Tributes to Lincolnshire Wolds pioneer and author

THE Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has been in mourning for pioneer and prolific author Alf Ludlam, who has died at the age of 77 after losing a short battle with cancer.

Described as a an extremely gifted artist, musician, author and public speaker, Alf passed away in St Andrew’s Hospice in his home town of Grimsby on June 6.

Alf had a passion for railway heritage and was involved with the local Grimsby-Louth Railway Preservation Society from its inception.

Alf Ludlam with one of his many books about Lincolnshire railways. LWR

He strongly believed Lincolnshire had been sadly neglected by railway publishers, and this inspired him to write a series of books about the county’s railways for Oakwood Press.

He also went on to become a regular contributor to historical railway magazines.

LWR colleague Phil Eldridge said: “Over the years, Alf had built up a huge collection of historical photographs of railway scenes from all over Lincolnshire.

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