West Somerset Railway’s Mechanical Engineering Director retires


The West Somerset Railway (WSR) has introduced that its Mechanical Engineering Director, Bob Meanley, is retiring from the corporate’s Board.

An announcement from the railway stated “He has had two durations as a member and has made a useful contribution by means of the very difficult interval of the pandemic, and when trains couldn’t run by means of to Minehead on account of the extent crossing closure,”

Bob is among the foremost locomotive engineers of the preservation period. For almost 25 years he was Chief Engineer of Tyseley Locomotive Works and oversaw the restoration and operation of a lot of the Tyseley fleet, together with Fortress class No.5043 Earl of Mount Edgecumbe and No.7029 Clun Fortress.

He was additionally chargeable for managing the restoration of many different mainline steam engines, and for restoring the streamlining of LMS Coronation class Pacific No 6229 Duchess of Hamilton for the Nationwide Railway Museum.
On the Heritage Railway Affiliation awards in 2020, Bob obtained the annual award for providers to railway preservation.

The West Somerset Railway can be promoting for a brand new Mechanical Engineering Director shortly.

The assertion from the railway continued “Bob has been director with accountability for mechanical engineering. His very huge expertise within the heritage sector and, specifically, thorough understanding of steam engines gained by means of a few years has been invaluable to the railway. Throughout his time with the WSR he has taken a selected position in main the event of the adjustments in organisation of mechanical engineering on the railway, together with general course of the absorption of the Williton Works into the corporate from the WSR Affiliation.

“Bob has determined that with the railway on a firmer footing, he is ready to dedicate extra time to a variety {of professional} actions nearer to dwelling within the West Midlands. “

WSR chairman Jonathan Jones-Pratt stated: “We’re very sorry to see Bob depart the board however we totally perceive his causes and we hope and count on he’ll be in contact with the railway sooner or later. We owe Bob a substantial debt for the work he has carried out serving to us on the most troublesome of instances. We very a lot want him nicely sooner or later.”



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