Hugh McQuade, the Chairman of both the LNER (SVR) Coach Fund and the SVR Charitable Trust, guarding the then five carriage Teak Train on a photo-charter in April 1997. The vehicle shown is the Gresley Brake Composite 24068 in its former SVR life and finish as British Railways' early-liveried GE 10078.
A step back in time. The Liverpool - Parkeston Quay Boat Train passing over the newly electrified lines between Manchester and Sheffield circa 1953/54. The front two coaches are TTO Diagram 186. Who knows, one or both could be ours?!
Visiting B12 class locomotive No 8572 hauls the LNER set past Sterns (October 1998) Photo Steve Allen
In the last of the day’s light, new-build Peppercorn A1 Pacific No. 60163 "Tornado" storms past Eardington Bank hauling the Teak set with the 15.00 26-10-2009 service to Bridgnorth. Photo Phil Jones www.aportraitofsteam.com
On Saturday 19th October, 43106 carried a wreath in thanks for the huge contribution
that Peter Simpson made both to our projects, and railway preservation in general.
A quiet, modest and supremely competent man who would turn his hand to anything from
steam locomotives to candlesticks, and was always ready to help and advise. When
Pete heard that we were planning the 24506 project he responded by making a detailed
survey of our starting point, pigeon van 70759, and preparing general arrangement
drawings of several possible LNER passenger brake vehicles so that the LNER Group
could chose which vehicle to construct. Pete's work meant that we were able to rebuild
70759 into 24506 with the confidence that it'd all fit together correctly and look
just as if it was built that way by the LNER. Then a few years later he did exactly
the same for our current project 9581! Sadly Peter passed away on August 24th 2019.
RG 19th October 2019
43106 Carrying the wreath in memory of Pete Simpson