THE railway sector has paid tribute to Railway Touring Company founder Nigel Dobbing, who passed away in hospital following an illness on October 14 at the age of 66.
Nigel, a father, brother and grandfather, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, where the popular tour operator was based.
Coming from a farming background, his passion for steam began back in his early days as a child near Melton Mowbray, often watching trains on the LNW & GN joint line from Market Harborough to Bottesford, or the Midland main line, with its Jubilee-hauled express.
Pursing his dream
During his career as a hotelier while managing The Duke’s Head in King’s Lynn during the late Eighties, Nigel pursued a dream and decided to organise a steam-hauled charter.
Buoyed by its success, he decided that a business could be made from steam charters and set up the Railway Touring Company as a result.
Taking advantage of opportunities offered by rail privatisation and the opening of the British railway network in the mid-Nineties, he launched the Railway Touring Company in 1997.
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