The North Yorkshire Moors’ heritage railway is this week mourning the loss of one of its founding fathers.
Tom Salmon died on Christmas morning, just hours after his wife, Erica, had also passed away.
The couple lived in Ruswarp and had both been in hospital after suffering from protracted illnesses.
Philip Benham, NYMR general manager said: “Our thoughts and prayers are now with Tom and Erica’s family. The volunteers and staff of the NYMR could not be more grateful for all they both have done for the Railway.”
Without his vision, Mr Benham said the NYMR would not be as it is today - the world’s most popular heritage railway.
It was Tom who first called together the meeting of the preservation society to his house back in 1967.
Throughout their lives Tom and Erica continued to be lifelong supporters and volunteers of the NYMR.
Their two daughters, Nina and Wendy, have joined in with this support and continue to volunteer for the railway, helping to preserve their father’s vision.
Earlier in the year, during the NYMR’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Tom and his wife Erica alongside the whole Salmon household came together on Ruswarp Station for a reunion of all the founding members of the NYMR.
Whilst the NYMR is running over the Christmas and New Year period until Sunday January 5, wreaths will be placed on the front of the engines in memory of Tom and Erica.