Ken Burrage interviewed by Brian Clementson
- Brian Leonard Clementson
Oral history interview with Ken Burrage, conducted and recorded by Brian Clementson at the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers Headquarters, London on 9 May 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 3 min. 52 sec. Career 1956-1989 in Signal & Telecommunications (S&T); rationalisation of engineering standards; joined Westinghouse Signalling 1995; Signal Design Office purchase; Head of the Institution of Railway Signalling Engineers (IRSE); solid state interlocking (SSI); Integrated Electronic Control Centres (IECC); Hidden Report; Organising for Quality (OfQ) changes; privatisation plans; concern over separation of track and trains; politicians’ lack of railway knowledge; Standards Directorate set-up; transfer to Railtrack; departure from Railtrack; support from David Rayner and Dr Peter Watson; Deputy Managing Director Westinghouse; privatisation model flawed; telecommunications technologies; British Rail Telecommunications (BRT); fibre optic network; sale of telecommunications; loss of career focus; railway as system
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.
- Science Museum Group