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David Shepherd RIP

Postby johnthefireman » Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:54 am

On a week when we are saddened by the loss of our own forum member Philip Martin, there is also the sad news that David Shepherd has died. David was a railway preservationist whose interest spanned two continents, Europe and Africa. He owned a number of steam locos in South Africa, Zambia and UK, and is renowned as a railway artist. Later in life his main focus switched to wildlife conservation, and his art reflected the shift. I had the priviliege of meeting David in South Africa a few years ago when we operated his South African 15F locomotive for him in Ficksburg. I was firing the loco with David riding on the footplate and thoroughly enjoying himself. I recall his words about his shift of focus from steam engines to wildlife - "you can always build a new steam engine, but once tigers have become extinct you can't replace them" (paraphrased from memory). RIP.

Renowned artist, conservationist and railway enthusiast dies at the age of 86
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Re: David Shepherd RIP

Postby johnthefireman » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:33 am

And here is a 75 minute video tribute which includes a fair bit of railway interest:

The Man who Loves Giants - David Shepherd
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Re: David Shepherd RIP

Postby David Benton » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:44 pm

Thanks John.
I have made this a sticky announcement, along with Phillips , though I don't believe David was a member of this forum.
I think its the least we can do to honour those that have passed.
RIP.
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