Family fulfil locomotive wish

W48C LOCOMOTIVE  The finished locomotive.
W48C LOCOMOTIVE The finished locomotive.
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A family who promised their dying relative that they would fix his broken locomotive in his memory have fulfilled their promise.

Brian Hay was in the middle of restoring the model engine when he died of cancer last year. He left a request in his will for it to be repaired and given to his eldest son, Neil.

Determined to see the engine repaired in Brian’s honour, Neil, 46 and his uncle, Barrie, 76 sought help from a friend, who had engineering experience.

But their hopes of completing it suffered another blow when the friend suffered a heart attack and was unable to continue.

The pair then contacted the Herald for help, which prompted former Portsmouth teacher, Bill Whiting, 64, to take up the challenge.

Barrie, of Ladydell Road, Worthing, said: “I am extremely pleased to have got it working. “It’s a shame Brian didn’t live to see it as he did really want to see it running.

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out Thursday, November 29.