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The last main line run of GWRde­sign pan­nier tank No. 9466 un­der the own­er­ship of the late Den­nis How­ells took place be­tween Dray­ton Green, West Ruis­lip, Princes Ris­bor­ough and re­turn on Oc­to­ber 20, writes PHIL MARSH.

West Coast Rail­ways agreed to op­er­ate the three-coach train for no charge; Great Western Rail­way waived its sta­tion ac­cess charges and made a do­na­tion to St Luke’s Hos­pice in Har­row, who looked af­ter Mr How­ells in his last weeks; mean­while Chiltern Rail­ways and Net­work Rail also agreed to help ‘make the trip hap­pen’.

The Mid-Nor­folk Rail­way made the ar­range­ments for No. 9466 to get to Southall from Dere­ham and then on to the Buck­ing­hamshire Rail­way Cen­tre, and sold the me­mo­rial train tick­ets. Mean­while, the BRC spon­sored the coal and the Chin­nor & Princes Ris­bor­ough Rail­way pro­vided op­er­a­tional staff, ser­vic­ing fa­cil­i­ties and made ar­range­ments to shunt the train at Thame Junc­tion and Chin­nor as re­quired. Lon­don Trans­port Mu­seum pro­vided train stew­ards and wa­ter­ing fa­cil­i­ties at West Ruis­lip.

●● See Down Main.

JOHn H. bIRd

‘94XX’ no. 9466 passes Han­well with the empty coach­ing stock for its late owner’s me­mo­rial train on Oc­to­ber 20.

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