Rugby train enthusiasts pay tribute to much-loved Bryan

MHDE-22-08-11 RAILWAY AUG45 (3)'Bryan Burchell, will open his Daventry Garden Railway, to the public, over the Bank Holiday weekend.
MHDE-22-08-11 RAILWAY AUG45 (3)'Bryan Burchell, will open his Daventry Garden Railway, to the public, over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Rugby model train enthusiasts have paid tribute to a much-loved man who has died after a long illness.

Bryan Burchell died with his loved ones by his side last Saturday.

He was best known for running Daventry Garden Railway based at his home on the Southbrooke estate with his wife Sandra.

Kenneth Eyre, publicity officer for Rugby Model Engineering Society said members were saddened by Bryan’s death.

He said: “In his working career Bryan had worked for British Rail, and had a passionate interest in railway modelling both during his working life and retirement.

“I first became aware of Bryan and Sandra’s model railway activities when working in Daventry in the 70’s when they were well known for their 00 gauge garden railway.

“Later this railway was increased in gauge and was featured in the model railway press, and, if my memory serves me correctly also had some coverage in a TV programme.

“For many years the railway hosted public open days with the proceeds going to charities. In 2007 Bryan and Sandra joined Rugby Model Engineering Society who operate a miniature railway in the larger passenger carrying sizes.

“After purchasing a suitable 5 inch gauge locomotive they rendered valuable assistance to the society in using the loco at our public open days.

“After a short while Bryan and Sandra took over responsibility for the administration and operation of the children’s birthday party programme a task which Sandra still performs.

“Our thoughts go out to Sandra and Larraine at this sad and difficult time.”