Nick Pigott

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Nick Pigott
BornNicholas Hugh Pigott
Barnby Moor, Nottinghamshire
GenreNewspaper Journalist, variously Editor of:
Steam Railway; Traction magazine; and The Railway Magazine
Notable awardsIPC Media's Specialist Writer of the Year, 2002.

Nicholas Hugh "Nick" Pigott (born 1951) was the editor of The Railway Magazine, Britain's best-selling rail title between 1994 and 2015. After stepping down, he took on the position as the magazine's Consultant Editor. He previously worked in Fleet Street as a journalist for the Daily Express.


Pigott was born in 1951 at Barnby Moor, Nottinghamshire.[1] and educated at Bromsgrove School.

He trained on the Lincolnshire Standard, Nottingham Evening Post and Birmingham Post [2] before joining the Daily Express in 1975 and, after 12 years in Fleet Street, entered railway journalism. He was Editor of Steam Railway magazine,[3] a post held for four years, and then launch editor of Traction magazine, before moving to be editor of The Railway Magazine in August 1994.[4]

In 2002, he was voted IPC Media's Specialist Writer of the Year and in 2008 was shortlisted in the national Editor of the Year awards held by the British Society of Magazine Editors.[citation needed] On 22 March 2007, The Railway Magazine won the top prize at IPC Media's Editorial Awards ceremony.[5] Competition for this award was limited to specialist titles within IPC Media selling up to 40,000 copies per month.[5] One week later, 29 March 2007, the magazine's marketforce team won the Gold Cup awarded by the Association of Circulation Executives.[5]

The Railway Magazine and Steam Railway[edit]

The Railway Magazine was a long-running monthly railway magazine dating back to July 1897, but in 1988, whilst under the Editorship of John N. Slater (1970–1989), lost its position as "best-selling rail title".[3] That went to a younger competitor, Steam Railway magazine, which had been founded nine years earlier under the launch Editor David Wilcock.[3] Wilcock was followed as Editor by Nick Pigott.[3] By the early 1990s Steam Railway was outselling The Railway Magazine by upwards of 10,000 copies per month.[3] Slater's successor Peter Kelly (1989–1994) attempted to reduce the sales gap and that work was continued under his successor, Nick Pigott; who by then had moved over from Steam Railway.[3] In 2008, The Railway Magazine regained its position as Britain's best-selling rail title and has continued to increase its circulation ever since. Its current publisher is Mortons Media, which bought the title from IPC Media in August 2010.


  • Pigott, Nick (2016). The Rise and Fall of King Coal. Mortons Media.
  • —— (2012). The Encyclopaedia of Titled Trains. Mortons Media.
  • —— (2010). Keith Pirt Colour Portfolio: Grantham. Book Law Publications.
  • —— (2008). Fifty Great British Locomotives. IPC Media.
  • —— (1990). Steam Railway Book of the Year. Emap.
  • —— (1982). Gresley Locomotive Album. Bradford Barton.


  1. ^ Semmens & Pigott 1997, p. 17.
  2. ^ Johnson 1997, p. 14.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Pigott 2008, p. 3.
  4. ^ Semmens & Pigott 1997, pp. 17–18.
  5. ^ a b c Pigott 2007, p. 3.


  • Johnson, Andrew (4 April 1997). Inside The Railway Magazine. London: UK Press Gazette.
  • Pigott, Nick (May 2007). "Editorial: Magazine of the Year: The RM wins top award". The Railway Magazine. London: IPC Media. 153 (1273). ISSN 0033-8923.
  • Pigott, Nick (April 2008). "Editorial: We did it! After 20 years, The RM is once again ... The best-selling railway title in Great Britain". The Railway Magazine. London: IPC Media. 154 (1284). ISSN 0033-8923.
  • Semmens, Peter (1996). A Century of Railways: through the pages of Railway Magazine and paintings from members of the Guild of Railway Artists. Sparkford: Oxford Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86093-535-3.
  • Semmens, Peter; Pigott, Nick (July 1997). Pigott, Nick (ed.). "100 Not Out! The Story of The Railway Magazine". The Railway Magazine. London: IPC Media. 143 (1155). ISSN 0033-8923.