Founder member Bob Symes dies aged 90

Bob Symes (Robert Alexander Baron Schutzmann von Schutzmansdorff), one of the founder members of the Ten and a Quarter Inch Gauge Society, membership no 8, died on January 19 aged 90 years. Best known in 10 ¼ inch circles for his Greendene (Works) Railway which featured Great Western tank engines and a railcar (The Flying Banana). He and his wife Sheila had recently moved and had planned to relocate the railway in Tregaron, Ceredigion.

For many of us he was a real hero amongst rail enthusiasts, appearing on television, notably Tomorrow’s World, and in print, an article on building a Gauge 1 diesel-electric was particularly inspiring. He was also a volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway in its earlier years.

Bob and friends picnicking at Ingfield Manor Railway in 2011.

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Bob at the 2013 TMNGRS open day at the Greendene (Works) Railway.

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