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Alan Closs

Alan Closs, former Trustee, Station Master, member of the Wednesday and Extension Gangs passed away peacefully in his sleep early on 31st March 2012, aged 84.

Alan was the first duty Station Master at Kingscote when the station opened back in 1994 and is one of only a few who have held SM positions at all three stations having started at Sheffield Park back in the 1970s.

He and the late Ralph Piper were instrumental in the 'GLASPs' project to erect suitable gas lighting back in the late 1980's, which we still use today. He and Ralph were always on hand for other "DIY" projects around Sheffield Park station with Alan's familiar Transit Van on hand to pick up materials, from hardware supplies to signalling equipment!

Alan leaves his wife and daughters, and grandchildren.

The funeral took place on Monday 30th April 2012 in Eltham. At the family's request, floral tributes were from immediate family members only. Donations in lieu of flowers, in Alan's memory, were made to 'Darenth Valley Hospital' and the 'Bluebell Railway - Extension Project'.


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