Working in the projects department, I am responsible for the delivery of new trains - including design, manufacturing, testing and fleet introduction.
These projects last anywhere between three to seven years, so they come to define parts of your life.
The Class 385 is particularly special to me. Not just because of its award winning success. But it’s the first delivery project I was involved in from start to finish.
There were challenges. It was a complex project. ScotRail had to operate a service while simultaneously getting ready to transition to a new fleet, onto brand new infrastructure.
But equally the Class 385s topping Modern Railways new trains reliability table for the first year of passenger service was not due to luck. Long-term management and planning, while supporting ScotRail holistically, had a major part to play.