Adrian Shooter joined the Festiniog Railway Society, aged 14. He has had a 2 ft gauge railway in his garden for almost 20 years.
Meanwhile he helped run the school Railway Society and went on to join British Railways as an Engineering Graduate Trainee in 1970.
Rising through the ranks, he led a Management Buyout for Chiltern Railways in 1996 and went on to demonstrate that railways really can be a means of stimulating economic development.
After retiring in 2011, he set up Vivarail Ltd. which leads the way with railway Decarbonisation. He is also Chairman of SLC Rail.