Apart from my writing activities, I also carry out voluntary work for a national railway enthusiast study group, the Locomotive Club of Great Britain (LCGB). Through this work, I hold positions at both regional and national level for the LCGB, and it was through this work that I met Jack Turner, the subject of the railway biography ‘From Nationalisation to Privatisation‘. Jack was the founder of the LCGB as long ago as 1949, and has the honour of being ‘LCGB Member No 1’.
For some time, Jack had held a desire to write about his forty-six year career working in the railway industry. We teamed up to work on the project, the end result being ‘From Nationalisation to Privatisation‘.
In recent years, one of the most prolific areas of the publishing industry has been that of the many biographies written by people that have worked within the railway industry. Many of these excellent books have been produced by individuals who have worked ‘on the footplate’, in particular during the days of steam, a period of time which, although domestic steam use by the national railway system ended as long ago as 1968, retains a fascination for an eager reading public.
What is different about ‘From Nationalisation to Privatisation‘ is the variety of different positions held by Jack Turner. Jack originally joined the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1947, his ambition, as with many youngsters of those times, being to become a steam locomotive driver. However, although Jack became a fireman, events out of his control put paid to his original ambition. However, a chance conversation with a fellow railway worker set Jack on an alternative career path, that of a signalman. Jack subsequently rose through the ranks to become Chief Operating Inspector, located at London Euston, and responsible for many operational issues on two of the main trunk routes originating from Euston. Along the way, Jack held other positions, such as relief station master and booking office clerk. All this took place against the background of one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the domestic railway system.
Copies of this book can be obtained from the jacett.co.uk website and from myself, Murray Eckett, on firstname.lastname@example.org