Published: 10th September 2014
At the Bodmin And Wenford Railway's Autumn Steam Gala this weekend the Furthest Travelled Award went to Mr. Peter Black from Manly in New South Wales, Australia, some 10,000 miles from Bodmin. Mr. Black is a self confessed steam enthusiast, but his day job is as a Senior Captain with QANTAS flying 747's. Stopovers at Heathrow have allowed him time off to visit the preserved steam railways in Britain, and seizing the opportunity before imminent retirement he travelled down from Paddington to Bodmin on the Night Riviera, enjoyed a day sampling vintage steam travel on the steep gradients between Parkway, Bodmin General and Boscarne Junction, before returning to London on the early evening train. By now he should be somewhere between Heathrow and Sydney.
Retirement means that he will be able to spend more time as a volunteer driver at the Zig Zag Steam Railway in New South Wales, and at Bendigo Tramways in Victoria, which he says "in many ways is more enjoyable than flying Jumbo Jets."