About Me

I retired from Network Rail in 2009 after a 37-year railway career.​ This started in 1968 when I got a BR engineering scholarship through Sussex University. After which I took a 3-year break to run an irrigation project in Bangladesh as a VSO volunteer.After returning to BR my roles included Maintenance Assistant at Slade Green, Depot Engineer at Haymarket, Scottish DM&EE Training Engineer and ScotRail Safety Systems Manager
In the privatised railway I spent my time in projects in a variety of roles that included Quality, Safety and Environmental Management. My last job was on the Airdrie to Bathgate project where my role included the management of utilities.
Since retiring I am an an active member of the local canal society, Secretary of IMechE Railway Division in Scotland and a regular writer for Rail Media who publish Rail Engineer and Railstaff Magazines. 
Becoming a railway journalist was a matter of pure chance. The Rail Engineer editor saw my photos of Ardrie-Bathgate bridge demolition on Flickr and asked if he could use them in the magazine. After that I was asked to write an article on the Airdrie-Bathgate project. 
As of December 2017 I have written about 150 article of which my main topics are Scotland's Railways, Innovation and Russian Railways who in 2013 gave me an award for being their international journalist of the year.

In January 2017, I became Editor of Rail Engineer magazine.
Having written so many articles, and now a few editorials, I thought it might be an idea to put them on a website in the hope that others my find my collective writings of interest.
David Shirres
December 2017

Russian Railways international journalist of the year
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