PETER WESTMACOTT

Steam Railway (UK) - - News -

En­thu­si­ast and en­gi­neer Peter Westmacott, who started the restora­tion of an­other lo­co­mo­tive named Gertrude (a Bar­clay 0‑6‑0T) at his War­wick­shire home, died on March 7. He was a Welsh slate quarry en­thu­si­ast, mak­ing his own flash equip­ment to take pho­to­graphs un­der­ground. His close con­nec­tions with the Leighton Buz­zard Rail­way led to sev­eral LBR car­riage bo­gies be­ing re­paired in his work­shop, and he was in­volved with in­stalling the rail­way’s air brakes. He bought Gertrude in 1965 and Ex­moor Trans­port com­pleted its restora­tion in 2009, launch­ing it into ser­vice with an event at the LBR, which owns class­mate Doll. By that time own­er­ship had been trans­ferred to his daugh­ter, Sarah. It has been on hire to the Welsh High­land Her­itage Rail­way since 2010.

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