Steam Railway’s online community pays tribute to Sir William McAlpine, who passed away on March 4 aged 82.
I had the honour of standing alongside Sir Bill and Alan Pegler when ‘Scotsman’ was unveiled at the NRM some years ago, as No. 502/103. Top bloke, he was really pleased to see it resplendent (as was Mr Pegler). He will be missed.
Amy Chris Adams
He helped so many railways and societies – he was a generous benefactor to some and president or patron of others – just being able to use his name helped groups raise funds.
If he hadn’t brought Flying Scotsman home from the USA I wouldn’t have seen this magnificent locomotive! Mr McAlpine, thank you very much for saving the locomotive for our nation!
Very sad news. I was lucky enough to enjoy his amazing garden railway at Fawley many times, and his passion for preservation and steam was evident everywhere.
Sad news indeed, especially for his next of kin, but there’s much to be said for all his achievements with Flying Scotsman and the North Norfolk Railway in particular, and as ‘Concrete Bob’s’ descendant. Rest peacefully, Sir William – while you join Alan Pegler and Dr Tony Marchington, I feel certain that the NRM and anyone else lucky enough to oversee ‘Scotsman’s’ wellbeing will strive to make you proud.
(Chairman of the East Lancashire Railway) On behalf of the ELR, I would like to pay tribute to Sir William McAlpine. He was a true champion of preserved railways. His legacy is cemented forever by saving Flying Scotsman for future generations to enjoy. RIP.