Alan C Clothier

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Alan Clothier attended the 1951 Bristol Meeting. He was a Swindon Works trained locomotive engineer having served an apprenticeship there. He went on to have a long career with BR which included modifications to steam locomotives (double chimneys for Castles and Kings) and then on diesels. He ended his career after a considerable period in charge of diesel locomotive maintenance at Newcastle. In 2014 he published a book about early tramways which carried coal to the Tyne. (Clothier 2014) The area covered by this book is mainly that of the five wagonways delivering coal to their staithes on the River Tyne at Lemington from collieries at Wylam, Heddon, Throckley, Walbottle, Hollywell and Black Callerton.

Here is the entry in Steam Index - although Alan has indicated it may not be completely correct.

"Clothier, Alan Cary Born 10 January 1928. Educated Sexey's School Bruton. Draughtsman at Swindon responsible for design of double chimneys fitted to King and some Castle class in final period of steam: see Durrant p. 129. Shed master Cardiff East Dock 1955; Technical Assistant to Superintendent MPD Newton Abbot 1957; Works Study Officer MPD South Wales 1958; Divisional Maitenance Engineer Newcastle 1965-78. Cornwell Whos who. Frequent contributor to Great Western Railway Journal. Active on 82045 preservation at Bridgnorth."


Alan C Clothier (2014) Beyond the Blaydon Races.