Taking on water at Dolgoch Station, fireman centre and Don Southgate right.
Happy memories of firing for Dad.
Bill running back into Wharf Station on N°4 autumn 1981.
(Photo : Martin Lester).
Bill's last driving trip 30th December 1981. (Photo - Bob Cambridge).
This photo was taken just a few weeks before he passed away on the 18th of
Doing what he loved most, right to the end!
The photo has been in the loco office for many years now and some of the
colours have faded but Martin Lester very kindly scanned the picture along
with the label on the reverse of the frame that gives details of the train.
The only thing missing is the name of the Cleaner who was traveling as third
man. That was Martin. As he says "Just proves that Cleaners are invisible"!
Text on the reverse side of the photo.
(Many thanks to Martin Lester and Mike Davies for this photo which I had
never seen before.
It's very heartwarming to know that Bill hasn't been forgotten).
Martin Lester also had the following anecdote to tell : I don't remember much about this particular trip as it's significance
only became apparent later but I do remember another trip I had as third man
with your Father. We were coming down on No4 one day when your Father
stopped next to a farm gate at the Tywyn end of the Fach Goch straight. He
handed me a basket saying 'go on son, over the fence. I want some mushrooms
for my breakfast tomorrow!
Bill Faulkner passed away January 18th 1982 unfortunately I don't seem to
have many photos of his
last season on the T.R. I would greatly appreciate any contributions from
visitors to this site.
Many thanks, Ian Faulkner.