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Many enthusiasts manifest themselves in their writings. Many of the fortunate ones were also railway employees: some were employed in the public relations and publicity and were natural writers: one thinks of George Dow and D.S.M. Barrie. A few were professional engineers, some were on the design side (Cox and Holcroft) and others on the operating side (Dunn and Dick Hardy). Many were more difficult to place: C.J. Allen was a materials inspector, Nock worked for a major supplier of signalling systems. Ian Carter has written a book British railway enthusiasm, reviewed by KPJ in Backtrack. Denis Dunstone's For the love of trains has been purchased by Norfolk Country Library as someone must have noticed that the frontispiece shows Weybourne station with B12/3 No. 61572 standing in front of the main bibliographical collection on railways in Norfolk (the station bookshop). Photographers, like H.C. Casserley, have their own file.
This page is mainly intended to fill in the gaps with people like Alan Pegler and Tony Marchington who have contributed greatly to the preservation of remnants from the steam age. It is hoped that earlier enthusiasts may also be brought to light: Marchington and Pegler need not be paradigms there was T.R. Perkins who travelled the length and breadth of Britain and the chance find of a librarian (Appleby Miller).
Author of book about trainspotting and trainspotters, with a Foreword by Brian Blessed. Includes many pictures of the species, including some where swarms were observed. Also includes shed bashing, school parties and special trains.
Aickman, Robert Fordyce
Born 27 June 1914 at Hampstead, London, the only child of William Arthur Aickman, an architect, and his wife. Aickman's childhood, was unhappy, although the family lived in a substantial house, Langton Lodge, at Stanmore, Middlesex. Aickman attended Highgate School and began to be interested in writing there, but he did not then go up to Oxford or Cambridge, as might have been hoped. He entered a period of youthful drifting, writing some theatre reviews for the periodical The Nineteenth Century and After, but eventually finding himself alone at Langton Lodge after his mother left his father, who then fell terminally ill and ended his life in a nursing home. Aickman was eventually rescued from the severe depression this isolation caused when he began to attend the queue for tickets at London's Covent Garden Opera, and acquired a series of female friends and lovers. The outbreak of the Second World War brought this lifestyle to an end, but he declared himself a conscientious objector and won total exemption from war service. On 5 September 1941 he married (Edith) Ray Gregorson (1913/141983), a secretary whom he had met through the opera queue, but more from sympathy than love. They set up a literary agency together, and moved to 11 Gower Street in Bloomsbury, which was to be Aickman's home for much of his life. They divorced in 1957, and she later became an Anglican nun. In 1946 Robert and Ray Aickman, with Tom (L.T.C.) Rolt and Rolt's wife, Angela, set up the Inland Waterways Association, to preserve and enhance the canals of Britain, which were at that time in such a state of neglect as seemed likely to end in their ultimate disappearance. Aickman was chairman and Rolt secretary, and the organization quickly gained momentum and influence, becoming in many ways a model for the many campaigning pressure groups of post-war Britain. Aickman remained active and superbly energetic in the waterways campaign until 1964, and although his autocratic style of leadership provoked much dissension, it is nevertheless agreed that the salvation of Britain's canals owes more to him than to any other person. Rolt has written at length of how he to resign from the Association and in part turn his energy towards the preservation of the Talyllyn Railway. In 1951 Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard published We are for the Dark, a volume of six ghost stories, where each contributed three, but did not identify who had written which. Aickman was eventually to publish eleven more volumes of what he called ‘strange stories’, and he succeeded in giving new life to what had been classically an Edwardian genre. Between 1964 and 1972 Aickman edited the first eight volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories, to all but the sixth of which he contributed learned and stimulating introductions. His other published works included two fantasy novels and two volumes of autobiography, and many stories and plays remained unpublished. He was an inveterate leader and joiner of organizations relating to his interests in transport, theatre, orchestral music, opera, and ballet. Aickman was a shy man, who blossomed in public life: constitutionally solitary, he derived lifelong solace from relationships with women. He died at the Homeopathic Hospital, Camden, London, on 26 February 1981. At odds with the modern world, he left a permanent mark on it through his two disparate but oddly linked fields of endeavour. ODNB biography by C.A.R. Hills
Asher, Leslie Lewis
See brief obituary in Locomotive Mag., 1941, 47, 244: authority on Somerset & Dorset Railway; resident of Bath
Cambridge-educated cricketer and contributor to Railway World see CF du Vivarais 1990, 51, 492. Born in Failsworth (Manchester) on 23 March 1968. Educated at Manchester Grammar School and Downing College. Captained England at cricket and on retirement became cricket correspondent for The Times and a television commentator.
Bailey, Henry Trevor Selborne (Trevor)
Died 16 September 1991; educated at Radley and Caius College, Cambridge, thus being part of the link between Cambridge University graduates and the Festiniog Railway which included Alan Pegler, John Routly, David Lindsay, Francis Wayne, Allan Garraway, Gerald Fox and Mike Schumann. His undergraduate days at Cambridge are recalled in a beautiful short article in Railway World. which captures the magic of tghe streamline era. He knew Les Smith from the war years when as a raw recruit they had adjoining beds and shared the Railway Magazine. He was involved with both Alan Pegler and Les Smith in organising two special trains on the Eastern Region of British Railways, the Centenaries Express in 1952 and the Plant Centenarian in 1953. The latter train was probably unique in that the two GN Atlantics were brought out of retirement from York Museum specially for the occasion. One driver involved was Bill Hoole and on the first trial run, from Kings Cross to Peterborough, Trevor and Les rode with him. Bill became a friend. It was from Les Smith that Trevor learned of the efforts to revive the FR and Trevor in turn involved Alan.
In June 1953 he travelled with Fred Gilbert to visit the liquidator of the Welsh Highland Railway Company in Llandudno to see if through the WHR it might be possible to take a lease on the FR through some obscure power. That turned out to be a dead end. It was at Trevor's suggestion that his brother-in-law John Routly became involved, a wise move because John and Nic Nicholson were able to unravel many of the legal problems regarding the railway, enabling Alan to purchase the controlling interest in the Festiniog Railway Company on 24 June 1954 with an interest free loan from Mr Pegler senior. On an evening in May 1954 Trevor Bailey and Bill Broadbent went along to the Hyde Park Hotel where they were handed the cheque by Mr Pegler senior for £2,000 (presumably made out to the National Provincial Bank which held debenture stock in the FR Co.) that made possible the transfer of control of the FR. Trevor was a director of the FR Company from 1954 to 1966 and when the company was first taken over he was made its Commercial Director. He was also the Company's representative on the Society board and a Festiniog Railway Trust Trustee from the same time. He was editor of the Festiniog Railway Magazine from its first issue in 1958 until 1961 and before that he edited the "News Sheets" which the Magazine superseded. He organized the special trains from London for Society annual general meetings from 1958 onwards. Motive power for these included City of Truro and Flying Scotsman. For sixteen years he was a director of a family surgical instrument and hospital equipment company and from 1962 he was a director of Ian Allan Travel. Trevor's involvement with the expansion of Ian Allan's travel business was such that he retired from the Company Board but retained his connection with the Railway as an active Trustee. From Festipedia.
