The Irish Railway Record Society in London is a hub of railway enthusiasts from all walks of life. We ask the same questions but always get different answers!
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Member: Tim Morton
Occupation: I am retired from a 40-year career as a transport consultant, involved with all modes of land transport.
Do you have a role in the society?: I currently chair the London Area, with a general responsibility to “keep the wheels turning”.
When did you first become a member of the Irish Railway Record Society in London and why?: I have been a member since coming to London in the early 1970s, a Committee member since the 1980s, and Chair since 2003. The Society provides a unique forum for those interested in Irish railways and I have continually learned so much from our speakers.
What is your favourite Irish railway station or location and why?: Adelaide on the Great Northern mainline in Belfast – mainly due to childhood memories of the station, the trains passing through, and the adjacent steam locomotive shed. It was always an interesting place to be.
What area of railways interests you the most?: Trains and railway operations, with a special passion for steam locomotive performance. I have travelled the world with my stopwatch and recorded steam loco performance on five continents. Elsewhere, I am very interested in the services that railways provide to their customers, and the difference that they make to social and economic life.
If you could take a journey on any railway in the world, which would it be? Or describe it if you’ve already done it!: My dream would have been to have travelled behind “Mallard” at 126mph, still the world record speed for steam. For the future, my list includes riding Japan’s Shinkansen trains and a tour of China’s high speed network. And I never tire of the splendidly engineered Great Northern mainline between Belfast and Dublin.
Do you have any other hobbies or interests?: Photography (albeit largely related to railways), travel in general, current affairs, (watching!) international sport, exercise and the company of family and friends.
One unknown fact or claim to fame: I once emigrated to Canada (but came back!).