Paul Anderson

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Paul Anderson, in the well washed overalls in the cab, driving Prince on a ballast train at Campbell's Siding in August 1967.

Paul Anderson (1945 - 2017) was for a few years a fireman on BR Southern Region at Nine Elms depot and as a sideline spent much time cleaning Bulleid Pacifics for enthusiasts' tours out of Waterloo. He related that he once put the front of a Bulleid pacific down the turntable pit. He was on duty at Nine Elms on the last day of steam in 1967.

The Winter 66/67 Magazine reported that Paul Anderson had joined the PW department.[1] Paul had been an active London Area Group member for several years. His nick name was "Bruin". (Howes 2014) He was a good friend of Bob Harris and Anthony Massau and helped by getting his father, who worked in a steel stockholder business, to supply steel needed for the rebuilding of Britomart. He was an FR fireman. There was at least one occasion when he drove Prince on a ballast train in August 1967. It was not an entirely auspicious day because a ballast wagon was derailed at Tan y Bwlch by being pushed over a stop block. [2] According to Fred Howe's information Paul left the P.W. Department in May 1968.[1]

He later worked on the buses and had a keen interest in the project to build BR Standard Class 3 No. 82045 on the SVR. [3]

He had an infectious laugh.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Staff News", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 35, page(s): 7
  2. ^ Temple M (2024), personal experience.
  3. ^ "Paul Anderson (Obit.)", Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Issue 236, page(s): 584
  4. ^ Harris R (2024) Post on Bristol Group Facebook page on 26/1/2024