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Roger Farnworth
post 14 Nov 2020, 15:05
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I was asked to give a talk in 2020 to a clergy discussion group on the subject 'Clergy and Trains'. This group had decided to have its annual outing on The East Lancs Railway and I was to be the after dinner 'entertainment'! It did not work out, for obvious reasons in 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic altered everyone's plans!

However, as a result of the request, I began to study what was available online and in the press on this subject and the place it takes in the wide range of interests available to the clergy. ... Whether my research counts as original research, I very much doubt. However, you might find what follows of interest!

http://rogerfarnworth.com/2020/11/14/clergy-and-railways

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged that the clergy love trains." So started an article by Ed Beavan in the Church Times on 15th June 2011, entitled 'All Steamed Up About Trains'. [1] On the centenary of the birth of the Revd W. V. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, Ed Beavan asked, in his article in the Church Times, why so many clergy are railway buffs.
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post 14 Nov 2020, 15:59
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Got to include The Lord Bishop of Wakefield The reverend Eric Treacy the photographer and writer of books and albums, he was rector at Edge Hill and knew that shed well and later as a Governor of my school actually conducted my confirmation clearly the highlight of his career,

I recall discussing trainspotting at Mirfield station. I have a number of his books and often look at them to confirm the trains I want to operate as those photos are filled with details.
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post 15 Nov 2020, 14:19
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Canon Roger Lloyd deserves a mention. He was a fine writer, and his anecdote of Mgr Ronald Knox's comment on Marylebone Station is still quoted. I was lucky to find a copy of his "Railwaymen's Gallery" (1953) in a sale recently - a most enjoyable book.


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post 16 Nov 2020, 11:17
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Thank you both for your replies.
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