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Steam Rail­way’s on­line com­mu­nity pays trib­ute to Sir Wil­liam McAlpine, who passed away on March 4 aged 82.

Joe Welsh

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.

Ben Scott

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!

Neil Brooks

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.

Matthew Hil­litt

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.

Mike Kelly

(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.

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