John Smith interviewed by Michael Robson (session 2 of 2)

Michael A. Robson

Oral history interview with John Smith, conducted and recorded by Michael Robson (session 2) at the interviewee's office at GB Railfreight, London on 13 November 2019 (session 2). Duration: 41 min. 18 sec. Heavy haul freight; Class 66 locomotives; political understanding of rail freight; Class 73 refurbishment; Class 92; Caledonian Sleeper; Class 56; Brexit; productivity; overview of current situation; additional infrastructure needed to accommodate growth; safety improvements

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
Courtesy of John Smith. 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.