Born on 10 November 1922; died 9 May 2010. Educated Clare House School, City of London School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford where education broken for duty at Bletchley Park where he became a brilliant code breaker of Japanese diplomatic messages especially those from German occupied Paris. Became a senior civil servant notably as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Transport where he fought for easier access for the disabled (and elderly) to buses and trains. According to Faulkner and Austin responsible for acquiring Chinese KF7 British-built locomotive of 1934 for return to Britain. Also served on Heritage Railway Trust. Other material Guardian obituary.
Barnett, Arthur Lionel
Born in Southport, educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School and, in medicine, at Glasgow University. Author of books on Hull & Barnsley Railway and railways in the Yorkshire Coalfield. Former President of the RCHS. Died, aged 99 on 19 August 2007. Obituary J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2008, 36, (201) 49.
Bartholemew, Charles William
1850-1919: son of Charles Bartholemew. Wealthy with interests in coal mines and canals in Yorkshire. Liberal philanthroopist. Vice-President of Railway Club. Owned Blakesley Hall near Towcester where he had a 15-in gauge railway with US 4-4-0 Cagney and steam outline (petrol engine) 4-4-4T Blacolvesley. See Locomotive Mag., 1914, 20, 186 for Railway Club visit to Blakesley Hall and Rly Wld. 1961, 22. and Whitehead. Miniature railways. Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 69.
Born 1937; died 5 December 2005. Brought up in Kendal; educated in Harrogate and Leeds University Medical School. GP in Morecambe. Whilst studying visited Tebay engine shed and experienced footplate on Shap bankers. Participated in creation of Steam Town in Carnforth and owner of Jubilee No. 5690 Leander (Guardian obit)
Boston, Alfred John
Born 8 November 1908. As a boy he became interested in GNR and followed this by LNER, He was especially interested in signalling and in preservatiion. Joined SLS in 1928. On retirement on 20 March 1970 he was presented with an illuminated address by the Science Museum. He was a member of the Transport Trust, He died in August 1992. Railway Wld, 1968, 29, 531 plus web search.
Brailsford, Lionel Edward
Co-founder of the Stephenson Locomotive Society with Frank Burtt. Born in Croydon on 14 May 1875.Educated at Selhurst Park College, Joined London City Bank, later part of Midland Bank. A devout churchman. Died 1956. See Backtrack, 2009, 23, 564. and Stephenson Locomotive Society. A Centenary celebration, 1909-2009. 2009.
Died 5 December 1927 aged 77. Born 1849 (not in agreement). Hosiery manufacturer from Sandal (Wakefield). Collection of documents relating to activitirs of an ancestor named Briggs who was a contractor and presented to LNER York Museum on 31 May 1927 by his daughter. Collection now at National Archive at Kew. See Household, Locomotive Mag., 1928, 34, 49
Brown, Kenneth [Everard]
Born in Bedford on 19 August 1879; died 1 June 1958. Solicitor. President of the Railway Club. Member of delegation to Nuremberg to celebrate Centenary of German Railways on 7 December 1935 (Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 15). Ottley lists 7 papers..
Built a 9½ gauge railway on his estate at Crowthorne. Locomotives included a powerful 0-8-0 and a Garratt articulated. Burgoyne died in 1943. See Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 79
Owner of A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa, always known as No. 9 which he ran on the Lochty Railway. He became Chairman of ScotRail. Rly World, 1990, 51, 140
Born 1905; died 1993. diaries published as Diary of an early trainspotter: notes from the 1922-1941 diaries of the late Reverend Harold Carson; compiled by John Carson published 2010.. Similar in some respects to Webster. Notes on the three stations in Yarmouth as een in summer 1923: one with its buff M&GNR passenger locomotives and magnifiscent Midland carriages..
Charlton, Thomas Malcolm
Clemens, C.N. (Jim)
"Found" in the Brodick library on the Isle of Arran which in July 2017 had a copy of his son's (Michael Clemens) book Scottish Lowlands and Borders (Ian Allan, 2012). Clemens senior died aged 65 in October 1987. Within the preliminary text there is a colour photograph of the subject with J.I.C. Boyd and Boyd's wife at Redditch College in 1982. The book includes photographs by both thr father and the son and some of them are either interesting or of high quality and somties both. There is a website at michaelclemensrailways.co.uk.
Cobb, Michael H.
1916-2010: Michael Cobb was born in Hendon in 1916. He was educated at Harrow, then Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he studied mechanical sciences. He joined the Royal Engineers as a regular officer, was sent to Europe in 1940 and rescued on the last boat to leave the town of Dunkirk itself. Asked what he felt, he replied, "Having had nothing to eat for several days, extreme hunger." He spent several years in the Fort William area training commandos in Airborne Operations, principally map reading and orienteering. The personal highlight of this period was being allowed to fire, and then drive, engines on the Mallaig line. From Scotland he went to North Africa and the Far East. En-route he survived the torpedoing and sinking of his troop ferry in the Mediterranean – "an interesting experience." After the war he began surveying for the Army. A Colonel by then, he became Commanding Officer, 42 Survey Engineer Regiment in Egypt and Cyprus in the 1950s, and was Commandant, School of Military Survey 1956-9. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1964, he retired from the Army in 1965 and worked in cartography until retirement in 1971. His magnum opus, The Railways of Great Britain: a historical atlas, was first published in 2003 following 18 years of research effort. It eatned him the 'Railway Book of the Year' award in 2006, and enabled him, aged 91, to become the oldest-ever recipient ofa PhD from University of Cambridge in 2008. He died in East Devon on 23 June 2010, aged 93.
Obituarist first met Michael Cobb in the early 1980s when he came into the Exeter Central Library, asking to be given a list of 'reputable' [?] railway histories, and was referred on to him. From this inauspicious beginning a friendship developed, ultimately involving our wives, and on my retirement, continued with fortnightly visits to Exeter, where he received a regular update on progress of the 'Atlas', latest sketches, and enquiries. When his wife died Michael relied on his visits to keep in touch with R&CHS developments, particularly the Chronology Group. Perhaps the proudest aspect he felt regarding the 'Atlas' was how few errors there were [in spite of his careful proof reading, there were spelling mistakes, which occurred in the computer printing] as regards dating. He reckoned that after all the letters seeking to prove him in error were dealt with, the fina1 figure was 0.4%. Can that be bettered? Funeral at Honiton on the 8 July . I shall miss him very much. Don Steggles. Bull. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2010 (427)
Compton, Hugh John
Born at New Haw on 12 April 1928. Evacuated to King's School, Bruton where he developd an interest in Great Western locomotives and those on the Somerset & Dorset. After National Service in the RASC he joined the Southern Region and was latterly employed in the Regional Headquarters Office at Waterloo. He took early retirement in 1884 and died on 29 September 2014. He wrote three books including The Oxford Canal and one on the Isle of Wight ships durin WW2. He was a long time member of the RCHS. J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2015 (222), 260
Railway official with the LMS in the 1930s. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers during WW2, when he was given the responsibility for revitalising the Belgian Railways after liberation. At the end of the war he returned to his former post with the LMS and following nationalisation worked for British Railways until 1955. The Corbett collection consists of an album of postcards and photographs showing locomotives of the LMS, LNER, GWR and Southern Railway and to a much lesser extent, French and Danish railways. It also includes images of the Great Central, Highland Railway, Caledonian Railway and Great Eastern Railway together with nine train log books of British locomotive performances from 1932 to 1954, with Corbett's accompanying comments. NRM website: mentioned on p. 149 of Hamilton Ellis' London Midland & Scottish Railway
Cust, Sir Charles
Born on 27 February 1862; died 19 January 1931. Equerry to King George V since 1892. Claughton locomotive named after him which frequently hauled the Royal Train. Had also driven locomotive: see Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1931, 37, 65.
