To­ton week­end was a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence

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What mem­o­ries Pip Dunn’s fea­ture on the To­ton Open Week­end in 1998 brought back ( RAIL 860). But his mem­ory is play­ing tricks on him - I wasn’t at the break­fast be­fore the event and ac­tu­ally missed the event, hav­ing left EMAP some months ear­lier.

That said, in my then role as Com­mer­cial Man­ager for the rail­way ti­tles, I had spent a con­sid­er­able time at To­ton with the EWS me­dia team and the To­ton de­pot team, plan­ning the event. I re­call the ideas at the ini­tial plan­ning meet­ing were very low-key, but there was a real ‘can do’ at­ti­tude from all con­cerned to the ideas and sug­ges­tions raised.

To me, this was a breath of fresh air, hav­ing seen a real change fol­low­ing pri­vati­sa­tion of the rail­way and Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive rules be­ing fre­quently quoted as the rea­son that things could not be done.

When I sub­se­quently re­joined the ed­i­to­rial team at RAIL, I was given the role of help­ing to project man­age the Old Oak Com­mon event two years later. This was much eas­ier to vi­su­alise, and the ex­pe­ri­ence of the en­tire

RAIL team from the To­ton event was ex­tremely use­ful.

I also man­aged to in­clude my in­ter­est in buses, and get Lon­don op­er­a­tor Metro line on board to pro­vide a free bus shut­tle from Willes­den Junc­tion and Ac­ton to nearby the de­pot en­trance.

Then I did it again… I left RAIL be­fore the event, but in my role at Vir­gin Trains I was able to sup­port the trans­porta­tion to the de­pot of a Pen­dolino Driv­ing Car (which was un­veiled dur­ing the event), as well as in­clud­ing at least one Class 47 nam­ing. Steve Knight, Peter­bor­ough

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