IAN BAXTER, Strategy Director at SLC Rail, cheers enterprising local authorities and other third parties making things happen on Britain’s complex railway

Third party pioneer: the second platform at Princes Risborough. Unit No 168113 passes the restored down platform with a train for Birmingham Moor Street on 13 August 2017.
Alan Wallwork

On 20 January 1961, John F. Kennedy used his inaugural speech as US President to encourage a change in the way of thinking of the citizens he was to serve. ‘Ask not what your country can do for you,’ intoned JFK, ‘but what you can do for your country.’

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