New chairman for the Great Western Society

RICHARD Preston has been welcomed as the new chairman of the Great Western Society.

At its board meeting on January 27, he replaced Richard Croucher, who retired as chairman and a director after 18 years.

Chairmen old and new together: Richard Croucher (left). hands over to Richard Preston with No. 6023 King Edward II behind. FRANK DUMBLETON

Richard Preston has been active in railway preservation since 1968 – both at Didcot Railway Centre, where he was locomotive manager twice and a trustee once – and on the main line, where he was engineer for a main line registered locomotive.

He is also a director of Great Western Preservations (the holding company for the GWS fleet of locomotives and rolling stock) and manager of the non-operational locomotive group, which was set up with the aim of improving conservation and presentation of static engines at Didcot.

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