Visited David Rouse (and his wife Laura) at their home in Williton, Somerset. Their old cottage is an “Aladdin’s Cave” of hundreds/thousands of Railway things:- books, magazines, photographs, postcards (3000), pictures, timetables, files of information, models.
Coincidentally David, was born in 1934 , the same year that 5028 was built! He worked for B.R. at Newton Abbot (N.A) from 2nd January 1950 until 1957. (through his mid teens & early twenties.) Initially he was a cleaner for a year and then a fireman on local trains,
mainly between N.A & Exeter, N.A & Plymouth, and on the Kingswear line, of which he has fond memories.
He wasn’t in the job long enough to progress to Top Link jobs, leaving in 1957 to go to the Festiniog Railway as a driver. Left Festiniog in the early 1960’s to do a variety of other jobs.
David was instrumental in saving no 3205, now on the South Devon Railway. He raised £1550, which was a considerable amount at that time.
When the West Somerset Railway was saved for preservation in 1976 he became a driver there and