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Last train ride for John's ashes; Rail fans pay tribute to magazine editor.


THE ASHES of a train enthusiast who devoted much of his life to the Talyllyn Railway are to be carried along the line he so loved.

John Slater, who died last month, edited Railway Magazine for 20 years.

For more than 30 years he spent every other weekend working at the Talyllyn Railway fashioning thousands of parts for the track.

Next month, his ashes will be carried by train from a memorial service in Tywyn for interment in Brynglas.

Mr Slater, who was 76, died after collapsing on the platform at Clapham South station, in London. He was on his way home to Putney after spending the weekend at Tywyn, where he owned a cottage.

Mr Slater suffered from a heart condition and was expecting to undergo surgery later this year.

A railway spokesman said: ``The Talyllyn Railway is mourning the death of John Slater, one of its keenest supporters.

``The railway has lost another link with those pioneering days when the world's first railway preservation society was formed to save the Talyllyn. ''

Following each visit to Tywyn, Mr Slater produced a newsletter, relating the details of his journey, what tasks he undertook, and any other news that came to hand.

``This newsletter he continued to type on his old typewriter until the last issue, which he delivered to Tywyn during his last visit on July 17 and 18, '' the spokesman said.

Mr Slater, who never married or had children, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the railway world. As Railway Magazine's editor, he greatly broadened its appeal.

Rather than retire at the age of 60, he stayed on as a part-time consultant, archiving, indexing and compiling four sections a month.

A memorial service will be held at St Cadfan's Church, Tywyn at 10. 45 on September 3.

The train carrying his ashes will leave Tywyn Wharf Station at 12. 10pm.


The Talyllyn Railway will carry the ashes of John Slater, Railway Magazine editor who gave decades of work to the line. Inset: John Slater
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2004
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