Nigel Harris is the former Managing Editor & Events Director of RAIL, Britain’s market-leading magazine covering Britain’s railway. It’s known for its lively blend of news, pithy, informed opinion and informative features with the magazine frequently being the source of news stories and expert comment for mainstream media. Under Nigel’s leadership, RAIL became a key opinion former in the sector.
A native of Burnley, Lancashire and educated at Burnley Grammar School, he graduated with Honours in history from the University of Wales, Lampeter, in 1978. Nigel fell into journalism by accident, training as a newspaper reporter/features writer with The Westmorland Gazette, Kendal, in 1979. He moved into railway journalism as Assistant Editor of Steam World magazine in 1981 and has since edited six national railway magazines, including Steam Railway, Steam World and Trains Illustrated and he’s the author of around ten specialist books on railways and shipping.
As Editor of RAIL since 1995, Nigel has reported, and commented on, the privatisation of British Rail: its first decade and a half operated by the private sector and its more recent change back into a largely Government controlled industry. He is a regular source of analysis and opinion in the wider media of radio, television and national newspapers, including Sky News, News at Ten and BBC News 24, in addition to dozens of local BBC and independent radio and TV stations. Nigel has written opinion and analysis for The Times and has provided specialist rail industry comment for, amongst others, Radio 4’s You and Yours and its legendary ‘Today’ programme. He has also written for the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator.
Railways play a part in Nigel’s spare time too. From the age of 15, he has been an active standard gauge volunteer steam locomotive fireman/driver. He was also a locomotive driver on the Great Central Railway, in Leicestershire and director of the GCR plc. Nigel is also a founding director of the Loughborough Standard Locomotives Company which part owns and operates its own fleet of three main line steam locomotives, restored from scrapyard condition.