Drury, Geoffrey S.
Joint purchaser with J.B. Hollingsworth of Nos. 60532 Blue Peter and 60019 Bittern. Railway Wld., 1968, 29, 533..
Edwards , E.H.
Director of Surrey Border & Camberley Railway seeWhitehead Miniature railways (II) Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 58. Online surce noted he was agent for the receiver.
Elton, Sir Arthur Hallam Rice
Born in London on 10 February 1906, the elder son of Sir Ambrose Elton, ninth baronet (1869–1951), barrister, of Clevedon. Elton died in Bristol on 1 January 1973. He was educated at Marlborough College. From there, together with John Betjeman, he cycled to Swindon to haunt the Great Western Railway yards and buy the first items in his collection of books on locomotives and industrial machinery. At Jesus College, Cambridge, he took third classes in the English tripos (1926) and the second part of the moral sciences tripos (1927), and acquired his other major passion, the cinema, as a film critic for Granta. In 1927 Elton became a scriptwriter for Gainsborough Pictures, working in London and Germany. Four years later he was recruited by John Grierson for the Empire Marketing Board film unit (later absorbed by the General Post Office film unit), and joined the group of enthusiasts who created the British documentary film movement. He will be remembered for recognizing the importance of film as historical evidence in his address ‘The film as source material for history’ in 1955 (Aslib Proc., 7/4, 1955). Elton was a tireless advocate of the need to preserve film as carefully as literary source materials and he served as a governor of the British Film Institute, 1948–9. Elton was a lifelong collector of industrial art, artefacts, and literature. Edgar Anstey said that ‘a constant theme in his life was a love of order’ and he reduced to order his unique collection of pictures, prints, books, and objects recording British industrial development. After his death the collection, valued at over £250,000, was passed to the Ironbridge Museum in Shropshire. Elton had sponsored exhibitions in industrial art and archaeology before they became fashionable in the 1970s. In 1968 he revised and reissued Art and the Industrial Revolution, written by his friend Francis Klingender and first published in 1947. ODNB entry by D.J. Wenden, rev. Sarah Street. Vanns. Witness to change
Born in Perth, Australia in 1906. Came to Britain in 1925 and settled at Long Wittenham where he created a diorama of the railway and the village using cardboard for the buildings. See Martin Belles & whistles page 169 et seq
Fellows, Reginald Bruce
1871-1948. Roman Catholic priest & Canon. London to Cambridge by train, 1845-1938 [Ottley 1186] (Review by JTG in Railway Wld, 1976, 37, 221). Ottley 7940: A railway library: a list of railway books which was a very early Oakwood Press publication (1935). Member of the Railway Club. Letter to The Times 16 March 1932 entitled Non-stop express runs which began with Paddington to Didcot in 1845; Euston to Rugby in 1857; Kentish Town to Leicester in 1868; King's Cross to Grantham in 1876... King's Cross to Edinburgh in 1928. Frequent contributor to the Locomotive Mag. both artcles and letters.
Forbes, Samuel A.
Major Samuel A. Forbes died at his home in Perth on 14 March 1940. Major Forbes was a former leader of the Volunteer movement in Perth and became Major of the Cyclist Battalion, and later served with that unit in WW1. Scottish Railway activities were for many years recorded by Major Forbes, and his wide knowledge about the locomotives of the Highland, G.N. of S., Caledonian and North British Railways was considered most authentic. There is a reproduction of a photograph by Major Forbes in the first number of The Locomotive (Moore' s Monthly llagazine) published January 1896, and many other contributions by him have appeared at intervals ever since. He had photographed practically every type of locomotive on the old Highland Railway and had recently been engaged in the study of the old railways around Newtyle. Locomotive Mag., 1940, 46, 113.
born in Harrow on 27 February 1930; educated at Harrow High School and Acton Technical College. joined the electronics company GEC as an apprentice at its research laboratory in Wembley. While there, he also studied for a BSc degree at the University of London, which he received in 1954. Early in his career, he worked on lighting effects for several films and then in 1975, he joined Post Office Telecommunications as deputy director of research at Martlesham Heath (now Adastral Park), with special responsibility for microelectronics, materials, and optical fibres systems. In 1977, he demonstrated the ability of fibre optic cables to transmit telephone calls using a 13 km glass cable link to send a message between the telephone exchanges at Martlesham and Ipswich in Suffolk. From 1982, he was director of British Telecommunications Systems and, in 1986, joined the board of British Telecommunications plc as managing director, engineering and procurement. In retirement, he was vice-president of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and president of the Institute of Physics. He was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1990. He was a model railway constructor in N gauge and an expert on the history of the Metropolitan Railway. He died at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on 30 July 2016. See one of several books.
Director of Surrey Border & Camberley Railway seeWhitehead Miniature railways (II) Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 58
Frost, Kenneth Albert
Ken Frost, an eminent railway historian as well as a local history expert, died on 23 March 1999 after a long illness. Writer of numerous articles in the Railway Magazine, Railways South East, Great Eastern Railway Society Magazine, Essex Countryside and Backtrack, he also produced two books in the 1960s on the Romford-Upminster Branch and Southend Pier Railway, the latter being updated and republished in 1990. Ken was a thorough researcher and he could challenge or dispute some previously accepted facts and through his determination, caused some of these 'facts' to be rewritten. Ken was a member of numerous societies, including Hornchurch & District Historical Society, Great Eastern Railway Society, The Railway Club, East of London Family History Society, Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, Friends of the National Railway Museum, National Trust, Railway Development Society, and The Railway & Canal Historical Society. His passing leaves us with a great void that will be hard to fill, but he left us with an immense legacy of his researches. D.J. Carson, Backtrack, 1999, 13, 389.
Died on 8 April 1973 aged 52. He used the title Flight Lieutenent and produced The British Locomotive Shed Directory which went through several editions and there were supplements. He served on the committee of the Birmingham Locomotive Club and became chairman of the Industrial Locomotive Society. see article by Roger Smith in Backtrack, 2016, 30, 283.
See Vallance Railway enthusiasts bedside book. . Greville was Assistant Secretary of the Railway Club and makes interesting comments on people like Charlewood. and Potter.
Director of Surrey Border & Camberley Railway seeWhitehead Miniature railways (II) Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 58
Born in Savoy Hotel in London on 30 October 1894. Died in London on 17 December 1930. Educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. Composer under the name Peter Warlock. Interested in occult and with Cornwall and Wales. Wrote a substantial article on the Van Railway published in Locomotive Mag., 1912, 18, 13 and brought to notice in Locomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 34.
Hollick, Jack R.
