Colin Kerswill RIP

Very sadly Colin Kerswill passed away on Wednesday 13th April 2022, aged 86.

Colin was a long standing member of the Society and a true friend to us all.

He was also a dedicated mentor to many railwaymen during his footplate days in steam preservation, both on the Mainline and, in particular, the South Devon railway.

Colin’s father, a driver himself, wanted him to be a manager, so he started in the clerical grades in 1952. After National Service in the Royal Horse Artillery, Colin went back to the railway in 1956 – but on the footplate, his first preference.

He started as a cleaner at Faversham, in Kent, and became a driver at Hither Green four years later. He stayed there for 10 years until moving to Gillingham, a mixed traction depot working electrics and diesels.

He kept in touch with steam through the preserved South Devon Railway, where he was a traction inspector.

That came in handy when BR set up a panel of steam crews to work specials in the south east in the early 1990s, and Colin joined that.

Later, Mainline Freight set up a depot at Hoo Junction, and Colin transferred there in 1995, and was able to continue with some steam work. He finally retired as a Traction Inspector from Hoo Junction in 2015, at the age of 80.

A true gentleman and a Footplate Legend, he will be sadly missed by many and in particular those of us who benefited from his breadth of footplate knowledge and the support and guidance he only too willingly passed on to others.

You deserve a rest Colin, so rest in peace.   Sadly we will not see your like again.

Our thoughts are with Colin’s family – Gill, Linda, Sandra and Richard.

Colin Kerswill RIP
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