Christopher Leah interviewed by Neil Butters

Trelawny Neilson Butters

Oral history interview with Christopher Leah, conducted and recorded by Neil Butters at the Railway Heritage Trust, 1 Eversholt St, Euston on 17 July 2018. Duration: 2 hr. 2 min. 51 sec. Early career; Budget Clerk Rugby; Traffic Management Trainee (Staff Entrant) British Rail: London Midland Region 1970-1972; General Purpose Relief Supervisor; Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) Project; Assistant Area Manager; Motorail; Royal Train; Personal Assistant to David Bowick (Vice Chairman British Railways Board); Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC); Station Cleaning Manager; Divisional Freight Officer; John Prideaux (Divisional Manager); sectorisation; Resource Manager Iron Steel and Motor Vehicles; Passenger Marketing Manager Scotland; Chris Green; Brian Souter; bus deregulation; working with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive (SPTE); Scotland became part of Provincial; ScotRail; reporting to Chris Green and John Edmonds (Director Provincial); Class 15x Sprinters introduction; move to Birmingham; working with PTEs; dividing sub-sector; Regional Railways (RR); Gordon Pettitt; future career prospects; joining Railtrack; creation of Railtrack; dividing assets; organisational structure; Gerald Corbett; Ladbroke Grove accident; inquiry; Railtrack in Administration; gauge corner cracking (GCC); benefits of privatisation; sitting on Railway Heritage Trust Advisory Panel; Ffestiniog Railway; Welsh Highland Railway; Wensleydale Railway; Bressingham Steam & Gardens

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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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.