Parry People Movers

Contacts and Links

As a new company founded in the 1990s Parry People Movers has called on the skills and facilities of many individuals and organisations – too many to mention. Sadly the time that it has taken from inception to experienced operational performance by our vehicles in a public transport several of the earlier key figures have left the troubled world behind.

Dr TF (Frank) Wright with his wife Emily.

Dr T. F. Wright, Economic historian and one time lecturer at Westminster College Oxford brought about the moment of realisation for the directors, a firm of consulting engineers in the construction industry and international development specialists, Parry Associates. John Parry, Andrew Gordon, the Hon David Astor, Nicholas Evans and Professor Malcolm Harper accepted Dr Wright’s observation that for major improvements to be achieved in clearing the slums and shanties in the growing cities, affordable rail based public transport technology in the form of trams would be vital. This required technical innovation to increase affordability of the light rail mode – and the People Mover was thereby conceived.

Prototype railcar with body separated from chassis by Clayton Equipment at their Burton-upon-Trent works with Proprietor of Trailways, Paul Faherty and PPM’s Head of Design, Paul Davis with the Chair of Lightweight Community Transport, John Hurdley, discussing work to be done.


Paul Davis at work on control and instrumentation equipment guided by John Handford, specialist in railway electronics and a PPM shareholder.

Soon after, the ‘Barmy Army’ began to assemble (‘Barmy’ because it comprised people and organisations who while realising what a long hard road lay ahead before financial success would ever be achieved, the potential outcome could be so beneficial that it seemed impossible not to back the new venture).

Key links formed with professional and trading partners, many providing help and advice that was gratis or at prices well short of normal commercial rates.

In some cases the associations and links came as newly formed organisations set up to build on the vision of tramway and railway – people movers that just like the original trams would make a massive difference – to the journey to work or to commercial centres.

Additional beneficial connotations attracted support from specially formed organisations which have retained their involvement ever since.

  • Pro Metro Operations Ltd, Train Operating Company.
  • Sustraco Ltd, Environmentally concerned railway promoters.
  • Light-Weight Community Transport, Promoters of railway reopening schemes.

The engineering challenges in taking forward the innovations of flywheel hybrid technology captured the interest of engineering firms, mainly British but one or two Germans, these include:

  • Clayton Equipment Ltd, Light locomotive specialists.
  • Power Torque Engineering, Specialists in clean fuel combustion engines.
  • Linde, Hydraulic transmission engineers.

    Hydrostatic transmission unit supplied by Linde.

  • Wilkinson Dynamic Balancing (WDB Ltd.), Flywheel engineers.
  • Trailways Ltd, Bus and coach repair Specialists.

    Body framework being assembled at Trailways works at Bloxwich near Walsall.

And more recently:

  • Strail, Embedded railway specialists providing level crossings equipment.

During the early trials and testing phase of the people mover concept PPM has depended on the cooperation of privately controlled railway companies with suitable infrastructure and a willing management attitude to put up with all of the unpredictabilities of prototype trialling.

PPM railcar prototype during trials on the Chasewater Railway.