Adrian Shooter

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Adrian Shooter

CBE FREng FIMechE[1]
Adrian Shooter in 2014
Adrian Shooter

November 1948 (age 70)
ResidenceSteeple Aston, North Oxfordshire, Great Britain[1][2][3][4]
Years active1970s–
Spouse(s)Barbara Shooter
Adrian Shooter's steam engine of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway on the Beeches Light Railway
Adrian Shooter's draisine of the type 'Ford Model T' on the Beeches Light Railway

Adrian Shooter CBE FREng FIME (born November 1948) is a British transport executive.[1]

Shooter joined British Rail in the 1970s as a management trainee.[5] During the privatisation of British Rail he headed up the M40 Trains management buy-out consortium that would become Chiltern Railways.[5] Shooter became chairman of DB Regio UK Ltd, and retired from Chiltern and DB Regio in December 2011.[6][7]

He is currently (as of January 2019) chairman of Vivarail, a company aiming to heavily overhaul London Underground D78 Stock and upcycle them into new British Rail Class 230 DEMUs.[8][9]

Shooter is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Chartered Institute of Transport.[5] He is chairman of the West Midlands and Oxfordshire region of the Confederation of British Industry, chairman of Bicester Vision, director of Wabtec, and was chair of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership for three-and-a-half years until late-2015.[10][11]

In 2013 Shooter became chairman of Moorland and City Railways, and one of the vice-presidents of Railfuture along with Lord Adonis, Chris Green, Roger Ford and Barry Doe.[12] In the New Year Honours 2010 Shooter was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to the rail industry".[10][13][14]

Adrian Shooter is chairman of the Model 'A' Ford Club of Great Britain.[15] In 2014 his Model 'A' suffered a seized bearing during a classic rally race in Myanmar.[16] He owns the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Class 'B' steam locomotive 778 (originally No. 19),[17][18] which he operates on the Beeches Light Railway in the grounds of his residence in Oxfordshire.[2][3][4][19][20] Carriages to accompany the locomotive were commissioned from Boston Lodge works.[21][22][23]

Shooter also owns an Indian Hindustan Ambassador car,[19][22][23] and a replica Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad 'Model T' inspection locomotive commissioned from the Statfold Barn Railway.[24]


  1. ^ a b c "Banburyshire residents given New Year's Honours". Banbury Guardian. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2015. Chiltern Railway chairman Adrian Shooter, who lives in Steeple Aston, was made a CBE.
  2. ^ a b Hearn, Dan (28 May 2010). "Rail boss with a special train set". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 10 December 2015. three-acre estate at Steeple Aston, near Bicester.
  3. ^ a b Debroy, Bibek (1 January 2016). "Locomotive number 778". Business Standard. India. owns Beeches Light Railway. Indeed, it operates out of his residence in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire.
  4. ^ a b Sharma, Anuradha (14 August 2014). "An Indian Relic in Oxfordshire". Forbes India. Retrieved 13 January 2015. Shooter bought an "arts and crafts" style house in Steeple Aston village, shipped in a Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) steam locomotive and set up his own private railway—the Beeches Light Railway—in his three-acre garden.
  5. ^ a b c Plisner, Peter (February 2012). "Rail Professional interview: Adrian Shooter". Rail Professional. Archived from the original on 23 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Press statement from Adrian Shooter" (Press release). 19 June 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  7. ^ Brown, Graeme (1 July 2011). "Adrian Shooter to retire as Chiltern Railways chairman". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  8. ^ Sam McCaffrey (23 January 2015). "'Why not do some re-engineering?' Adrian Shooter on the Vivarail D-Train". Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  9. ^ "About Vivarail". Vivarail. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  10. ^ a b People. Oxfordshire Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Archer, Megan (2 November 2015). "Driver of economic development hands wheel over after successful three years". The Oxford Times. Retrieved 13 January 2016. chairman of Oxfordshire's Local Enterprise Partnership has stepped down after a "successful" three-and-a-half years.
  12. ^ Alderson, Jerry (March 2013). "Railfuture West Midlands Newsletter 126". Railfuture West Midlands. No. 126. Railfuture West Midlands. pp. 2, 8. Retrieved 14 January 2016. five 'big hitters' to become vice presidents of Railfuture: Lord Adonis, Adrian Shooter, Chris Green, Roger Ford and Barry Doe. … In May 2012 … Adrian Shooter CBE (who is a Railfuture vice president) became MCR chairman.
  13. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (1st supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 8.
  14. ^ "Order of the British Empire: Commanders of the Order of the British Empire" (PDF). Queen's List. BBC News. 29 December 2009. p. 15. Retrieved 13 January 2015. Adrian Shooter. Chairman Chiltern Railway Company Ltd. For services to the Rail Industry. (Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire)
  15. ^ "Contact us". Model 'A' Ford Club of Great Britain. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  16. ^ Hall, Peter (3 February 2014). "Classic cars in the Road to Mandalay rally: week 2". The Daily Telegraph. Adrian and Barbara Shooter's 1930 Ford Model A was temporarily sidelined by a seized wheel bearing
  17. ^ "One of the original 'B Class' Sharp Stewart Steam Locomotive Comes Home". Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  18. ^ Yang, Alice (11 November 2011). "Interview: Adrian Shooter". Felix Online. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  19. ^ a b Sinha, Kounteya (18 September 2014). "Love for Darjeeling toy train makes Briton buys off world's oldest surviving locomotive". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 January 2016. model number 778 … run it in his personal garden … tracks over 1.5 km is in the form of a loop … Ambassador car that runs by the train when it chugs through his garden to give it a real feel of Darjeeling. … station that looks exactly like the original Sukna station
  20. ^ Aklekar, Rajendra B (16 March 2016). "Steam railways, heritage lines remain neglected in India". Forbes India. Retrieved 6 April 2016. A Darjeeling Himalayan Railway B-class steam locomotive that originally went to an American museum now runs on a private steam railway belonging to British rail expert Adrian Shooter in Oxfordshire.
  21. ^ Dimmick, R (4 May 2012). New Build – Darjeeling Himalaya Railway Carriages (brochure). Boston Lodge Engineering. Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. pp. 9, 11. Retrieved 10 December 2015.
  22. ^ a b Sinha, Kounteya (19 September 2014). "Oldest toy train chugs through British garden". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 January 2016. two replicas of DHR carriages were constructed at the Boston Lodge Works of the Ffestiniog Railway. These and the locomotive run in Adrian Shooter's private garden railway.
  23. ^ a b Sinha, Kounteya (20 September 2014). "A Darjeeling joyride in a British garden". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  24. ^ "July fun for all the family on the rails!". 27 May 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2016. Model T railcar … based on a Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railway (Maine, USA) Superintendent's Inspection Car. … built for Adrian Shooter at the Statfold Barn Railway in 2008 and resides at Adrian's private Beeches Light Railway