Industrial Heritage Stronghold
Luke Perry Sculptor
This sculpture is a seven-foot portrait bronze statue and cast iron plinth of railway pioneer Adrian Shooter CBE and was unveiled at London Marylebone station, in pride of place on Platrom 1.
Adrian Shooter, who started his career with British Rail in 1970, is considered one of the leading architects of the modern railway, and the tribute recognises his huge contributions and accomplishments to passenger and freight services.
Shooter wasa fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Chartered Institute of Transport. He has worked at and led maintenance depots throughout the country, managed London St. Pancras station and held various senior positions within the industry.
Adrian is especially famed as the founder of Chiltern Railways and the Chairman of DB Regio UK, which later became known as Arriva Rail.
The statue, which was crowdfunded by current industry leaders and close associates of Adrian was unveiled in front of 100 guests with a keynote speech by ex-Transport Secretary The Rt Hon Lord McLoughlin CH PC and a thank you from Adrian himself.
Adrian Shooter CBE commented:
“I feel very honoured to be recognised by the industry in this way. However, I accept this honour only on the condition that it recognises the amazing efforts of the hundreds of railway men and women who I have worked with."
Richard Allan, current Managing Director of Chiltern Railways, said:
“It was a great privilege and honour to host today’s special event at Marylebone station.
Adrian remains well-known and extremely well thought of within Chiltern; the statue and train naming are a fitting tribute to Adrian and his many achievements over a long and distinguished career.”
In addition, thousands of pounds were raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association a life shortening and currently uncurable condition affecting the communication between the brain, nerves and muscles and affecting a person’s movement and mobility.
Steve Murphy, the Chief Executive of MTR UK, and former Managing Director of Chiltern, who was mentored by Adrian, and helped lead the organisation of the tribute, spoke at the event. He said:
“Adrian Shooter has selflessly dedicated his life to the railways. Adrian’s personal and professional career, innovative thinking and determination have left a legacy, the benefits of which will be felt far into our industry’s future. Adrian has spoken passionately about his thoughts for our sector’s future and, as an industry, we would be unwise to ignore his expertise.
This Sculpture applauds Adrian’s commitment, his more than five decades of service and his outstanding achievements.