Produced history of North Staffordshire Railway under pseudonym Manifold. He lived in Ashbourne and was possibly a GP (Dr. Hollick). Letter on Clee Hill railway
Joint purchaser with G.S. Drury of Nos. 60532 Blue Peter and 60019 Bittern; also owner of Class 5 with external Stephenson valve gear No, 44767. Railway Wld., 1968, 29, 533..
Death of Stafford man in 1940 who was a locomotive enthusiast who had worked in the LNWR Permanent Way Dept. at Crewe. He was an organist and student of church architecture. Locomotive Mag., 1940, 46, 246.
Hutchinson, Sir Eric Alexander Ogilvy
Born in 1897; died 1971. Scottish model railway enthusiast and builder of O gauge locomotives. Founded with Edward Beal MERCO of Dundee which produced lithographed sheets to represesent rolling stock sides and brick and stonework. In 2016 the Brighton Toy Museum received a collection of his models. Pretty wife May assiosted in this activity
Kinloch, Alexanderv D.
Owner of Farnborough Miniature Railway see Locomotive Mag., 1937, 43, 244-5 From the Railway Magazine, January 1965: 'The Surrey Border & Camberley Railway was, in its early days, the Farnborough Miniature Railway, built to the 10.25" gauge for a London merchant banker, Mr. Alexander Kinloch. The F.M.R. was begun in 1934 and by 1937 had about one mile of track. It proved extremely popular and its control was transferred to the S.B.C.R., a limited company. The railway was extended and finally had about two miles of track, of which about half was double. The main line ran from Farnborough Green, near Frimley Station, in Hampshire, on the Southern Railway, to Camberley. It was completely signalled. Motive power included five 4-6-2s, two Garratt 2-6-0+0-6-2s and an 0-6-0 tank engine. The S.B.C.R. did not take all the locomotives of the F.M.R. Passenger stock consisted, generally, of open bogie carriages seating eight people. The railway was closed soon after the outbreak of the second world war and the company passed into receivership, most of the track and rolling stock being sold. Director of Surrey Border & Camberley Railway seeWhitehead Miniature railways (II) Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 58
Layland-Barratt, Captain Sir Francis Henry Godolphin
Born 11 Dec. 1896. died 16 May 1968. Educated Eton; Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Grenadier Guards. Served WW1 when wounded, MC, invalided 1917. County Councillor, Devon, 1928. Lived at Torquay Manor. Direct of GWR. See Gt Western Rly J., 2010 (76). 205.
Leedham, Leslie Herbert
Born 1899; died 1971. Technical education at College of Technology, Leicester. Apprenticeship in precision engineering, was interrupted during WW1 when served as an engine fitter in the R.A.F. He became a draughtsman, and eventually chief draughtsman, with Wildt and Co. Ltd., Leicester, makers of textile machinery. In 1936 he became technical manager for that firm. In 1944 he joined Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd., as works manager, and on the change to Government control became Superintendent of Works and General Services,National Gas Turbine Establishment. In 1951 he was appointed Assistant Director of Production Development (Aircraft), Ministry of Supply. Papers presented to Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Design, construction, and use of some inspection gauges, Proc. Inst. Mech, Engrs, 1945, 154, xx. Some problems in the manufacture of experimental gas turbines, Proc. Inst. Mech, Engrs, 1950, 163, 281; also Leicester— a celebrated Great Central motive power depot. . Rly World, 75, 36, 60.. Rly World, 75, 36, 102.
Author of one of the significant Regional histories. Letter about his boyhood in Surrey reveals much about how his enthusiasm developed: see Backtrack, 2014, 28, 701. Robin Leleux lived for over 30 years in Northamptonshire before moving to Addingham in Yorkshire. He was an employment specialist, mainly in education, first with the teachers unions and theen for 15 years (before retirement) with his own consultancy business. He has had a lifelong interest in railways (both writing and lecturing) and is now an assessor and Chair of the Judges with the National Railway Heritage Awards.
Companion of Trevor Bailey and Alan Pegler: died Preston Hospital aged 84? see Rly Wld, 1971, 32, 432).
From Connemara to Cock o' the North (Newtownards: Colourpoint, 2002) is an autobiography: Connemara was a Midland & South Western Railway 4-4-0 and Cock o' the North was the Gresley 2-8-2. The book was written in Australia..
Lindesay-Bethune, David (Viscount
Born in London on 9 February 1926; died 1 October 1989; educated at Eton and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Served as a director of the Festiniog Railway Company from 1962 until his death, at the age of 63, in 1969. He started his career with the London and North Eastern Railway and then moved into the carpet industry. He maintained an active interest in railways as apart from his service to the FR Company board, where he was commercial director, he was the owner of ex LNER K4 The Great Marquess and a director of both the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and The Severn Valley Railway (Festipedia). He had always wanted his locomotive to return to the West Highland line and this wish was fulfilled on 15 July 1989 the Earl, although ill, saw his wish fulfilled when on 15 July 1989 he rode for the last time on the footplate of his engine as it departed from Fort William. .
Originated from Broughty Ferry from a well-known local family. In 1910 he wrote a two-part article on the Dundee & Newtyle Railway for the Railway Magazine. He knew both E.L. Ahrons and J.F. McEwan and was a friend of C.G.L. Phillips, a Dundee watercolourist. He was an accomplished organist and held the post of organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's Knightsbridge. He fied in 1959 aged 80. NBR Study Gp. J. 2014 (123), 49.
Lomax, Eric Sutherland
Born in Joppa, Edinburgh on 30 May 1919 and died in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 8 October 2012. He was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and joined the General Post Office on leaving school. He was a keen cyclist, open-water swimmer and railway photographer. He was a member of the Stephenson Locomotive Society from 1937. He is most notable for his book, The Railway Man, about his experiences before, during, and after World War II, which won the 1996 NCR Book Award and the PEN/Ackerley Prize; and has since been made into a film (motion picture). This describes his experiences as a Japanese prisoner-of-war, as an officer in the Royal Corps of Signals, working on the Burma Railway, being tortured, and his subsequent suffering due to inadequate post-traumatic care by the British Army and the care given to him by his wife Patti. Excellent article, based on a memorial lecture see Backtrack, 2016, 30, 412. and J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2013 (216) 52
McAlpine, Sir William
Born 12 January 1936. Died 4 March 2018. Educated Charterhouse. Military career in Life Guards. Has sufficient financial resources to be able to play at trains on the grand scale: Fawley Railway (full scale garden railway). Associated in ownership of Flying Scotsman and Pendennis Castle.
Owner of the Oxford Molecular Group and Cambridge Combinatorial, and sometime employer of one of KPJ's sons-in-law (and therefore impacted upon KPJ's movements), and sometime owner of Flying Scotsman. See Nicholson.
