The Author: Dr Clive Foxell CBE FREng was born in Harrow in 1930 and watched the ‘Joint’(Metropolitan & Great Central Joint Committee) Railway whilst cycling to school. On leaving school he worked briefly as a cleaner at Neasden LNER shed, before an apprenticeship at GEC Reseach at Wembley. He rose to become MD of GEC Semiconductors Ltd. before moving to the Post Office as Deputy Director of Research and eventually a MD and main board member of BT. In retirement he became a consultant, Vice-President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, President of the Institute of Physics and involved in various professional activities. Married in Chesham in 1956, he still travels through Metro-land, whilst his hobbies include railways, photography and model engineering.
He as written a number of successful books about the history of his local railways and other subjects such as the evolution of the cinemas in his area; as well as collaborating with his wife on other publications.
This has led to a series of lectures on railways, the history of Technicolor and the breaking of the Enigma code.