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Oc­to­ber 20 turned out to be a day of me­mo­rial trains. Aside from 0-6-0PT No. 9466’s run mark­ing the life of owner Den­nis How­ells, who died in Au­gust (see page 54), an Eal­ing Broad­way-York ‘York­shire­man’ be­came RTC’s first trip since the death of its founder; ros­tered en­gine Union of South

Africa car­ried a wreath in his me­mory – seen be­low, chat­ter­ing away on the climb to Sharn­brook in Bob Green’s evoca­tive pho­to­graph.

‘A4’ owner John Cameron who, over the years, has reg­u­larly worked with RTC with both ‘Num­ber Nine’ and ‘K4’

The Great Mar­quess, said af­ter­wards that the rail­way fra­ter­nity would “be the poorer” for Nigel’s death. John de­scribed the RTC boss as “al­ways po­lite and help­ful on his trips, as were his staff” and in a ref­er­ence to RTC’s ‘go any­where’ his­tory said he was “al­ways re­cep­tive to ‘new’ des­ti­na­tions, wher­ever that took us!

“He will be sadly missed by the rail­way in­dus­try and his many friends. We pass on our sym­pa­thy to his fam­ily and his staff.”

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