LONG-SERV­ING GWILI DRIVER RE­TIRES AT 40TH AN­NIVER­SARY EVENT…

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To round off its 40th an­niver­sary year, the Gwili Rail­way marked the re­tire­ment of one of its first vol­un­teers, long-serv­ing driver Alan Mayhew.

Alan, aged 80, worked his last foot­plate turn on RSH ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST No. 71516 ‘Welsh Guards­man’ at the line’s ‘Gwili 40 – The Fi­nale’ gala on Oc­to­ber 6. The last two runs in­volved ‘Y Tren Mawr’ (‘The Big Train’) with the ‘Aus­ter­ity’ and RSH 0-6-0ST ‘Moor­bar­row’ haul­ing three Mk 1 coaches and a three-car DMU, form­ing the longest pas­sen­ger train in the line’s his­tory.

Alan’s foot­plate ca­reer be­gan in 1978, fir­ing the Gwili’s first en­gine – Peck­ett 0-4-0ST Mer­lin. He be­came in­volved in other ac­tiv­i­ties on the line, in­clud­ing edit­ing the so­ci­ety mag­a­zine, and was also a driver at the West Som­er­set Rail­way.

End­ing on a hu­mor­ous note, event or­gan­iser Phil Budd said: “We found out later that Alan’s fi­nal driver re­port card read ‘Mileage – lots, lo­co­mo­tive – no faults, driver dis­posed of!’”

JOHn JOnEs

Gwili founder and driver alan Mayhew dur­ing the sur­prise pre­sen­ta­tion to mark his re­tire­ment, at bron­wydd arms on Oc­to­ber 6.

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