About the author 

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Mike Peart was a former career railwayman in London Division of British Railways (Western Region). He worked in the commercial and operations field and on relief duties from 1962 before a colour vision problem meant a career change. Then, as a civil servant in the Employment Department Group in employment exchanges he was a Probation Service Associate working with ex-prisoners, Employment Officer, Careers Officer and Resettlement Officer for people with disabilities and ex-Regulars.

He was then Rehabilitation Manager of the country’s largest residential rehabilitation centre for people with disabilities. Later he was a Management Accountant developing devolved budgeting systems for the Department’s premises. Then he was Enterprise Programme Manager developing self-employment, small business training and high-growth new business courses.


This was followed by policy and budget management for marketing government training programmes before becoming Head of Marketing for business improvement programmes, latterly the “Investors in People” Standard. Twenty years of management consultancy followed. He is co-author of Volumes 3 (Freight Marshalling Yards), 4 (Level Crossings) and 5 (Train Detection and Control) of the “History & Development of Railway Signalling in the British Isles” series, and Trains of Hope”, all published by The Friends of the National Railway Museum, York. He’s been an active Friend of the NRM since 1994 and was one of the four “schoolboy” founder members of the Great Western Society (Didcot Railway Centre) in 1961 and was its Honorary Secretary for several years.


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