Spa Valley special remembers ‘great friend’ Roy Bell MBE

THE Spa Valley Railway ran a special train on April 30 in memory of the late Roy Bell MBE, who was a great friend and supporter of the railway. He died in October 2018.

Roy was the Southern Region’s last chief signalling engineer. 

The four-coach ‘Roy Belle’, top-and-tailed by Class 31 No. 31430 Sister Dora and Class 33 No. 33063 R.J. Mitchell, made two round trips from Eridge to Tunbridge Wells West, with empty carriage stock movements at each end of the day. 

Here, No. 31430 waits at Eridge with the 12.15 ‘Roy Belle’ to Tunbridge Wells West.

The event was organised by two Groombridge signalling scheme members – Jim and Mark Dodd – and was attended by past and present UK national Network Rail staff as well as representatives from other heritage railways. PHIL BARNES

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