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Chiltern Railways (Kindle)

The Inside Story

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By Adrian Shooter
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 92.6 MB (.mobi)
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Illustrations: 200 colour & black and white illustrations & a route map
ISBN: 9781526792518
eBook Released: 28th February 2022


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This book, uniquely, gives an insight to the business strategy and its delivery that underpinned the performance of one of Rail Privatisation’s greatest successes.

It also shows the reader some of the many ‘behind the scenes’ jobs which are essential to the functioning of a railway but which are rarely seen by outsiders.

Throughout, it demonstrates that a railway, like many other endeavours, is a team effort. Every employee is just as important as the boss. He can have a day off and it all still works. If a driver or a maintenance fitter, working on their own, make a mistake all hell can be let loose.

At a time of change, partly brought about by Covid, this book gives strong clues as to how the Nation’s railways might be more efficiently organised and run.

It is easy to read and copiously illustrated.

Review as featured in:

Rail Express

This is not a book for someone looking for in depth profiles of the Chiltern rolling stock, although they do of course feature briefly where appropriate, but a book for someone who is interested in finding out how and why decisions were made and how those decisions were delivered. It does not matter if you agree with rail privatisation or not this is a fascinating and excellent read which is difficult to put down. A well-chosen selection of excellently reproduced photographs and maps accompany the text. Overall this is a quality, well written and presented hardback book which is easy to recommend and good value at the RRP.

Diesel and Electric Modellers United, Winter 22 Issue

Review highlight: 'If you are interested in the story of railway privatisation and what is involved in running a successful Train Operating Company, this book is a must. Highly recommend.'

As featured in:

Railways Illustrated

Competition as featured in


A book that provides a valuable insight into the management of a railway company that is widely regarded as one of the success stories of Rail Privatisation in Britain. Each chapter is extremely well researched and eminently readable. The content is a balanced mix of text and photographs, with many of the photographs showing employees who made Chiltern such a success. All photographs are well reproduced and the maps clear without extraneous detail. Highly recommended.

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Rail Advent

"An interesting book by a top manager."

York Model Engineers Newsletter - March 2022

"Highly recommended".

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Modern Railways February 2022

About Adrian Shooter

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.

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