Referring to Julian Brownridge's letter (NCE 21 February) I also find Railtrack's shortages unexplainable. I wrote to Railtrack when I first heard of the 'shortages' of engineers and executives only to receive a curt letter 'don't call us, we will call you'.
As an out of work ICE member who was trained originally by the old Western Region of British Rail, I find it strange that they dismiss all offers of help. In my small home town there are two members out of work. Is it our age, perhaps?
Richard Brookes, Chennell Park Road, Tenterden, Kent TN30 6XA