Maxwell, Henry William Austin
Robert Humm's Henry Maxwell, an eminent enthusiast J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2021. (241) 291-6, is far more than an excellent biography of Henry Maxwell as he states that he was was "one of The Great And The Good of the railway fraternity. They were men, often of wealth and influence, who got things moving in the early preservation era. They chaired committees, put their names to appeals, and often acted privately where officialdom seemed to move too slowly or lacked interest. They made it their business to be on good terms with senior railwaymen. Occasionally they were themselves senior railwaymen, such as James Ness, who put the four preserved Scottish locomotives to regular work in the early 1960s, and George Dow, who saved the Vale of Rheidol to the annoyance of his masters who saw it as an anachronism overdue for closure. Their number included Alan Pegler, the saviour of Flying Scotsman; James Sherwood, the Anglophile American who resuscitated the Orient Express; Patrick Whitehouse, who made vital contributions to the Talyllyn, the Dart Valley Railway and the Birmingham Railway Museum; Viscount Garnock, owner of The Great Marquess; the Marquess of Ailsa, who stepped in when the Isle of Man Railway was about to succumb; Sir William McAlpine, the second saviour of Flying Scotsman and owner of the most extraordinary private railway museum; and Ian Allan, who seemed to be everywhere all the time, boosting the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch, running special trains, organising the Great Cockcrow Railway, preserving the Pullman car Malaga and publicising it all via the books and magazines of his publishing empire."
Henry William Austin Maxwell (19091996) is a far less well known figure, in fact virtually forgotten. His principal public achievement was the purchase and restoration of the Pullman car Topaz, now on display in the National Collection (Figs 5, 6). He lived a discreet existence and there is only one known photograph in the public domain. Although there are gaps in the story it seems worthwhile to put his life on record while the opportunity remains. Born in Richmond, Surrey, on 11 May 1909, Henry Maxwell was the third generation of a wealthy literary dynasty. His grandfather was the Irish-born magazine publisher John Maxwell. His grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Braddon (18351915), a leading exponent of the Victorian sensational novel and short story. HShe dealt with mystery, the occult, crime and romance, and in the course of a long writing career produced over 80 full length novels and dozens of short stories. Mary Elizabeth also produced a large number of children, mostly illegitimate, before eventually marrying her common-law husband in 1874.1
Henrys father, William Babington Maxwell, was accustomed to wealth and grew up with rather entitled attitudes. In his early years he dabbled in publishing without any notable success, but by the turn of the 20th century had settled down as a novelist. In 1906 William married Sydney Constance BrabazonMoore. Their first child, Barbara, was born in 1907 and Henry followed two years later. At the 1911 census the family was still living with Mary Elizabeth (grandfather Maxwell had died in 1895) in a vast mansion, Lichfield House, Sheen Road, Richmond. With 21 rooms and twelve servants there was little pressure to move away. And to show how much these literary endeavours earned there was also a spacious summer residence called Annesley House, near Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
As a transport history footnote we may note that Henry, on his mothers side, was related to Col J C T Moore-Brabazon, the pioneer British aviator and holder of pilots flying certificate no 1. In the Second World War Brabazon became Minister of Transport in 1940 and Minister of Aircraft Production in succession to Lord Beaverbrook in 1941. He was ennobled as Lord Brabazon of Tara in 1942 and the ill-fated Bristol Brabazon airliner was named after him.
Nursemaids and pushchairs played a pivotal role in the lives of so many senior enthusiasts, and so it was with Henry. Holidays were taken at Folkestone, then a fashionable watering place, where the family usually stayed at the Royal Pavilion Hotel, the most prestigious hotel in the town (back cover). It faced the inner harbour and had a front row view of the railway viaduct. In its day the Royal Pavilion had hosted Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Sir Joseph Paxton, the Rothschilds and Charles Dickens. The nursemaid in question also happened to be the daughter of a South Eastern & Chatham Railway signalman. Thus it was no coincidence that afternoon walks often gravitated towards Folkestone Harbour station, a picturesque place where there were the magnificent sights of cross-Channel steamers, the latest express locomotives, boat trains, and the old wooden lighthouse. It was in 1912, Henry said, that his eyes first fell upon a South Eastern Pullman car. Nothing to my mind has ever equalled the richness and elegance of those SECR cars. They were positively regal, especially so at night when the station lights played on their ruby flanks. One saw through their shining windows the gleam of their beautiful inlaid veneers, the sheen of their leather upholstered armchairs, and the opulent pile of their thick carpets. The majestic Padua always seemed to me a veritable palace on wheels, and I used to envy the privileged passengers who rode in it to London.
Later, after the Great War, when allowed out alone, he would frequently watch the arrival of the evening Boulogne steamer, Victoria, Engadine or Biarritz, and the departure of the train for London. It was a spectacle I never tired of and night after night I would station myself by my chosen vantage point, watching the pair of R Class 060Ts leading and a third banking the dark corridors and refulgent Pullmans on the thunderous climb up towards Folkestone Junction station (Fig 1).2
It is not surprising therefore that Henrys railway affections were for the railways of south east England, their well maintained locomotives, boat trains, Pullman cars and cross-Channel steamers. Yet not exclusively so, as his later poems Main Line Express (thundering through Kentish Town, Chalk Farm or Bethnal Green) and Mammoth Preserved (Sir Nigel Gresley at Newcastle Central) indicate. His lifelong objective was maximum enjoyment.
Other reminiscences of that period included the Maxwells hiring an SECR family saloon for a journey from Folkestone to the West Country, presumably to the summer residence at Lyndhurst. His memory of travelling over the SECRLSWR connection across the concourse of Waterloo station must surely have been at fault for that link seems to have fallen into disuse well before his birth. We are all entitled to our flights of fancy!
Mary Elizabeth died in 1915 and a substantial share of the publishing business and copyright in the novels would have passed to William and Sydney. Their horizons broadened and Henry recalled numerous journeys by the luxurious Blue Train to the French Riviera where they mingled with the haute monde of the nobility and the stars of stage and screen. Facts about Henrys life between the wars are sparse. We know that he was educated at Harrow and Cambridge. He studied law and was called to the Bar but did not practice. In 1934 he was registered to vote at Harcourt Buildings, Inner Temple, possibly during his pupillage. His home address is given as 35 Brunswick Square, Brighton. By 1936 he was living at 11 Ashley Gardens, Westminster, still with his mother and sister. The rural sounding Ashley Gardens was a large block of Edwardian mansion flats adjacent to Westminster Cathedral and convenient for Victoria Station. Equally scarce are details of Henrys war record. There is nothing to suggest he served in the armed forces but it is more likely he was engaged in the legalpolitical side of the war effort, possibly at a fairly elevated level. He recounted on one occasion dining with General de Gaulle. Henry also knew Winston Churchill, perhaps on a personal rather than official level. It was after all his charismatic uncle John Brabazon who had been colonel of Churchills regiment in India, the Queens Own 4th Hussars, and had assisted in the advancement of Churchills military and journalistic career. Brabazon had been a friend of Churchills American mother, Jennie.3 Figure 1. Three class R1 060Ts head a boat train across the swing bridge at Folkestone Harbour, the scene of Henry Maxwells youthful train watching [Robert Humm collection]. 293 Post-war the outlines of Henrys life become clearer. For much of the 1950s he acted as Political Adviser to the board of Imperial Chemical Industries, at the time Britains largest industrial company. It was a post calling for judgement and discretion but perhaps not too much in the way of tiresome deskwork. There he must surely have encountered P C Allen, a future ICI Chairman, a notable railway aficionado and worldwide explorer of minor railways.
