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Tribute to former Assistant Railway Engineer 11 August 2006

Colin Goldsmith and No.4 Train at the Station

On Thursday staff of Isle of Man Railways placed wreaths on the operating engines as a mark of respect for the Railway’s Assistant Engineer, Colin Goldsmith, who sadly passed away last week.

Colin Goldsmith was born in the Isle of Man in 1952 and at age 16 he left school and started work as an apprentice Electrician with the Manx Electric Railway. He stayed with the MER until 1978 when he moved to the Steam Railway as Workshop Manager. In 2005 Colin was promoted to Assistant Engineer, a post covering both the Steam Railway and the MER.

The funeral service took place on Thursday morning at Douglas Borough Crematorium and the chapel was packed to overflowing.

Kissack the No. 13 Train at the StationAs Director of Public Transport, Mike Ball, explained

“Whilst many of Colin’s former colleagues were able to attend the funeral, the need for an on-going service meant that there were many who were working. This was their very personal tribute to a man whom they held in such high regard and who had spent his whole working life on the railway he loved”.

Colin leaves a wife Sheila, sister Joan Gleave and brothers-in-law Arthur and Kevin along with many many friends who will miss him dearly.

Photo Captions:Right Photograph of Colin Goldsmith and Left Photograph of No.13 Kissack in Douglas Station.

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