamics Engineer. 

You are invited to share your positive memories of Martin as a friend and colleague and as a Professional Engineer.

Book Owner: Louise Delaney
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Rachel Palmer

what are we going to do without that cheeky smile and giggle?   I miss you. Ride fast dearest brother-in-law. My heart hurts for all those left behind but you go before us and make way.  see ya soon but til then we have your family close and loved.  …


Mark Phillips

Martin’s life cut short so suddenly, pursuing a sport he loved has been tragic and a sad shock to us all at RSSB. Martin was a highly valued colleague at RSSB and will be missed across the railway family. RSSB Board Director colleagues and I pass on our deepest condolences to Martin’s family and …



I have known Martin since he started in RSSB and worked with him and his passing is a big shock. It’s so sad to hear that he has gone. I will miss Martin, he was a genuinely nice person, never said a bad word about anyone, he was great to have in the team, …



Such sad news. My condolences to family and friends. Martin was a nice colleague. Always patient and generous with his knowledge. Rest in peace.  …


Rob Lockwood

Martin was one of the nicest people you could hope to meet and news of his passing was both shocking and extremely sad. My thoughts are of course with his family. I met Martin at Alstom’s Washwood Heath factory after he’d completed his apprenticeship and engineering degree and joined the ‘Design Services’ engineering team, …


Dolores Peat

So sad to hear of Martin’s departure from the World. I remember Martin as a quiet, unassuming colleague who was clearly dedicated to his family, his chosen sport and his chosen career. He was always a pleasure to talk to generally, and supportive regards discussion of work projects. I was fascinated by his quest …


Anup Chalisey

I have known Martin for over 9 years and worked with him closely on various projects and his passing is a big shock. Professionally he had great expertise and experience which he used for the greater good of the industry, which I truly admired and have learnt from. I will miss Martin, he was …


Kirstie Smith

Martin was a pleasure to work with; I had the opportunity to attend meetings in Europe with him and got to know him over conversations in the committee dinners and travelling.   Martin was well-respected by all who knew him and his tragic passing is a great loss.  My thoughts are with his family who …


Louise Delaney

Martin is a huge loss to his RSSB family, and we are all so devestated and saddened that he is no longer with us. I have known Martin for 14 years, working in the INS&RST team, back in the day. Martin got on with everyone; he was great fun to be with, he knew …


Gary Portsmouth

Martin, such a tragic end to life, but you achieved much whilst you were here and were obviously loved and respected by so many.  I will miss our snatched conversations about cycling at work, as you were always so modest about your own capability and instead offered me kind words of encouragement, thank you.  …


Matt Keillor

Martin was a great guy and someone I was glad to know.   It was really good getting to know him when he was spending time with our team at Network Rail, and over the last couple of years I enjoyed plenty of online discussions and interactions with him about cycling. He definitely helped …


Ros Osawe

I never worked with Martin, and I can only remember having one very brief conversation with him, but the messages left by the people who knew him well confirm what I thought – that he was a really genuine, nice guy.  I was deeply saddened when I heard the tragic news, and saddened for …


Alex Jackson, Lynne and Richard Leverington

Martin was a friend and team mate. So sad to hear the tragic news. Many good memories.   Best wishes to the family. …



Surprised, shocked and then terribly saddened by this news.I have known Martin since 2016 in CEN/TC256/WG07 and his love for cycling is no surprise, he loved to share his passion at the dinners of the standardisation meetings.I will always remember him as a man who was efficient in his work and indulgent towards people …


Peter Theobald

It was a real shock to hear the dreadful news about Martin and I was deeply saddened by it. I knew Martin through and had worked with him in several working groups and committees, and I have known him for many years. I always found him to be humble, modest, very approachable yet at …


Rosalind Mercier

I didn’t know Martin.  But I can tell from his photo that I would have liked him.  I was one of the first cars to pass the scene after the accident.  I pass the bouquet of flowers on the guard rail and think of the terrible, unnecessary loss.  I went up on the passover …


Julian Stow

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Martin’s death. I knew Martin professionally over many years as an excellent and highly knowlegable vehicle dynamics engineer and a thoroughly nice bloke. We met on many many occasions at industry events and meetings and chatted about family, kids, cycling etc. He always struck me …


Neil Dinmore

Having been long aware of Martin’s excellent reputation in the industry, I was glad to work alongside him, and to start getting to know him, over the last three years. As we all were, I was shocked and saddened to hear of his tragic and untimely death. The world will be a poorer place …


Andy Rhodes

I was really shocked to hear about Martin as I was only speaking to him on a Teams call a couple of weeks ago and we were looking forward to starting a new RSSB project. I’ve been fortunate to have known Martin for many years through the VTISM work as a supplier – it …


Catherine Baker

It was a privilege to have known Martin, both growing up through playgroup, primary and secondary school, and as an RSSB colleague in what have sadly turned out to be his last few years. I remember returning to RSSB from maternity leave and seeing Martin in the Eversholt street canteen shortly after he had …


Shamil Velji

Martin and I joined RSSB around the sametime.  I had a pleasure of working with Martin on a few research and standards projects.  Martin was very keen engineer and was always happy to participate in projects and happy to share his knowledge.  He is not only going to be a huge loss for RSSB …


Emma Taylor

I, like many others at RSSB, have strong and positive memories of Martin. He was part of a team much respected across the whole organisation, and industry too. Whilst I knew about the cycling, I didn’t know about his secret food drawer at work. It raised a smile, which is much needed at this …


Greg Morse

Martin, your knowledge, understanding and professionalism are known by all who knew you. I too will remember you for that, but also the way you always had time for a chat, a nod, an acknowledgement of fellowship. This made you the best of people, an example to us all, and I thank you for …


Terry Johnson

In common with many others, I was deeply shocked to hear of Martin’s death. I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife and three children. I shared time working with Martin in Derby at AEA Technology, but our paths didn’t cross again until I joined RSSB in 2009. Martin and I worked closely on …


Paul McGuire

Such sad news hearing of Martin’s passing.  I had the pleasure of working with him on Innovation projects and he was so kind, calm and professional, always willing to help and support. Sincere condolences to Martin’s family and friends, thinking of them at this difficult time. …


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