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Above: Roy, on the left, as a fireman with Charlie Hopwood, his regular driver, on 19th June 1959 at Darlington with Class A1 locomotive No. 60142 Edward Fletcher.
Photograph taken by Eric Treacy, lent by Roy Veasey.

We were very sorry to receive the sad news that Roy passed away on 14th January at the age of 89.

I first met Roy in summer 1963 when my father took some photographs of him and other railwaymen on Grantham station and at the Loco.  Little could they have known that their friendship was planting a seed which, some 45 years later, would begin to grow into Tracks through Grantham.

After he retired Roy wrote his memoir, ‘My Railway Life’, and when I visited him in 2008 he gave me a copy.  When Tracks through Grantham took its first tentative steps he kindly consented to its publication, and ‘My Railway Life’ became the first personal account to appear on our website.  There’s no doubt that it has inspired many others to become contributors to our project, and I'm sure it will continue to do so.  You can read Roy's personal story of his working life on the railway here.

Roy lent his support to Tracks through Grantham in many ways.  We are greatly saddened to have lost such a good friend.

Roy's funeral will be held in Grantham on Monday 5th February.  Here is a link to the family announcement.

John Clayson

Fred Harris joined the railway at Grantham in August 1955.  He achieved promotion to driver nearly 30 years later in April 1985, hence the title of the story of his working life on the railway.  Read how a youthful Fred and his driver peered into dense fog one night from the footplate of a slowly advancing 'Tango', looking for signals that were no longer there.  How does a footplate crew respond as a 'Green Arrow' begins to self-destruct at speed on the East Coast Main Line?  Enjoy with Fred a week away at Bridgnorth refreshing his steam skills.  All this and more in our latest new page.


In the 1950s and 1960s a Runabout ticket could be the key to expanding your horizons.  Roger Bryant and friends left Mablethorpe one morning and, before the day was done, they had arranged for themselves a high-speed descent of Stoke Bank behind an A1 - in the genteel opulence of a Pullman car.  Read the story on our latest new page.