John Welsby inteviewed by Frank Paterson

2020-02-19 in London
Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with John Welsby, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the Union Jack Club, London on 19 February 2020. Duration: 1 hr. 27 min. 1 sec. Career background; secondment to British Railway Board (BRB); sectorisation; Director Provincial Services; Development of Ralibus; restructuring British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL); Manufacturing & Maintenance (M&M) study; Board Member for Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) 1989; development of Organising for Quality (OfQ); government-railway relationships; Conservative Party conference; Bob Reid 2; Bob Horton (Chief Executive Designate Railtrack); concern over separation of track from trains; Railtrack development; John Edmonds (Chief Executive Railtrack); pensions; relationships with government; Board Members’ incentives; reflections on Clapham accident; relationships with Railtrack; personal impact; delivery without adverse impact on service; key people; change of government; consequences of 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
Britain's Railways All Change
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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.