Nigel Harris - Managing Editor & Events Director
Nigel is responsible for all RAIL editorial and the brand’s growing portfolio of related business events and publications: the National Rail Awards, the National Rail Conference, the RAIL 100 Breakfast Club and the Britain’s Railways annual directory. Nigel spends a great deal of his time out and about– but he can always be contacted via his PA Stefanie Browne or directly by email. Nigel was appointed Editor of RAIL in mid-1995, just as the privatisation era was getting under way.
Since 1995, RAIL’s editorial coverage has been progressively widened to cover the whole spectrum of rail industry activity. Through its Comment, Insider, Wolmar, Insider and Route & Branch columns, RAIL has developed a well informed, compelling and often controversial group of highly-readable opinion and analysis sections which are regarded as important opinion formers.
Contact Nigel about any aspect of RAIL’s editorial coverage - especially with letters intended for our Open Access pages.
Nigel trained as a provincial newspaper journalist from September 1979, as a junior reporter for the Westmorland Gazette (a weekly broadsheet) in Kendal, Cumbria. He switched to transport journalism in November 1981 as Assistant Editor of IPC’s monthly news magazine Steam World. Nigel joined emap in May 1990 as freelance Editor of Steam World (acquired from IPC in 1983) before moving to Peterborough full-time in March 1992 as editor of Steam Railway. RAIL is the sixth national magazine he has edited – the others were Northern Railways, Trains Illustrated, Steam Days, Steam World, and Steam Railway,
A native of Lancashire and educated at Burnley Grammar School, with a degree in history from the University of Wales (Lampeter), Nigel co-founded Silver Link Publishing in 1984 publishing rail, maritime, light rail, bus, medical and country pursuit titles and he has around a dozen books to his name from this period.
Interested in railways for as long as he can remember, Nigel has been actively involved in steam railways from the age of 15, firstly on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, Cumbria, and now at the Great Central Railway, in Leicestershire, where he is a director of the operating company and a steam locomotive driver.