John Edmonds interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with John Edmonds, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the interviewee's home in London on 31 October 2019. Duration: 58 min. 23 sec. Early career; freight studies; Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) contract; Sector Director Provincial; development of profit centre management data; creation of Anglia Region 1989; sectorisation; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Integrating mechanical engineers; overhead line equipment (OLE); implementation of OfQ in Provincial; Richard Goldson; Bob Reid 2; Bob Horton; Railtrack non-executive relationships; setting-up Railtrack; Relationships with Department of Transport; Chris Leah; Michael Holden; personal reflections; retirement

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 Christine and Mark Edmonds. 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.