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Meet Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews was a Barrovian by birth and upbringing. He trained to become a doctor and spent his higher education and entire professional career in the south of England. He developed a particular nterest in industrial medicine and in 1966 joined the railway as Area Medical Officer for BR Southern Region at London Bridge. By 1983 he had become the Chief Medical Officer of British Rail. Throughout his working life Michael maintained close links with his home town and applied much of his leisure time to recording the local railway scene and studying archive material on the origins and development of he Furness Railway.

A paper written during a university night school course was eventually published in 2003 by the Cumbrian Railways Association under the title “The Furness Railway In and Around Barrow”. This quickly sold out and was followed in 2005 by “The Coniston Railway” written in association with Geoff Holme, which is now in its third edition. At the time of Michael's sudden death in 2010 plans for the publication of his substantial History of the Furness Railway were still unfulfilled. Barrai Books came into being to help his family bring the project to completion.