Mike Etwell interviewed by Michael Robson

Michael A. Robson

Oral history interview with Mike Etwell, conducted and recorded by Michael Robson in Berkshire on 12 February 2020. Duration: 2 hr. 5 min. 23 sec. Career overview; Class 59 development; Class 60 development; Class 92 development; European Passenger Services (EPS); meetings with Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen/Société nationale des chemins de fer belges (NMBS/SNCB); further development of Class 59; technical requirements; Class 60; Class 37; noise issues; car-carrying wagon development for Channel Tunnel; Euro Night Sleepers; Class 92 at Velim Test track; CLAs 92 technical requirements; Channel Tunnel usage agreement; loading gauge; Class 373/TransManche Super Train (TMST); vision and requirements for EPS services; North Pole International depot; EPS staff development; North Pole depot; EPS Language Training Centre; financing of European Night Stock 1992; setting-up of European Night Services; operation requirements; EPS change to Eurostar; North Pole opening; Waterloo International; Plant Support Doncaster; Class 37; test running; trainsets leased to Great North Eastern Railway (GNER); Eurostar developing as rolling stock company (ROSCO); Class 92 for freight use; Eurostat train evacuation tests; North Pole International Depot facilities; Eurostar train commissioning; press visit; staff development; Manchester Depot; London and Continental Railways (LCR) set-up 1994; Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL); EPS move to LCR; senior management re-organisation; production management; passenger growth; contracts; Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE)

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.


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Courtesy of Mike Etwell. 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.