One last train ride as Richard retires from railway trust board

Richard Hope, of Berkhamsted, attended his retirement lunch after 45 years on the Board of the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. Pictured with the Coronation train. 'Pictures by David Mitchell.
Richard Hope, of Berkhamsted, attended his retirement lunch after 45 years on the Board of the Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Steam Railway. Pictured with the Coronation train. 'Pictures by David Mitchell.

Train enthusiast Richard Hope was among passengers when the Coronation Train of 1953 was recreated for a journey on the historic Talyllyn Narrow Gauge Steam Railway.

The special journey was fitting for Richard, of Berkhamsted, who retired after 45 years as a board member of the Welsh railway line.

Serving first as company secretary, 79-year-old Richard, of Castle Hill Close, went on to become a director.

He was on-board when the Coronation Train was recreated for a journey on the historic line, which runs from Cardigan Bay up into the mountains of southern Snowdonia.

Using the same vintage coaches and locomotive Edward Thomas as the original train, Richard watched as Gareth Jones, 74, who as a 14-year-old schoolboy fired the first train on Coronation Day, placed the headboard on the locomotive. Also present was the guard of the original train David Woodhouse and appropriately both members of the crew were called Elizabeth – driver Liz Green and fireman and society chair Lis Mann.

Sonia Rolt, the widow of railway line founder Lionel Thomas Caswell Rolt, sent a message of congratulations.

The railway has been selected to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.