We are honoured to have been asked to haul a train to Sherborne on Wednesday 18th August 2021, to celebrate and remember the life of John Farrow, a great railwayman, respected businessman, and a true gentleman.

John Farrow

John’s involvement with railtours first began when he was working for British Rail, running occasional tours for the Lea Valley Railway Club. This was followed by the formation of Hertfordshire Railtours and later UK Railtours, which under his command both proved to be hugely successful and respected names in the charter train world.

Sadly John passed away on Sunday 19th April 2020, having contracted Covid-19 while at The Royal Free Hospital in London where he was being treated for bowel cancer. As is befitting, all profits generated by today’s train will be donated to The Royal Free Charity.

Our special train will be hauled throughout by a steam locomotive that would have worked through Sherborne on a regular basis in the days of steam, Merchant Navy Class 35028 ‘Clan Line’. As one of John’s favourite locomotives, an image of Clan Line takes pride of place on the memorial plaque where his ashes lie and so it is very fitting for this train.

The train departs from London Victoria, calling also at Clapham Junction, Staines and Woking. From here our journey is via Basingstoke and the delightfully unspoilt station at Salisbury where we pause to take water. Then it’s on down the Blackmore Vale, passing the Somerset & Dorset junction station of Templecombe, to arrive at Sherborne.

For more details, see UK Railtours' website.