Greetings (as Tim would say),
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Tim sadly lost his fight with cancer in the early hours of Monday 29th July. From his diagnosis last autumn, Tim, in his usual stubborn way, had been determined to keep going for as long as possible.
Tim, the youngest of three brothers, lived his whole life in Derby. After school, Tim joined the railways as an Apprentice Electrical Fitter working at Derby Etches Park. Tim’s career was cut short by ill health forcing early retirement, which at least freed up more time for modelling.
Many of you will have known Tim, be that from his usual spot at the Bar in Burton Town Hall during the annual Exhibition & AGM, or from one of the hundreds of exhibitions that he had attended over the last thirty or years with both the Association Demo stand, or behind the Port Wynnstay stand with Phil Traxson.
Tim, along with Phil T, was the driving force behind the Trent Valley Area Group (TVAG) and the Group’s layout ‘Henmore Dale Light Railway’, the tale of which has been featured on and off in Narrow Lines since 1996. Over the last four or five years, Tim, along with a core group of TVAG members, had been working on the newest iteration (mark 3) of Henmore, Sandy Lane Halt. Tim was fortunate enough to see it make its operational debut at our annual open day in January 2019, even if, in Tim’s words, the wiring was a bit of a lash up bodge job!
Tim was a great source of support and guidance to those in the group, always happy to offer advice and assistance when one of us needed it, he had a knack of finding a practical solution for any of our modelling issues.
Over the years, we’d hate to think how many cups of tea or pints of beer were drunk discussing silly idea after silly idea that would inspire our modelling. Tim’s advice and view on projects that we had been working on was always welcomed as he encouraged us to step out of our comfort zones and be better modellers. We could always go to him for help, and he was always there, willing to help, something we will both miss.
Our thoughts are with Tim’s partner Sylvia and the Allsopp family. Farewell friend. We hope, wherever you are, that they have Landlord on tap…