Richard Hardy, a lifelong friend, recalled their first meeting in 1953. Henry had written a letter to the Railway Gazette commending the glittering appearance of the King Arthur 30768 Sir Balin at Victoria Station. Hardy got in touch, inviting Henry to Stewarts Lane locomotive depot to meet the cleaners and footplatemen. At the appointed hour the ICI Rolls-Royce drew cautiously into the depot and came to a halt beside the canteen. Cars were in short supply in Battersea in 1953 so the arrival of a Rolls caused a sensation in itself. But this was nothing to what followed. A tall, bearded and distinguished gentleman wearing a wide-brimmed Homburg and a beautifully cut overcoat turned to greet me. Never had we been hosts to such bearded distinction at our old place for moustaches were out for Chatham men, never mind beards. He mounted the footplate of 30768 and Hardy introduced him to the chargeman and the four cleaner boys whose duty it was to keep the locomotive in perfect order. He spoke to them with courtesy, kindness and generosity, those fifteen-year old Battersea boys and the elderly, hard-bitten Chargeman, who had seen it all but had never met a Henry Maxwell.
Henry had subscribed to The Railway Magazine since buying his first copy at Waterloo station in 1917. He was himself an occasional contributor and a personal friend of B W C Cooke, the editor in chief. Always enjoying the locomotive performance and foreign travel articles of Cecil J Allen, the RMs star writer, Henry was aware that CJA was approaching both his 70th birthday and the 500th instalment of the Locomotive Practice & Performance series, and decided these landmarks should be celebrated in style. A grand dinner was arranged by Henry for Wednesday 6 April 1955 at the St Ermins Hotel, adjacent to the RM offices in Tothill Street, Westminster. One hundred and fifty friends and admirers of CJAs work assembled that evening.5 Figure 2. Henry Maxwell (right) making the presentation to Cecil J Allen at the Tothill Press boardroom on 26 January 1956 [Robert Humm collection, courtesy of The Railway Magazine].
It was the greatest ever gathering of prominent railway enthusiasts, writers, photographers, painters, editors, publishers, engineers and professional railwaymen.6
Lord Monkswell, diplomat, railway writer and traveller was in the chair. O S Nock gave an address on behalf of the guests. In reply CJA referred to the three outstanding elements of his life, music, the Church, and train travel. He made one rash prophecy, that the steam locomotive in Great Britain would outlast all those present. Alas, steam was to vanish within 13 years while at least two of the attendees were still with us 65 years later. On 26 January 1956, on the exact month of the 500th Practice & Performance article, there was a private reception for Cecil J Allen in the boardroom of the Tothill Press where Henry presented CJA with a handsome cheque that was the balance of the guest fees from the previous years dinner (Fig 2). The photograph reproduced here by courtesy of the present editor of The Railway Magazine was taken on that occasion.
Henry wrote or edited three railway books. The first, The Railway Magazine Miscellany, appeared in 1958 and consisted of an anthology of the first twenty years of the RM, conveniently covering the period before he became a subscriber (Fig 3). One wonders whether he had acquired an early run about that time.
Ten years were to pass before the publication of the next work, a slim 57-page volume of poetry, A Railway Rubaiyyat from the Golden Head Press, a private press in Cambridge run by the polymath Raymond Lister. Golden Head published some 57 books between 1952 and 1970, including reissues of works by Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, so Henry found himself in exalted company.
Of railway verse by recognised poets there is no shortage. In 1966 the anthologist Kenneth Hopkins gave us two hundred of the better known examples.7 They mostly engage the sensuous side of railways as observed by the traveller or onlooker, the smoke, steam, motion, clatter, the rush of vistas past the window, life on the platform and footplate. The poet does not need to know much about the inner workings of railways for this purpose.
Henry is different. He is one of that select band of poets writing with inside knowledge. He knows a semaphore from a Siphon D, and can recognise a Lord Nelson when he sees one. It is the reason for his appeal to a rail fan audience, a notably prosaic and technique-oriented bunch at best. The only others in his class are the Glasgow & South Western versifiers of the 1890s (Inspector Aitken et al) and in more modern times Dave Goulder, the footplate minstrel (Pinwherry Dip, The Day We Ran Away, The Rusty Pinxton Line).
A Railway Rubaiyyat comprises 14 long poems upon those aspects of railways that appealed to him most. It is written entirely in quatrains, mostly abba but occasionally abab. Fleche DOr, Fog at Folkestone and The Boat Express are all upon his favourite Pullman subjects. Splendour In Decline reflects upon a first-class dining car demoted to a permanent way bothy: Kitchen and pantry gone, the empty shell of what was once a travelling hotel. Lineside In Summer is the country branch line, soon to close. In Time of War turns to the exigencies of life at Newport, Mon, cheered up by the arrival of a Castle from Paddington.
The Boat Express is in fact Henrys contribution to the genre of name-check verse. He manages to list every station from Victoria to Folkestone, Past Born in Richmond Surrey on 11 May 1909; died Needham Market in 1996.
Miller, R.N. Appleby
Rly Mag., 1943, 89 (548), 378 recorded the death on 21 June 1943 of Mr Appleby Miller, a Librarian (FLA) on the staff of Newcastle Central Library. He was a member of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and contributed an article to The Engineer (18 September 1931) Link in the history of the locomotive concerning an early George Stephenson locomotive.
Monkswell. 3rd Baron (Robert Albert Hardcastle
Born 13 December 1875. Educated Eton and Trinity College Cambridge, but did not take his degree. Entered Foreign Office in 1900 and served in Madrid, Washington and Peking: he was known as Dozey Collier. The Times obituary notes that his real love was railways not diplomacy. On death of his father in 1909 he left the Foreign Office to pursue his own interests, but served in the Royal Artillery during WW1. He was a prominent member of the Railway Club: vice president in 1911 (Locomotive Mag., 1911, 17, 73). His first wife came from Colney Hall, near Norwich. He died on 14 January 1964. Rly Arch., 2012 (35), 27 and subsequent for extracts from his Notebooks recording locomotive performance both from the train and on the locomotive, Author of French railways published in London in 1911 (not in Ottley: reviewed Locomotive Mag., 1911, 17, 94) and The railways of Great Britain published in 1913 (Ottley 493): (reviewed in Locomotive Mag., 1926, 32, 408) both available as e-books (they are guides to the major railways) and Railways and their future (Ottley 493 rreviewed Locomotive Mag., 1947, 53. 14) which is possibly polemical. He was a frequent speaker in the House of Lords.
Montagu of Beaulieu, 2nd Baron [John Walter Edward
Born 10 June 1866; died 30 March 1929). He entered Parliament for New Forest in 1895, a seat he held until 1905, when he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords. During the WW1 Montagu was an acting member of the War Aircraft Committee from March to April 1916 and an adviser on Mechanical Transport Services to the Indian government (with the rank of Honorary Brigadier-General). He is chiefly remembered as a promoter of motoring and was the founder and editor of The Car Illustrated Grace's Guide. Locomotive Mag., 1929, 35, 135 notes: "went into the Nine Elms Works of the L. & S.W. Ry. in eariy life, and became not only a fireman but an expert engine driver. He was. a thonough enthusiast on all matters concerning locomotives, their history, construction and maintenance". His son established the National Motor Museum which for a time included locomotive exhibits.
