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GONE IN A PUFF OF STEAM; Jimmy's engine leads funeral cortege.

STEAM enthusiast Jimmy Houston was laid to rest yesterday - with his pride and joy at the head of the funeral cortege.

Jimmy spent 10 years building the steam-powered traction engine, which he named Tigger.

The 75-year-old told friends that when he died, he wanted Tigger to be involved in his funeral - and they made sure his final wish was fulfilled.

Colleague Trevor Rees, 62, said: "He had a life-long love affair with steam and was very proud of his little engine.

"Jimmy had vast knowledge and vast practical ability and he was one of the great characters of the steam world. This really is the end of an era."

Jimmy, who first worked with steam-driven machines as an apprentice engineer at A and W Smith in Glasgow, helped set up the Scottish Traction Engines Society in 1961.

He spent the final years of his life touring the country with his two-ton engine, which was a popular attraction at Summerlee Heritage Park in Coatbridge. It will continue to be displayed there.

Jimmy, who is survived by widow Ella, 85, died last week. He was buried yesterday at New Monkland Church in Glenmavis, Lanarkshire.
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Date:Sep 2, 1999
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