A train booker, incidentally, was a junior signalbox operative whose job was to phone signalboxes behind and in front of a passing train and then log the time and type of train that had passed.
The wages weren't good, though, and Brian left in 1967, just before the signalboxes were closed.
And as his latest piece enjoyed its world premiere last week, he was in the middle of an eight-hour shift at his signalbox near Aberdeen.
The signalbox at Insch is my own private world and I really do love it there."
'The signaller was unaware of this since there is no lamp indication repeater in the signalbox.
Jo Smyth, of Network Rail, said TI18 had an electric lamp but could not always be seen from the signalbox.
The 19th century four-bedroom house has a former railway signalbox
in the garden, a workshop with an open fireplace which used to be the passengers' waiting room and an old railway carriage, currently used as a chicken house.
The Railtrack man closed his isolated signalbox when water supplies failed to arrive and walked a mile to the nearest road before driving home for a cuppa.
"It's one of Britain's most remote signalboxes," the spokesman said.