It also gave Richard a glorious opportunity to do what he liked doing best; driving USA Class 30072 (the very last steam locomotive to leave Guildford depot 50 years ago) along the Worth Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope.

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Thanks to a lot of hard work by Richard and other volunteers, the line was re-opened in 1968 - and it continues to be run by volunteers of the K&WVR Preservation Society ever since.

Richard was a director of the railway for more than 30 years and chairman for more than half that time.

Retired railwaymen and steam fans gathered at Guildford railway station on Farnham Road bridge on Sunday July 9 2017 for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate Guildford's engine shed that closed exactly 50 years ago.

In his speech to around 40 people who gathered at the pedestrian entrance to the car park, Geoff Burch said - 'It doesn't seem that long ago when Pat Kinsella and I departed from here aboard our respective locomotives BR Standard Class 5 to go light-engines to Salisbury, not forgetting the other drivers and firemen who left here that day.

The passometer (walkway) across the station which also links Guildford Park Road is also receiving a facelift THE HISTORY OF GUILDFORD STATIONOne of the joys of producing a webpage is that it can be changed as you go along, and unlike the constraints of book publishing a webpage can be updated whenever any new material turns up thanks to the generous help of contributors.

Therefore it seems appropriate to revamp this page with a number of previously unpublished photos I have received and begin with a potted history of Guildford Railway Station and Guildford Motive Power Depot dating back almost 170 years…The original station at Guildford was opened by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) on 5th May 1845when a six-mile length of single line track was constructed to connect with the London & South Western's main line at Woking; this was followed by another line from Redhill and yet another line was built to join with Farnham and Alton.

Rochdale-born and bred and with railways in his blood, Richard attended the Law College at Guildford during 1961-62 whilst I was working here as an engine cleaner and young fireman.

With a keen photographer's eye, he captured hundreds of superb images of locomotives and I'm therefore indebted to Richard for his kindness in allowing me use a number of them in various books that I've self-published.

During the 1960s Richard led local opposition to the Beeching Axe when, almost at a stroke, Britain lost thousands of miles of its rail network.

Richard has also been a member of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway since 1964, two years after the five-mile branch line was closed by British Railways.

In 1849, a further branch to Farnham was opened at Ash Junction plus the 'through running' of trains commenced between Redhill, Guildford and Reading; indeed the single line from Ash Junction to Farnham played a big part in establishing Aldershot as the country's most important army camp.