Neil Butters interviewed by Brian Clementson

Brian Leonard Clementson

Oral history interview with Neil Butters, conducted and recorded by Brian Clementson at the Guild Hall, Bath on 29 June 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 42 min. 48 sec. Personal background; early career; Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) implementation; Western Region Management Services Reading; Arnold Kentridge; Management Development & Training Officer Freightliner; secondment to Enterprise Agency Bath 1985-1987; setting-up Salford University Transport Management MSc course with Bill Bradshaw; railway activities in secondment to Enterprise Agency seconded role; responsibilities at Transmark; Development Manager at The Grove; investment plan prepared; possibility of privatisation; decision to close The Grove 1995; interest in historical railways; role on Railway Heritage Committee; difficulties in legal interpretation of Railways Act 1993; establishment of Railway Heritage Committee (RHC); National Railway Museum (NRM); work of RHC; designation of records under Railway Heritage Act 1996; Secretary role became full-time; effects of privatisation on personal life; reflections on career

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
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.