Adrian Curtis

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
About the Speaker...

Adrian Curtis is a journalist, editor, historian and author who spent the bulk of his professional career covering football at the highest level for the Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard and the Press Association, including Champions League and World Cups across the globe. He has also worked for numerous local newspapers and was a member of the launch team behind the triple award-winning Cambridge Independent. He has devoted his life to researching the Western Class locomotives, having followed them for the last five years of their lives in the 1970s. This year (2020) marks his 41st year of researching the fleet, more than four decades in which he has uncovered some remarkable facts. His first book on the class was published in 1978 and he has since written 20 in total and contributes regularly to railway magazines. He is regarded as a noted and respected expert on the class and is a member of both the Society of Authors and the National Union of Journalists.

About his Talks...

My talks are presented with Powerpoint illustrations. To give a presentation, I will require the venue to supply a projector and laptop and you’ll need an HDMI cable too – I will bring my material on a USB drive.


FREE, except for travelling expenses if more than 10 miles from starting base in Peterborough, Cambs. Petrol receipt will be supplied.

My Contact Details:

07715 881279

Westerns on the West of England main line

Join the speaker on a photographic journey from Paddington to Penzance and South Wales illustrated by a variety of photographs from the author’s collection across all livery eras. The talk includes a myriad of interesting anecdotes and facts as well as some wonderful photographs taken during the lives of the fleet.



Westerns: Design, Names and Liveries

The speaker takes the audience on a return journey to the very advent of the Western fleet focusing heavily on his own research, the author brings to life how the Westerns were designed and by who, how the liveries finally came about and how their names were finally arrived at. It includes one of the first images of the mythical ‘Black’ Western now in the author’s collection and set to see the light of day in the Western Chronicles book series.

Corporate Crazy: Blue livery and the Westerns

Did they really wear the mythical ‘chromatic’ blue livery? Well, thanks to newly discovered research the full details of the Westerns and their repainting into corporate blue plus the full story why some members of the class were labelled with being painted into ‘chromatic’ blue, can now be told. It makes for a fascinating and eye-opening presentation evening that will have the audience harking back to the good old days of hydraulic power.

Adrian Curtis Contact Details:

07715 881279

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