The National Traction Engine Trust

The following words have been written by Anthony Coulls for an on behalf of the National Traction Engine Trust.

"Sir William - Bill - McAlpine was an enthusiast - an enthusiast for life, people and steam. The NTET is sorry to have lost Bill, for not only was he a valuable and supportive Patron, he was a lively and generous character and a very long standing member of the Trust. Many people know of his contribution to railway heritage, but for a good number of years, he owned and rallied a fine collection of traction engines and road steam vehicles from his Fawley property. Always willing to share time or experience, a number of special events at Fawley Hill in the last decade allowed he and Lady Judy to share their museum, railway and especially their company. We were privileged indeed to have Bill and Judy as guests at our AGM dinner, where Bill's contribution to preservation was recognised with the Bill McAlpine trophy - which he was the recipient of. A real gentleman whose legacy is far and wide in the heritage world and whose name will be always spoken with respect and admiration. Rest in Peace Bill, it was a pleasure to have known you."


05 Mar 2018