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The Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way’s for­mer Chief Trac­tion In­spec­tor Bernard Rain­bow MBE died on Septem­ber 1 at the age of 83.

His rail­way ca­reer spanned 60 years, start­ing in 1949 at Ty­se­ley. He later moved to Salt­ley, and he re­tired from there in the early 1990s. How­ever, his in­volve­ment in preser­va­tion be­gan in 1967, when he was a pas­sen­ger on one of the rail­tours to Birken­head, hauled by No. 7029 Clun Cas­tle, and vol­un­teered to take over from the ros­tered fire­man af­ter the lat­ter was taken ill. Thus, he be­came one of the first vol­un­teers at the emerg­ing Ty­se­ley steam cen­tre, and was later its de­pot su­per­in­ten­dent.

At the SVR, he rose to the rank of chief lo­co­mo­tive in­spec­tor in the late 1990s, and was also vice-pres­i­dent and later pres­i­dent of the Er­lestoke Manor Fund. He of­fi­ci­ated on the foot­plate of the Royal Train when HRH The Prince of Wales vis­ited the rail­way in 2008 and took the reg­u­la­tor of No. 6024 King Ed­ward I.

Bernard was awarded the MBE for his ser­vices to preser­va­tion in 2009, the same year that he re­tired from the foot­plate.

His fu­neral was held at St Alphege Church in Soli­hull on Septem­ber 20, and dur­ing its jour­ney there, his cof­fin was taken to Ty­se­ley Lo­co­mo­tive Works where ‘Cas­tles’ Nos. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe and 7029 were in at­ten­dance.


SVR Chief Trac­tion in­spec­tor Bernard Rain­bow with no. 7802 Bradley Manor at Kid­der­min­ster on Jan­uary 11 2009.

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