Pop producer talks of love of steam trains

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Pop impresario and devoted railway enthusiast Pete Waterman dug into a treasure trove of memories for a packed audience at The Forum last week.

Pete, part of the famous Stock, Aitken and Waterman music factory that took the Top 40 by storm in the Eighties, looked back on hits, misses and hilarious happenings as a guest of the Wensleydale Railway Association.

After leaving school to fire steam locos at Wolverhampton, he built up a successful career as a DJ before forming his own record label and helping to forge the careers of Kylie Minogue, Ricky Astley, Bananarama, Steps and many more top-selling acts.

By the mid-Eighties, Stock, Aitken and Waterman were responsible for at least one record in the Top 40 every week for four consecutive years.

Pete’s lifelong love of railways later saw him briefly own the Flying Scotsman before building up a successful locomotive and carriage restoration business at Crewe.

He is also a Government advisor on the modern rail industry.

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