Brian Maddison interviewed by Richard Spoors

Richard John Spoors

Oral history interview with Brian Maddison, conducted and recorded by Richard Spoors at the interviewee's home in Nottingham on 16 May 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 2 min. 37 sec. Peterborough District Civil Engineer’s office; King's Cross 1965; bridge reconstruction; Leicester Area Civil Engineer’s office 1968; Nottingham Division Buildings Section 1971; diving training 1968; Works Production Assistant; railway diving; bridge scour; Glanrhyd accident 1987; river bed measurement; InterCity Area Civil Engineer’s office Peterborough; Network SouthEast; New Barnet station vandalism; sectorisation changes; Renewals Assistant (Permanent Way); Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); Assistant Area Civil Engineer Works 1993; part of British Rail Infrastructure Services (BRIS); setting up own company; no future for British Rail (BR) Works function; Bridgeway set up 1995; working with Railtrack; expertise reassembled

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.