Records of Railtrack Private Shareholders Action Group

Railtrack Private Shareholders Action Group

The RPSAG collection consists of 37 A4 files of printed and photocopied documents and seven archival boxes containing 31 bundles of printed A4 pages, newspaper cuttings and manuscript documents. The collection also contains two CD disks and one USB drive. The first part of the archive is largely made of copied material and is not the definitive archive of RPSAG. RPSAG/1 does not contain original records of the group, or the original records of government departments. The core financial and membership records of the group are not yet available and are held by representatives of RPSAG.

The selection of documents in RPSAG/1 is however unique, having been assembled and ordered by RPSAG in a way that they believed demonstrated and supported their case. The court case was extremely high profile and controversial and was a key event in the evolution of UK rail management. As well as this the case was discussed in the light of wider issues of government and ministerial openness. The collection as a whole demonstrates how the management of railways is politically significant and how key railways are to the economy of this country.

RPSAG/3 and RPSAG/4 contain original records of RPSAG such as correspondence and organisational records such as minutes and financial records. It contains records that demonstrate how the group administered itself and how it sought to gain the support of shareholders. It also contains correspondence from individual shareholders expressing their often emotive views on the actions of the government, including how the situation had affected them personally. The collection demonstrates how a key event in recent railway history had a social impact on many people.

Records also include those that cover the PR activities of the group and newspaper cuttings that track the development of the case. These are backed up by records from the website (RPSAG/2). The collection as a whole demonstrates how much attention the group generated and how important the case was to the public.

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7 boxes and 37 files
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