Railway heritage22 December, 2007
Yes, it’s true – I’m a closet anorakee!
In the mid-eighties, in partnership with three friends, I became co-owner of Errol Station (on the Glasgow to Aberdeen main line, between Perth and Dundee). We undertook considerable rstoration and opened it as a Railway Heritage Centre. In 1991 it won the Best Preserved Station in Britain title in the annual Ian Alan awards scheme.
This practitioner experience certainly gave me considerable insight into the problem of mixing the desires of purist volunteers with the need to develop a workable business plan.
This area of serious leisure – the preserved railway scene – is one I could easily be drawn into for research. An added bonus would be the perfect excuse to indulge myself in one of my favourite pleasures – an all-day breakfast on the platform at Shackerstone Station!