Christopher Gibb interviewed by Frank Paterson (session 1 of 2)

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Christopher Gibb, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson (session 1) at Network Rail Headquarters, Waterloo, London on 11 December 2018. Duration: 58 min. 49 sec. British Rail: Southern Region clerical posts; Management Trainee; Train Crew Supervisor Polmadie; Ayr Train Crew Manager; move to South Wales; 3 months secondment to Societe nationale des chemins de fer francais (SNCF); Wales and Western Service Group Manager; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Theo Steel; staff transfer from regions; Class 158; rolling stock utilisation; sectorisation; separation of track from trains; conversion of business units to shadow companies; Connex; Prism; political relationships

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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Courtesy of Chris Gibb. 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.