Steve Gollop interviewed by Dick Fearn

Anthony Richard Fearn

Oral history interview with Steve Gollop, conducted and recorded by Dick Fearn at the interviewee's office at Paddington station on 30 April 2018. Duration: 51 min. 14 sec. Traction trainee/secondman 1984; train driver 1988; Traction Inspector Didcot 1990; Driver Leader Network SouthEast (NSE) Thames and Chiltern Division; formation of British Rail businesses; staff culture; Thames Trains; driver reactions to new rolling stock; move to Connex South Eastern; changes in staff terms and conditions; positive changes in safety culture; impact of Ladbroke Grove accident; British Transport Police (BTP) investigation; train driver recruitment; benefits of greater investment

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.