Audio clips from our National Archive of Railway Oral History, which contains over 1000 hours of recollections from railway workers.
Involved with railway preservation since 1950, and the purchase of Flying Scotsman.
Alec had a long career, starting at the LMS in 1943 in Carlisle.
Arthur William Gilbert
Arthur first worked as a horse drawn delivery driver.
Betty’s railway family links secured her first railway job.
Charles Anthony Brindle
Managing Director, British Rail Hovercraft Ltd, 1965 - 1969.
Dorothy worked for railway hotels.
Dr Alan Wicken
Alan recounts a conflict with academics.
Eric helped implement the Beeching plan and spent time in India and Australia.
George worked on the railways for 50 years, starting at Aberdeen in 1945.
A boiler engineer and welder who saw nationalisation, the end of steam and privatisation.
Harry recalls his feelings when he was in charge on the footplate for the first time.
Percival filled a variety of signalling and administration roles.
Ray began his railway career with a Traffic Apprenticeship in 1949.
Tony joined railway from school and worked in the Southern region, Gatwick and Waterloo.
Violet Priscilla Lee
Violet became a train guard at just 17.