Richard Gostling interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Richard Gostling, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the National Railway Museum, York on 3 March 2020. Duration: 52 min. 25 sec. Early career; joined British Rail (BR) Research 1969; Vampire vehicle dynamics software; pantograph design; stoneblower; BR Research becomes a profit centre; relationships; staff uncertainty over privatisation; management buyout (MBO) bid; financing; Peter Watson; Managing Director AEA Technology; bid unsuccessful; contrast with Railtrack; relationships; research offers; culture change; Technical Director Railway Industries Association (RIA); Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE) changed role; fragmentation of BR; reflections on privatisation; quality staff

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.