This is Alan whose love of trains goes back to his train spotting days at Birmingham, New Street in the 50s. He also train spotted at Hamstead (Great Barr) and, during summer holidays, while staying at his grandparents, at Woking.
Alan is the Director of Finance, The Operations Director, the Engineering Director (responsible for Loco Maintenance, Carriage & Wagon Construction and the Permanent Way) and the Communications Director (i.e. he did this web site).
Apart from his work on the SWR he is also a signalman at the 12" to the foot scale Midland Railway - Butterley. Alan also designed and produced the original web site for Butterley. This has now been superseded but if you click here you can see an abbreviated version of the original - but make sure you come back to the SWR!
Here is Jackie, the only other director, who acts as the Planning Director (she has the ideas - not always practical - but always very welcome), the Catering Director (she provides cups of tea), the Personnel Director (she has a large say in the colours of the clothes that the various people wear) and the Purchasing Director (she decides what we buy at Stoneleigh). There is usually enough work on the kits, etc. we buy in one year to see us through to the next.
Apart from her duties on the SWR Jackie looks after the Directors' living accommodation in Belper, Derbyshire. This is often (but not often enough) invaded by our four children and ten grandchildren.
The best times on the SWR are when, on a warm summer evening, we sit on our decking with a bottle of wine and run the Raven with a rake of coaches or wagons for hours on end.