Steam locomotive 34046 Braunton will haul a tour of Canterbury in honor of Colin Kerswill
Colin Kerswill, who led Steam Dreams’ first-ever Cathedrals Express tour in Canterbury, is honored by Stream Dreams on their August tour.
The White Cliffs Tour, taking place on August 11, from Canterbury around the Kent coast, will be named The Colin Kerswill Memorial to honor the long-serving steam driver and traction inspector who died earlier this year.
His family who live in Kent will be traveling as guests of Steam Dreams, which was recently taken over by Locomotive Services Group, following the route Colin enjoyed working. It includes the climb from Martin Mill Bank as well as the steady incline from the base of the White Cliffs of Dover to the summit.
Colin was loved by many throughout the steam movement and there will be plenty of passengers on board who can tell stories about Colin. Many on board will also be delighted that it is a rebuilt West Country Bulleid Pacific, 34046 Braunton, hauling the train around the Kent coast. It will be the first time he has done so in many years.
Steam Dreams founder Marcus Robertson is anticipating a very special and poignant day: “Colin drove our very first Cathedrals Express to Canterbury when we started weekly trips in June 2000. Soon after he reached the age of 65 and enjoyed a further 15 years as a traction inspector for EWS/DB where he showed a marvelous ability to manage the crew and the loco.’
Robertson added “He was a mentor to me and I called him my ‘Railroad Dad’ because even though for long periods of time we weren’t working with his OCD he was always available for behind the scenes advice and our families have become friends”. I am delighted to have his wife Jill and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren joining us on the trip.