ROMNEY TRIBUTE TO BILL McALPINE
The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway has paid tribute to its saviour and former chairman, Sir William McAlpine, with a pair of commemorative plates fitted to its Krauss 0-4-0TT No. 4 The Bug.
The plates, designed and donated by the RHDR Association, were unveiled at a special ceremony at New Romney during the line’s ‘End of Season Parade’ on October 27, in which all of the 15in gauge line’s locomotives ran.
Sir William, who passed away on March 4 aged 82, rescued the beleaguered railway in 1972 when the RHDR was experiencing serious financial difficulties.
It was appropriate that the commemorative plates should be fitted to The Bug, as Sir William saved the locomotive from scrap in a Belfast breakers’ yard, where it had lain hidden under other scrap since 1950. It was bought for £300, restored to working order and returned to service on the RHDR in 1974.
RHDR No. 4 The Bug, complete with the Sir William McAlpine commemorative plaques attached to its cabsides.