Chairman of the Western Region Board, and General Manager, Western Region BR, 1963-65.
Chairman of the Eastern Region Board, and General Manager, Eastern Region, BR, 1965-67.
Fiennes was largely responsible for pushing for the purchase by BR of the 22 English Electric/ Napier "Deltic" locomotives in 1959 (in service 1961-82). These were deemed necessary as they were capable of prolonged running at 100 mph (160 km/h), in order to compete with the electrified West Coast Main Line.
He was fired from British Rail in 1967 for publishing the book I Tried to Run a...... Read More