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Veteran Keighley & Worth Valley railway volunteer dies aged 75
2:20pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A veteran volunteer on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has died at his home, aged 75.
Michael Goodall’s involvement with the heritage line stretched back at least 47 years. He had been suffering from cancer.
K&WVR chairman Dr Matt Stroh said: “Mike was our railway safety officer for many years.
“His job with British Rail meant we never had a safety briefing without him being able to give us an anecdote about a situation he’d previously experienced. The railways were his life – he could bring the most turgid piece of legislation to life with one of his anecdotes.”
One of the railway’s locomotives displayed a wreath last week in memory of Mr Goodall.
K&WVR vice-president and ex-chairman Bill Black said: “He was a very pleasant chap with a dry wit, and he always had a story to back up his statements.
“I’ve been involved with the railway since 1966, and I’d known him since then. His helpfulness and knowledge of the railways was absolutely invaluable.”
Mr Goodall lived in Pudsey, and since his death on September 29, coroners have appealed for relatives and friends to come forward. They are asked to contact Rod Holmes at the Halifax Coroner’s Office on (01422) 337119.
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