Urie Society support

Following an afternoon discussing the trials and tribulations of restoring old steam locomotives, renowned radio presenter and railway enthusiast, Mark Collins, has enthusiastically accepted the role of honorary patron of the Urie Locomotive Society.  

Mark, who presents his shows at Wave 105, the South’s largest local radio station, has worked in radio for over 25 years, including stints at the old Virgin Radio and Talksport. His interest in railways has also taken him into television where he presented two series of Trainspotting for the Discovery Channel.

Having recently received an invitation from the Committee to become an honorary patron, Mark said “I went along to the Watercress Line on Saturday, had a look around the sheds at Ropley and had a fantastic afternoon. I spent hours there just chatting to the ULS team and admiring the commitment they have to restoring these two locomotives, the difficulties they come across and the hurdles they overcome in making sure that these things will run again on the railways of the UK. So I have accepted their invitation.”

We are delighted that Mark has accepted this role and look forward to seeing him at this year’s AGM on 18 November.

Please play the audio clip below to hear Mark talking about his visit to Ropley – you will need to listen beyond the first 30 seconds or so to get to the ULS bit!

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