ROM­NEY TRIB­UTE TO BILL McALPINE

Steam Railway (UK) - - NARROW GAUGE NEWS -

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.

JADE ASH­TON/RHDR

RHDR No. 4 The Bug, com­plete with the Sir William McAlpine com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques at­tached to its cab­sides.

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