John Edgington 1925-2017


   John Edgington stands next to 5305 at Keighley on the occasion of the RCTS annual reunion special train on 19th November 1994   Gavin Morrison

A leading member of the Society for many years John Edgington sadly passed away last September at the age of 92. He joined the Society in 1942 and was to eventually become a long serving member of the Management Committee, and a regular photographic contributor to “The Railway Observer” in the days of steam. Furthermore as an acknowledged authority on the Midland Railway his work was often to be found in informative railway publications. John’s working life was spent within railway management circles. As a son of Birmingham he initially started to earn a living at Birmingham New Street Control before moving later into a position in the Press Office at Euston working as an assistant to George Dow. He was to later take up a position with the British Transport Museum in Clapham where he was to take up responsibilities for making many of the arrangements regarding the transfer of artefacts to York. On completion of this work he moved to York where he was to become Information Officer for the NRM when it opened in 1975. As a mark of his extensive work for the Society he was accorded Honorary Life Membership. So deeply involved in Society life was John that he achieved the distinction of attending over 50 consecutive Members’ Weekend gatherings and in recognition of this a special train, suitably adorned with headboard, was organised to be run over the Keighley and Worth Valley railway on the occasion of the 1994 Members’ Weekend.

He retired in 1990 but illness and immobility began to eat into his ability to continue as an active member of the Society but nevertheless remained as a member until his death. The Society can be proud to have had such a loyal servant within its ranks.

last updated: 06/12/17