The Clergy and Railways!?!

  rogerfarnworth Train Controller

I was asked to give a talk in 2020 to a clergy discussion group in the UK on the subject 'Clergy and Trains'. This group had decided to have its annual outing on The East Lancs Railway and I was to be the after dinner 'entertainment'! It did not work out, for obvious reasons in 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic altered everyone's plans!

However, as a result of the request,  I began to study what was available online and in the press on this subject and the place it takes in the wide range of interests available to the clergy. ... Whether my research counts as original research, I very much doubt. However, you might find what follows of interest!

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that the clergy love trains."  So started an article by Ed Beavan in the Church Times on 15th June 2011, entitled 'All Steamed Up About Trains'. [1] On the centenary of the birth of the Revd W. V. Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, Ed Beavan asked, in his article in the Church Times, why so many clergy are railway buffs.

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  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

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  allan Chief Commissioner

But, the subject is interesting... It is clear that the English clergy has (and has had) members strongly interested in the railways, as has the Australian clergy. The question is whether their input is disproportionate to their numbers: I suspect not.

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