Tony Donaghey interviewed by Nick Mitchell

Nick Mitchell

Oral history interview with Tony Donaghey, conducted and recorded by Nick Mitchell in London on 18 June 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 1 min. 20 sec. Early career; guard; National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) challenge to British Railways Board (BRB) over racism; origins of Race Relations Act; trade union activist; NUR Executive Committee; railways after nationalisation; initial reaction to privatisation; role of National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) in fighting privatisation; problems with contesting government action; dealing with new companies; Midland Main Line (MML); terms and conditions; Railway Pension Scheme; President of RMT; preserving travel facilities; retirement and reflections

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 Tony Donaghey. 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.