Peter Middleton interviewed by Richard Goldson

Charles Richard Browne Goldson

Oral history interview with Peter Middleton, conducted and recorded by Richard Goldson at the interviewee's home in Warwickshire on 11 April 2018. Duration: 51 min. 20 sec. Start of footplate career; impact of management on drivers; union representation at Harrogate; start of organisational change; traction types; CLass 14x Pacers; union representatives’ action on persistent faults; nationalisation; 1992 election; formation of separate company; looming impact of privatisation; possibility of management buyout (MBO); communications from management; impact of new franchisee announcement; new management; fragmentation; Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF) attitude to privatisation

One of over 150 oral history recordings made as part of the Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) archive project. BRAC was set-up to cover gaps in documenting the railway privatisation process in the United Kingdom, between 1994 and 1997, when the government-owned British Rail was dismantled into over 100 privately-owned companies. The interviews capture the recollections of people involved in the planning and implementation of the privatisation process, the management of change and running the railway during privatisation.


Oral Histories
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oral history interview
Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) oral history archive, created in partnership with the Friends of the National Railway Museum, the Retired Railway Officers’ Society and the National Railway Museum.