am Very sad to report that Colin Bray passed away Sunday 18th June,
Janet his Wife called to say he died of pneumonia with other ailments
connected with his condition, Colin was struck down with a respiratory
illness around two years ago which severely restricted his movement &
Colin was a fireman at Worcester in
the 1950s sometimes working with the likes of Doug Blake, was the manager
of the John Skellern motor cycle shop in Friar street when the Honda machines
first took off, became a British Telecom engineer, played with jazz
bands all around the Country, worked on the Glos & Warks railway as a
fireman (he started at the bottom with them as a 72 year old cleaner) and did
an excellent presentation of his photographs entitled 'Wanderings of an ex
Fireman' to Worcester Locomotive Society members just before his illness
took hold in February 2015.
We shall all miss his friendly
banter and at 80 years of age he made sure he made the most of his life to the
full. we send our deep condolences to his Family at this sad time, Funeral
details to follow in due course or watch out for the announcement in the
The long-awaited debut of class 230 miltiple unit No.230001 occured on Wednesday 14th June 2017, when the unit worked a test train from Long Marston to Moreton-in-Marsh and Evesham. Steve Widdowson was at Evesham to photogprah the train as it passed the signal box with train code No.5Z24 from Moreton-in-Marsh.
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