Mowat, Charles Loch
Born in Oxford on 4 October 1911; died 23 June 1970. Educated Marlborough College and St. John's, Oxford. In 1934 he emigrated to the United States and took on American citizenship. He taught at the universities of Minnesota, California in Los Angeles aand Chicago until returning to Britain in 1958. He had hated McCarthyism. Largely Wikipedia plus Mike Fenton Backtrack, 2019, 33, 52 Author of highly rated Britain between the Wars and The Golden Valley Railway: railway enterprise on the Welsh border in late Victorian times. 1984.
Photographs began his photography in 1926 when aged 15 and at Marlborough School, but in 1934 took up a post in Chicago teaching English history and did not return to Britain until 1958 and died in 1970. His friend, Charles Clinker, placed his photographic collection into the care of Bristol University: see Steam Days, 1992 (34) 287 British Rly J., 1988, 23, 153 and 1990, 30, 22
Born in 1932: educated Sherborne School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Historian especially of ships and navigations, but also interested in railways. Artist. Died 2003. Obituary Grahame Boyes J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2004, 34, 636..
Patmore, J. Allan
Former academic (interest in landscape) and David St. John Thomas writer: see Journey through Britain pp. 534-5: otherwise invisble in bibliographical desert: so arid that it doesn't recognise that its has a landscape. Born 14 November 1931. Educated Harrogate Grammar School; Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor of Geography, University of Hull, 1973–91, Professor Emeritus, since 1991; Vice-Chairman, Sports Council, 1988–94. Railway enthusiast.
Payton, Robert Nigel
Born in Solihull on 27 August 1911. His mother died in childbirth and he was brought up by Kate Griffiths, a nanny, who stimulated an interest in railways which remained with him throughout his life. He was educated at a prep school in Colwall and at Sherbourne where Turing was a fellow pupil. He obtained a clerical position on the LMS early in 1930 and eventually became involved in traffic control, but sought early retirement in 1970. He died at Audlem in 2007. His youngest daughter, Ruth Moston, arranged for the transfer of his photographic collection to the Stephenson Locomtive Society. Backtrack, 2014, 28, 144 and letter from Ken Veitch on page 253.
Pegler, Alan Francis
Born 16 April 1920; died 18 March 2012. Educated Radley and Jesus College (but had to leave to manage family firm when father died) and friend of Trevor Bailey and Jo Lever (fellow enthusiasts whilst at Cambridge: see Rly Wld, 1971, 32, 432). For a long time was Chairman of the Northern Rubber Co, whose factory is still visible from the ECML as the train races through Retford. For many years entertained railway enthusiasts by the motive power employed on his works outings. These included Northern Rubber.s dining special to Blackpool in 1952, with 480 passengers and this led to him joining the Eastern Regional Board as a part-time non-executive in 1954. Another of his specials ran from Leeds to London hauled by preserved Atlantics. Henry Oakley and No 251 from the old York museum driven by the famous Hoole and Hailstone. The run was spectacular: 80 mile/h down Stoke Bank. Alan stuck up a close friendship with Bill Hoole, Bill joining Pegler on the Festiniog, In 1959, Bill Hoole took Sir Nigel Gresley on a SLS special from London to York. Demand for footplate passes was high. To solve the impasse, Alan, as a Board member, was asked to occupy the fourth position in the cab. How could he refuse? Alan remembers the exciting run; the train exceeded 100 mph north of Hitchin on the down, and set a post-war speed record of 112 mile/h on the return. Pegler acquired Flying Scotsman in 1963. See Nicholson. Pegler was also associated with the re-opening of the Festiniog Railway . Control of the Festiniog passed to the preservation team in June 1954, with Pegler as its first Chairman. See also David McIntosh The Flying Scotsman..
Pennoyer, Richard Edmands
Died 17 November 1968 (Obit. J. Instn Loco. Engrs, 1968, 58, 407). Born in California in 1885. Graduate of the University of California, then studied at Bonn, at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris and at Oxford. Joined the American Diplomatic Serive in 1912. He became Second Secretary under the American Ambassador in London in 1914. In 1919 he became Chargé d'Affaires in Lisbon and took an active part in preserving the Beyer Peacock locomotive Dom Luis of 1862. He was in the United Kingdom during the 1926 General Strike when he drove a locomotive and became a personal friend of Gresley. In 1935 he was a judge and inspector of the Saar Plebicite and shortly afterwards resigned from the Diplomatic Service and became a British citizen. During WW2 he served in the Ministry of Supply and in 1951 was one of the organizers of the transport side of the Festival of Britain. His friendship with Gresley led him to ask for the bell used at King's Cross shed which had belonged to the Lovett Eames, a Baldwin locomotive brought to Britain to demonstrate the Eames' vacuum brake. It was presented at a luncheon hosted by Sir Ralph Wedgewood and Sir Nigel Gresley during which Pennoyer advocated the 2-6-2 type and Gresley that this was one of the things which had turned him towards the V2 design. Pennoyer knew many locomotive engineers in many countries, including Dr Giesl Gieslingen.
Perkins, Thomas Richard
Died late 1952 or early 1953. Obituary Locomotive Mag., 1953, 59, 17. By 1932 Perkins, a "chemist" (presumably pharmacist) from Henley-in-Arden had managed to travel over all passenger carrying lines in the British Isles. He was married, but he and his wife took separate holidays (as she stayed behind to look after the shop)..
Tourret, R. Mr. T.R. Perkins: track-basher extraordinary. Br. Rly J, 2008 (74).74-9.
Locomotive Mag., 1932, 38, 450 noted completion of his task
Died 7 June 1940. Educated at Eton (1900-05) and at Trinity College, Cambridge. Served in France throughout WW1 in RASC Motor Transport and became Motoring Correspondent to The Times. Built a substatial collection of railwayana sold at Sotherbys: see Locomotive Mag., 1942, 48, 82. Letter in The Times (4 April 1942) from Frank E. Box regretting that collection had not been passed to Railway Museum at York, or to public library in Liverpool. See also Locomotive Mag., 1946, 52, 80
Powell, Michael G.
Donors of collection of early railway prints to Victoria & Albert Museum. See Darby
Died at Moseley, Birmingham on 1 September 1936, aged 46. He made a special study of private firms' locomotives and had compiled a very complete record of these. He was an expert photographer and had won several certificates for views of Warwickshire, at exhibitions.See Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 300.
Ruddock, John Greenfield
Born in December 1916: businessman who lived in Lincoln. Author of the Railway history of Lincoln and Clayton Wagons Ltd. Memorial to him on Lincoln station. See Humm J. Rly Canal Hist. Soc., 2015, 38, 252..
Director of SECR who gave Invicta to City of Canterbury: see Locomotive Mag., 1908, 14, 116 Also in Dawn Smith (but does not mention Invicta).
Scott, Samuel S.
