PEGLER’S DAUGH­TER COM­MITS HIS ASHES TO ‘SCOTS­MAN’S’ FIRE­BOX

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The Steam Dreams Rail Co. ‘Farewell Alan Pegler’ tour to York on Oc­to­ber 13 cel­e­brated the life of the man who saved Fly­ing Scots­man from be­ing scrapped, writes DANIEL PUDDICOMBE.

Many of Mr Pegler’s friends and fam­ily were on board, in­clud­ing his daugh­ter, Penny Vau­doyer, who was en­trusted with plac­ing her late father’s ashes in the ‘Pa­cific’s’ fire­box as it topped Stoke Bank, in ac­cor­dance with his wishes.

“My father had al­ways wanted his ashes to go into ‘Scots­man’s’ fire­box and he talked to me about it many, many times. He died six years ago and it’s been in the back of my mind that we had to do this,” she told Steam Rail­way. “It’s taken a good year or more to get it go­ing but my father’s wishes have now been car­ried out.

“It was a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. It was a mo­ment that he re­ally wanted – go­ing in the fire­box and go­ing up Stoke Bank. I also thought ‘I re­ally hope that he can see what is hap­pen­ing from where he is’.”

IAN MACCABE

Alan Pegler’s daugh­ter Penny Vau­doyer at King’s Cross on Oc­to­ber 13, to­gether with the fa­mous en­gine that her father bought from Bri­tish Rail­ways.

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