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« on: November 25, 2020, 05:26:56 pm »

Roger Newman, an active member and chair of the West Wilts Rail User Group for many years, passed away earlier this week, having been taken into hospital a day or two previous with Coronavirus. Apparently his lungs were just too weak.

I knew Roger for many years  - an ardent advocate for rail, very well informed and the backbone of articles for the user group's newsletter.  He did a very great deal in station adoption at Trowbridge and at Bradford-on-Avon too, as well as lots of other support work such as surveys for the through Waterloo services when they were under threat. He took a very great interest in the railways of Finland too, visiting there many times for extended holidays.

There are many aspects of Roger that I'm sure I was not privy to; as a campaigner on what was something of a branch line off his axis of interest, we came into contact, but I never served on the same group or committee as Roger, and I'm certain that I've left much out - others are welcome to add.

There will be an announcement in the Wiltshire times; funeral by invitation only in these extraordinary times, but I have spoken with his widow on the phone and passed on my and our condolences, and let her know that we'll be there on the day I spirit even if we can't in person.



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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2020, 05:48:30 pm »

Sad news - he was an excellent campaigner for the railways.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2020, 07:33:53 pm »

Attended a number of meetings he organised - he always managed to attract some top speakers.

One of the last times we met was on the first IET (Intercity Express Train) to reach Penzance.  We had an enjoyable walk along the seawall and he was in good form although for some reason I have no photos of him on the day. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2020, 09:38:56 pm »

Sad to hear of his passing RIP Roger.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2020, 08:56:42 am »

Richard Cowell writes on behalf of the West Wilts Rail User Group

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... We'd literally just sent out our last newsletter a day or two before Roger was admitted to hospital so at the time of printing were unaware of just how poorly he was. We will prepare a tribute to his work in rail campaigning for the next one. Even since stepping down as chairman he has been key in organising speakers and arranging venues for our public meetings and will be a big loss to the group.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2020, 06:08:27 pm »

Obituary to Roger in the Wiltshire Times

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LOCAL historian and railway enthusiast Roger Fredrick Newman died on Tuesday, November 24 aged 83, having suffered from Covid-19.

Born on October 10, 1937 in Birmingham, Roger and his wife Jacqueline moved to Trowbridge in 1973.

Having met on holiday Roger and Jacqueline married in 1968, and made their first home in Redditch.

Roger soon became a fount of knowledge on Trowbridge history, and made his home for many years in Southwick. For the last two decades he had studied and made records of all the shops and trading places in the town over the last 200 years.

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2020, 06:24:53 pm »

Obituary to Roger in the Wiltshire Times

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