LIFELONG enthusiast and locomotive owner Gareth Evans has just landed his dream job – as the new assistant editor of Heritage Railway.
As a teenager, Gareth wrote the Younger View column for us in our early years and it led him to a career in journalism, editing Coach & Bus Week magazine for 11 years before coming “home” to us.
Along with his parents, Gareth is the proud joint owner of Ruston 0-4-0 165DE No. 458641 of 1963 Alun Evans, named in memory of his brother, who passed away in tragic circumstances in 2009. The locomotive is used on passenger trains at Cambrian Heritage Railways’ Llynclys operation.
He began volunteering on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway at the age of seven with his parents, and a year later began writing the ‘Junior Column’ in the line’s railway’s in-house journal. He later ran its young members’ group.
A volunteer and supporter of the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways since he was 18, he is also press officer for the Cambrian line and a member of the Nene Valley Railway.
Gareth also holds a PCV driving licence and has driven coaches and buses for Tanat Valley Coaches in Mid Wales, for which he also wrote press releases, and Travel West Midlands in Birmingham.
He said: “Railways and buses have always worked together in my life. The opportunity to be HR’s assistant editor was too good to lose.”
He will replace Brian Sharpe, a mainstay of Heritage Railway since 2002, who will retire in June.
Read more News and Features in Issue 242 of HR – on sale now!