Hello! Meet the Railway Blogger, I’m Barrie.
If you love Heritage Railway, Model trains or even Modern Railway, you’ll feel right at home here. With a career on British Railways spanning over 40 years and as a lifelong train enthusiast, I’m going to share with you some of my personal thoughts and interests be they on the main railway or on our heritage lines.
Over the years…
I was employed on the British Railways for over 40 years. For many years I have been involved in Heritage Railways and currently I’m the Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway based at Midsomer Norton near Bath.
In 1974 I joined BR Engineering at Crewe locomotive works. After 4 years training along with college study, I graduated as a professional engineer. In my career I’ve worked as an engineer improving locomotive performance. I’ve worked as Depot Manager at a number of locations on British Rail including Eastleigh Works. In latter BR days I was Fleet Manager before getting involved in rail privatisation and franchising. Post BR I have been involved in managing rail franchises for Wessex Trains and Great Western Railway.
On heritage railways,I trained as a guard on the Tallylyn Railway, Wales in the 1970’s. I was later passed out for firing steam locomotives on the Great Central, Loughborough in the mid-1980’s. For 17 years, I helped restore a BR Class 9F locomotive back to working order from scrapyard condition. I have always had an interest in the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway and for a number of years have been helping to restore services to a section of this line for all to enjoy travelling on this iconic and sadly missed railway.
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