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News Archive entries for February 2013

Here are the diary entries for this month. You can use the forward and backward links to see the next or previous months. Most photos taken before 2018 are small size. From 2018 onwards, most photos you see below will have a link to a full size image by clicking on the photo.

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Team Bios
  Below are the profiles of key members of the Clan Project. These include the Council of Management and Engineering Committee.

Allan Jones
Membership Secretary

Allan Jones ACQI is a retired Group QuEnSH Manager with 40 plus years experience of the retail motor industry - predominantly with Ford & V.A.G. Dealerships.

An Associate of the Chartered Quality Institute, Allan brings a wealth of administrative knowledge & experience, including brand image design, application, control and audit of document systems, to the post of Membership Secretary.

Bob Ife
Commercial Officer

Bob first got interested in the steam preservation movement when he became a member of 92212 Locomotive Co. Ltd. soon after the arrival of the locomotive at Loughborough in “Barry Condition”. He supported the project throughout to the successful first steaming of the restored engine in 1997. As such, he has some knowledge of the amount of time and effort required to see a project of this scale through to completion.

Bob joined the Clan project in 2010. Bob’s full time occupation is as a mainline registered train driver, so again knowledge of what to expect and what is required in the way of equipment for mainline running is available to be passed on to the team as and when necessary.

Chris Jones
BRSLOG Representative / Engineering Committee

Chris have been involved with the Hengist project since 2005. Chris has 34 years experience working in engineering parts control, ordering and logistics. A member of several heritage lines Chris has a lifelong interest in railways especially BR Standards. When not on Hengist duty Chris can be found fell walking, cycling, filming steam locos and watching live rock music, especially Birmingham band Magnum, who he have been following for over 25 years.

Dave Etheridge BSc (Hons)
IT & Website Officer / Engineering Committee

Dave is a professional Web application developer and network specialist. In the past he has developed online applications for Cadburys, Eddie Stobbarts, the NHS, most UK supermarkets and the Australian Government. He brings to the project over 15 years experience in IT along with 8 years of steam experience restoring locomotives (48624 & 6233) and footplate experience of various locomotives including 4472 Flying Scotsman.'

Geoff Turner
Project Engineer

Geoff Turner, IEng MIED. A Design Engineer with 40 years’ experience in mechanical engineering, for the past 17 years I have worked in the Offshore Oil and Gas industry and thus familiar with regulations, standards and quality assurance procedures. As a designer I have empathy with R.A Riddles design philosophy and admire the BR Standard locomotives.

On a practical note, in the early years of Peak Rail I was involved, hands on, in various aspects of rebuilding a railway and assisted in the dismantling of 80080 in the shed at Matlock, having first restored the shed.

On occasions when I am not working on the Clan Project, I enjoy time with my wife and daughter walking the hills of Derbyshire.

Graham Ashton
Engineering Committee

Graham is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and is proud to say he has worked for over 44 years on the steelworks in Scunthorpe firstly as a maintenance engineer and then as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. Other than steam engines of all sorts and motorcycle restoration and riding he enjoys canal boating and looking after home, wife and sons (not necessarily in that order!). He worked as a volunteer on Tornado last year whilst it was at York and look forward to the challenge of our Clan Class 6 “”Hengist””.

Mike Beswick MSc, MIET
Engineering Committee

Mike is a professional engineer working in the defence industry with wide experience in research, design and development and materials. After over 30 years in the industry he started his own consulting business 5 years ago and has worked with government agencies, leading companies and universities.

He has a general interest in steam railways, particularly the Stainmore line and has been a member of the 72010 and the Stanier Mogul groups since the 1990’s.

Mike Sedgley
Company Secretary

Richard Aldridge
Finance Director

I have 27 years experience working in the finance industry with Lloyds TSB. Having worked through the ranks to hold a variety of managerial roles. From 1999 - 2002 I was a Project Manager for programmes relating to the branch network strategy, with control of project costs totalling £53m. I have a good understanding of financial controls and regulations, book keeping and audit standards in relation to projects and accountability for public funds. In addition I have held numerous treasurerships over the years.

A professional railwayman since 2002, currently a qualified train driver with DB Schenker (formerly EWS Railways), based in Bristol.

Sean McKercher MBA
Engineering Committee

Sean is a Print Estimator by trade ( essentially a Numerical, Clerical and Problem solving role).

An appetite for historical facts and figures and a memory for detail has been focussed on the BR Standards since joining the Clan project with a view to becoming a walking reference library to the benefit ( and sometime annoyance!) of the engineering committee.

A relatively recent Steam enthusiast with a desire to perpetuate Mainline Steam he is also an active supporter and occasional support crew for 60163 Tornado since 2008.