The RST Trustees are as follows:

Mike Lang – Trustee – 2018

Mike joined the Trust in 2018 after serving as a long-term volunteer at Great Central Railway, heading up their Carriage & Wagon department.  We welcomed Mike with open arms to the Rolling Stock Trust; his knowledge of railway vehicle restoration is second to none! He is very much a hands-on restoration specialist, and is determined that the Trust has both Restoration workshop and Storage shed to provide maximum cover.  Mike and his family own later period Gresley passenger carriages.

Photo: Mike Lang (middle, black tie)

Arthur Barber – Trustee – 2002  

Formerly employed on British Rail as locomotive crew (King’s Cross and Colwick….) and latterly as field staff member with British Telecom.   Passed Locomotive Fireman and Driver, steam and diesel with Great Central Railway (Nottingham) (GCRN).   Founder member of the Great Central Railway Northern Development Association, predecessor of GCRN and President of Heritage Centre Model Railway Society.  Fund raiser and team organiser of site events at the Centre and Carriage restoration,especially BR Mk 1 carriages, and facilities maintenance.

Photo: Arthur Barber (Left)

Andrew David – Trustee – 2017  Technical Author, Lecturer and Editor.  Leading light in Quainton Rail Preservation Group.   Andrew is a recent volunteer on the 6-wheeler restoration team.

Mike Firth  – Treasurer and Company Secretary – 2010 
Chartered Accountant.  Formerly with Boots the Chemist.  East Midlands Railway Trust (EMRT) Trustee and Treasurer, former GCRN company secretary and leading Committee Member of the Nottingham Society of Miniature and Experimental Engineers (NSMEE) at Ruddington.

Andrew Horrocks-Taylor – Trustee – 2012
Qualified Engineer and Marketing specialist.  In aerospace employment.  Lead in GCR 567 Locomotive Group. Aids the preservation of Trust’s exterior stored vehicles.

Photo: Andrew David (2nd row left), Mike Firth (front row left), Andrew Horrocks-Taylor (back row, 3rd from right)

Tony Keeble – Trustee – 2006

Born into a family of railway people over three generations.  Formerly in various Commercial roles in the national rail system and latterly with the Anglia rail franchise, based at King’s Cross and Cambridge stations.  Source of rescue of 6-wheeler no.946 from British Rail, removing to the Drage farm in Cambridgeshire and then to Ruddington. Lead in the Trust’s restoration of this vehicle.  Rail modeller in Gauge 1.  Key restoration project manager.



Roger Penson – Trustee – 2015 

Gained his B. Ed (Hons) at Nottingham University. Specialist in fabric design,manufacture and use. Key member leading research into the Barnum restoration programmes and planning of finishings.  Lead in upholstery operations with 20 years’ experience in Antique Furniture restoration, including running his own business and teaching age ranges from Young adults to Mature students;  then 30 years’ experience in management development – working with Senior Management (level 5) to shop floor staff, focusing on effective process and quality management skills’ development, both in UK and abroad; also much concerned with skills’ development in the workforce, and in planning for the future, including transfer skills to younger workers, and that new skills are identified and developed.   Past-chairman of a regional group supporting a national Charity.

Photo: Roger Penson (right)

John Quick – Trustee – 2012

Retired Analytical Chemist.  Has had an interest in railways for well over 60 years and was a keen train-spotter at an early age with interest in the former GCR beginning in 1960, deciding then to build scale models of GCR subjects to an increasingly high standard.  Over the years several layouts, based on GCR prototypes, have been exhibited many times.  As a GCR modeller and historian, first published in 2013 title featuring liveries applied to GCR locomotives, now researching a history of GCR passenger carriages.   Sought-after presenter of illustrated talks and lectures to railway and local history societies.   Former Chairman – Great Central Railway Society.   Key adviser on GCR historical accuracy and carriage liveries.

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Pat Sumner – Trustee – 2006   

Present CME. Formerly in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.  Former British Rail carriage and wagon specialist, at Peterborough, King’s Cross, Bounds Green…..  Co-mover in the rescue and delivery of 6-wheeler no.946.   Crucial engineering adviser, practitioner and adviser in the restoration to operation of no.946 and the planning of the Barnum carriages.

Photo: Pat Sumner (right)

Richard Tilden Smith – Trustee – 2002 

Journalist (specialist subjects – transportation and construction).  Involved in Public Relations, Secretariat for Trade Associations. Former Director of GCR PLC, Chairman/Director GCRN Ltd, Trustee – EMRT and a founding Member of GCR RST.   Practitioner – long term National Trust volunteer/GCRN worker.  Rail model maker. Trust administration.

Front row (l to r) – Melvyn Rowthorne, Francis Bailey, Roger Penson
Back row (l to r) – Andrew David, Tony Keeble, John Quick, Wilf Ankers, Keith Stimpson, Clyde Pennington, Andrew Horrocks-Taylor, Pat Sumner. Flanked by (left) Mike Firth and (right) Richard Tilden Smith.