Clive Kessell interviewed by Frank Paterson
- Frank Paterson
Oral history interview with Clive Kessell, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the Union Jack Club, London on 8 October 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 21 min. 17 sec. Education; Crewe workshops; Derby divisional drawing office; Watford power box; seconded to GEC Telephone Works Coventry; Derby; Stoke power box; Deputy Telecoms Engineer Nottingham division 1970; radio systems for Advanced Traffic Information(ATI); Telecoms Engineer (General) at British Railways Board Headquarters (BRB HQ); standardisation; Telecoms Engineer (Radio) at BRB HQ 1975; driver only operation (DOO); creation of National Radio Network (NRN); Telecoms Engineer Southern Region 1979; completion of National Telecoms Plan and Extension Trunk Dialling (ETD) system; telecoms information sharing; Telecoms Engineer BRB HQ 1984; high capacity digital transmission systems; NRN; Polmont accident; Overlay Radio Network (ORN) project developed using NRN; Deal concluded with Mercury for fibre cable in British Rail troughs 1984; telecoms seen as a source of income by BRB; sectorisation; creation of British Rail Telecoms [BRT]; BRT not seen to be taking safety seriously; Racal and Apex Holdings potential buyers; sale to Racal; initially not interested in railways; sale to Thomson CSF/Thales; asset swap deal with Alcatel; retirement 2011; BRT relationships with other departments and rail industry pre/post 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.
- Science Museum Group