Death on 26 September 1932 of Mr. Samuel S. Scott, of Stockport, aged seventy-three will be an especial loss to those who knew him through his hobby of collecting detail, of the history of the locomotives of the former L. & N.W. Ry. and its early tributary companies. As a guard working on the Euston and Manchester expresses, he had good opportunities for observation, and these he supplemented bv research in libraries and enquiries from old railwaymen, The railway officials also afforded him facilities for going through the old records at Euston and elsewhere. Although he took great pride in his records he was always willing to assist in clearing up obscure points in regard to locomotive history. Loco. Rly Carr. Wagon Rev., 1932, 38, 413..
Born on 17 September 1933; died 20 December 2013. Read engineering at St. John's College, Cambridge; worked for de Havilland Airctaft at Hatfield, but from 1962 to 1996 was a Fellow of Wolfson College where he established the Cambridge Advanced Course in Production Methods. Published The Crampton locomotive (Oakwood Press: 1983) which Miles Macnair calls a classic (Backtrack, 2015, 29, 415).
Steel, William O. (Bill)
Dr. W.O. (Bill) Steel was an entomology lecturer at Imperial College and model railway enthusiast. died in 1969 aged 51. Essery described how they rescued the LMS Engine History Cards from burning at Derby Works during the summer of 1966 or 1967 (both members of the LMS Society) . Portrait with short description of this appeared in Steam Wld, 1991 (51) p. 55:
Stephen, Ranald D.
Son of Church of Scotland minister at Inverkeithing. Went to school in Edinbugh. See also books
Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff was born on 6 May 1924 and died 19 January 2015. He was an Austrian-born British inventor and television presenter usually known as Bob Symes. He life long interest in railways included helping to set up private railways in Switzerland and across the United Kingdom. He established The Border Union Railway Company in 1969, to restore, maintain and introduce new services along the then recently abandoned Waverley Line between Edinburgh and Carlisle. His interest in model railways included a 300 metres long Gauge 1 railway in his garden at Honeysuckle Bottom, near East Horsley, Surrey, followed by a 10¼ railway. His family opened the railway every year to raise funds for the BBC's Children In Need, where visitors could take tea and cake and also see his collection of vintage tractors. Telegraph obituary 31 January 2015.
Thompson, William Briggs
Died 13 December 1962 aged 95 (96 according to The Times): educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar in 1892. Until his retirement at the age of 90 he was a familiar figure at the Law Courts where he reported law cases for The Times and he edited “Commercial Cases,” a series of reports for the use of business men. Although not an engineer by training his greatest interest was, perhaps, the steam locomotive and he was known by many railway chief officers both in this country and abroad. It is not without interest that his grandfather bought Stephenson’s Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and used it for hauling his coal trains. After his grandfather’s death his widow presented the Rocket to the South Kensington Museum. Thompson was a regular letter writer to the Locomotive Magazine and was prepared to challenge other letter writers of considerable standing, such as Holcroft. Thompson, had been an Associate of the Institution of Locomotive Engineers since 1918.
Extract from page 6 of a Midland Record presumably photocopied at NRM, but source not recorded! William Briggs Thompson was one of the most prolific letter writers to the engineering press on the subject of steam locomotives, Educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford, he was called to the bar in 1892 and between 1918 and 1941 edited commercial cases for The Times. His family had shipbuilding and railway interests, and his grandfather bought Stephenson's Rocket from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, to haul coal trains on the Brampton Railway, The locomotive was presented to the South Kensington Museum by Thornpson's grandmother following her husband's death, A man of independent means, Thompson travelled widely from the 1880s onwards in both Europe and America, He joined the Institution of Locomotive Engineers in 1918 and was well known to many r ailway senior officers both at home and abroad, In December 1939 he wrote in The Locomotive:
'Beauty is a matter of personal opiniiori, but I think most people would agree with me in saying that Johnson \was the grcatest artist, not even exceptirg .Joseph Beattie or Wi lliam Stroudley'that the locornotivc department of a Bnush way has ever produced.
Obituary: J. Instn Loco. Engrs., 1962, 52, 498. Article on American observations Locomotive Mag., 1936, 42, 354. Letter on French compounds. Locomotive Mag., 1945, 51, 109 Letter challenging Hamilton Ellis's article on Joseph Beattie. Locomotive Mag., 1941, 47, 244.
Born in 1905; educated Mill Hill School. Worked for family firm of George Allen & Unwin. Book: Travelling by train in the 'twenties and 'thirties. London: Allen & Unwin, 1981. Obviously a friend of Hamilton Ellis and responsible for excellent physical quality of his early books.
Walker, Herbert Thomas
Death at his home at South Orange, New Jersey, on 26 January 1931. Born in London in 1857, was for a time in the office of Lloyd Wise & Co., patent agents, of Lincoln's Inn Fields. He went to the United States in the early 1880s and was connected with the Scientific American as a draughtsman for forty years. His hobby was compiling the history of railways and their locomotives, both British and American. From time to time Locomotive Mag. published articles written and illustrated by Walker, notably those on the Bodmer locomotives, the last of which appeared in our February issue. A collection of 200 of his drawings will be found in the Rosenwald Industrial Museum, to be opened in connection with the Chicago Exposition of 1933. Obituary Locomotive Mag., 1931, 37, 105
Railway enthusiast wife of Anglican clergman who collected railway memorabilia. Railway Wld, 1968, 29, 550.
Waterman, Peter Allan [Pete]
Born 15 January 1947 (Who's Who) Made his tin from managing stars in popular music. Has shown an interest in acquiring diesel locomotives and running trains. For a time had a stake in Flying Scotsman. Considerable amount of material relating to him on the Internet, but little of it relates to his railway enthusiasm.
Webster, V. R[ay]
Obituary notice by Paul Karau (Br. Rly J. (37) p. 352) records that Ray Webster was born in Reading in 1912, was educated Reading School, became a textiles salesman, served during WW2 in Leicestershire Regiment, rose through ranks to Captain, retrained as teacher, taught geography, became headmaster, retired 1972, died 3 March 1991. His diaries are one of the joys of British Railway Journal. His record photographs are significant, especiallyy those taken during WW2.
The Diaries of V.R. Webster. [Part 1]. 262-4.
Begins with a brief autobiographical introduction which includes the presumption that the author was writing a book ["when writing this book"]. Includes diagram of SECR station at Reading and illus. of 2-4-0T Shanklin at Ryde Esplanade on 29 May 1922. Part 2 page 293.
The Diaries of V.R. Webster. Part 17. Br. Rly J., 8, 297-308.
Subtitled the Chronicles of a Welsh tour beginning on 25 July 1931 using a GWR Circular Tour Ticket.
War time on Hatton Bank, Gt. Western Rly J., 2015, 12, 401
Including LNER J25 and US S160 on Bank
See letter in Locomotive Mag., 1958, 64, 20 on changes in motive power as reflected in that journal and the thrill of seeing a powerful electric locomotive startinng a heavy train
Whitworth, William Henry
See also as photographer; Born 1891. Died 21 April 1957 aged 66. Educated Manchester Grammar School. Dental surgeon in Cheetham, Manchester. Enthusiastic member of Stephenson Locomotive Society and RCTS. Photographer of LNWR and LYR locomotives. Portrait of him in cab of LNER No. 10000. Rly Wld., 1957, 18, 189.
1863-1933: historian of London's railways: see Rly Wld., 1988, 49, 134 (includes portrait)