Andy Savage, born 1952, trained as a railway civil engineer and worked in Nottingham and Gloucester before going to South Wales and becoming Divisional Engineer for the region. He later became Deputy Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department of Transport. His wide experience in railway heritage, particularly in the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways, brought him eventually to his current role as Executive Director of the Railways Heritage Trust – giving out grants to conserve railway buildings and structures of special architectural or historical interest.
He tells us about his career, the role of the Railway Heritage Trust and talks us through some of the Trust’s projects at King’s Cross – including the War Memorial – during the recent redevelopment of the station. He explains how to re-purpose your Signal Box when many are perilously near the tracks, and outlines various other favourite projects.
Story and photographs by Sarah Monk