About Me

 

michael williamsMICHAEL WILLIAMS is the best-selling author of On the Slow Train, On the Slow Train Again, Steaming to Victory and The Trains Now Departed.  Michael is a journalist and academic – writing, broadcasting and blogging on transport, society, the media and other issues of the day for the national media and many other outlets, including the Independent, the Independent on Sunday, the BBC, the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian the New Statesman, the Tablet, the History Channel, as well as the specialist and business press. Michael is also a leading travel writer, reporting on journeys around the world for a variety of publications. In his academic role, he is co-editor and author of the book The Future of Quality News Journalism. Formerly, he was deputy editor of  the Independent on Sunday, executive editor of The Independent and head of news and features at the Sunday Times. Previously he was a member of the home news staff of The Times in London. In addition, Michael Williams is chairman of the Springdene Care Homes group in London and external examiner in the School of Media and Communication at Goldsmiths University, London. He lives with his family in Camden Town, London.

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Talking about the Home Front in World War 2 in an episode of ‘Combat Trains’ on the History Channel H2 in January 2016

 

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Michael Williams at the opening of the exhibition ‘Churchill’s final Journey’ at the National Railway Museum in York. His research and memories have been incorporated into the audio visual display around the restored funeral train

 

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Michael travels with Michael Portillo on the train to Goole in the episode of Great British Railway Journeys first broadcast on January 20 2015. The two Michaels are here on the platform at Knottingley in east Yorkshire.

 

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Here’s me on the 07.32 from Woking to Waterloo – the most overcrowded morning commuter train in Britain. I was there writing an article for the ‘Daily Mail’ in November 2014
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Michael signs copies of his new book ‘The Trains Now Departed: Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain’s Railways’ after giving a talk about his travels to an audience in Singapore
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Putting my imprint on my books ‘The Trains Now Departed’ and ‘On the Slow Train Again’ for the audience after one of my talks about international rail travel.
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Michael gives a talk on one of his favourite subjects to an international audience in Singapore.
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Photos of Michael

Steaming to Victory - Michael Williams on the West Somerset Railway'
Steaming to Victory – Michael Williams on the West Somerset Railway’
Book-signing at the Brief Encounter tearoom at Carnforth, Lancashire
Book-signing at the Brief Encounter tearoom at Carnforth, Lancashire

 

Michael Williams aboard the last dining car car, London to Edinburgh 20 May 2011
Michael Williams aboard the last dining car car, London to Edinburgh 20 May 2011
Signing for Orient Express passengers at London's Victoria station
Signing for Orient Express passengers at London’s Victoria station
On the Slow Train gets into the UK Top 50 paperbacks, at number 29, W. H Smith's Euston
On the Slow Train gets into the UK Top 50 paperbacks, W. H Smith’s Euston
Michael Williams is thanked by Jon Fox, boss of Docklands Light Railway – 'No-one ever wrote about us so nicely before'
Michael Williams is thanked by Jon Fox, boss of Docklands Light Railway – ‘No-one ever wrote about us so nicely before’
On the Slow Train Again on the North Norfolk Railway
On the Slow Train Again on the North Norfolk Railway

 

 

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