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Stanier ‘8F’ No. 45170 is to be named ‘Sir Wil­liam McAlpine’ in trib­ute to the late pres­i­dent of the Scot­tish Rail­way Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety, who died in March.

An of­fi­cial nam­ing cer­e­mony for the for­mer Turk­ish 2-8-0 is planned at the Bo’ness & Kin­neil Rail­way in March or April 2019. Hav­ing ac­quired it in 2014, the SRPS has be­gun its restora­tion, with the ten­der wheelsets to be sent away shortly for new tyres. De­tails can be found and do­na­tions made at www.srpssteam. com/8f-45170/8f-ap­peal

New SRPS Chair­man Steve Humphreys said: “We were very proud to have Sir Wil­liam as our pres­i­dent. He was a stead­fast sup­porter of our so­ci­ety, quite apart from his con­sid­er­able sup­port to the rail­way move­ment gen­er­ally. We are very grate­ful to Lady McAlpine for agree­ing that we may name No. 45170. It will be a tan­gi­ble re­minder for us all of a great man and a great friend.”

Lady McAlpine, who was elected hon­orary vice-pres­i­dent of the so­ci­ety at its re­cent an­nual meet­ing, said: “Sir Wil­liam was proud of his in­volve­ment in the SRPS and was quite pro­pri­eto­rial about it! I was very hon­oured to be asked to keep the McAlpine flag fly­ing with the SRPS and will do what I can to help. I am in awe of the way they raise funds and get the work done, and am look­ing for­ward to see­ing ‘Sir Wil­liam McAlpine’ in steam.”

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