Early Life

I was born in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey and lived for many years in East Molesey (near Hampton Court).  It was a typical community of the 1940s and 50s - both sets of grandparents lived within a 5 minute walk, as did a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.  Most of us were members at East Molesey Methodist Church where most social activity took place and as a child I found it difficult to establish in my mind which ‘aunts’ were actual relations and which were just family friends.

I attended Surbiton County Grammar School for Boys from 1949-51, and then received a Surrey CC ‘assisted place’ at Charterhouse Public School, where I was a boarder from 1951-56.  I became a ‘Gownboy’ House Monitor and a School ‘Library Monitor’ and failed to distinguish myself at any games although I was the 1st eleven cricket scorer and an intrepid umpire.  My tastes were more to painting oil pictures (of trains) in the art studio or developing the small school Railway Society into a force to be reckoned with!

I attend the annual Gownboy dinners as often as I can and belong to the Old Carthusian Association of those working in the City - I count my London based Board charity meetings as qualifying me for this!


University College London (UCL)
I became a student on the German Language & Literature course in 1957 and graduated in 1960. I specialised in my second year on ‘Stylistic analysis of twelfth and thirteenth century German epic poetry’ which fitted me (of course) for a career in the railway industry.   I lived at home (in Woking) during this period and commuted daily by train.  I was a member of the college ‘Meth Soc’ at the Hinde Street chapel and the college Railway Society and an enthusiastic member of the college 3rd league Table Tennis team.  We even got promoted to the 2nd league in my final year.

I’m trying to contact former members of the Department via the College Alumni network to see if we can arrange a reunion sometime - if any of you see this, e-mail me at Maidmentrail@aol.com

Current Family Life
I am married to Pat and have three adult children, Helen, Catherine and Chris plus three small grandchildren, Emma and Sophia in Nairobi and Joel in Manchester.  I live in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Membership of Networks and Societies
I am a member of the following organisations:

Retired Railway Officers’ Society (RROS) (Past President)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Commerce (RSA)

I was awarded the OBE for services to the railway industry in 1996.

I was awarded the Railway Staff ‘Life Achievement Award’ at the annual Awards ceremony at the IEC Birmingham, 2012.

I was awarded the Champion ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ for Cheshire & Flintshire Scottish Power & Trinity Media Awards, Chronicle newspapers, 2012

I can be reached at Maidmentrail@aol.com or via Facebook. 

Personal phone numbers 01270 627170 or mobile 07702 889918.