It is with tremendous sadness I report the death of Peter Taylor in the Macmillan Unit at Royal Derby Hospital in the early hours of this morning.
Peter really was our unsung hero who acknowledged a few years ago that he couldn't practically help with the renovation and restoration of our Railway but very unexpectedly said he wanted to see the line open to Idridgehay and would £100,000 do it?
Undoubtedly we would not be running trains to Idridgehay let alone Duffield without his considerable help. His last offer was to say "what would be the cost of a steam operation in the summer peak?" and when told this would be of the order of £25,000 breathed deeply and told me to get on with it. He ensured that before his last journey to hospital, declaring that "I am reaching the terminus", that the funds were in place to see this wish come to fruition.
Our Railway owes so much to this one man who during his lifetime wanted no recognition. Peter was steeped in local railway traditions, held our line in deep affection and was its last Operations Manager before it was left to slumber.
Our thoughts go out to Evelyn who did so much to support and comfort him over the last few years.
The funeral arrangements I believe are on Wednesday 19th June at Markeaton Crematorium in the early afternoon but I will confirm when I have further and better particulars.