Having grown up in Cambridge alongside one-time Gresley Society members Leslie Peters and Derrick Dant, Allan Garraway joined the railways for what one would have assumed to be a long and promising career. In September 1953 he became Technical Assistant to the Motive Power Superintendent responsible for AWS. This provided him with the opportunity for numerous footplate trips testing the newly installed equipment and it was during this time that he got to know Bill Hoole particularly well, though the two had first met in March 1953 during trials to improve the steaming of the single chimney A4s.
In 1990 Allan Garraway became Chairman of the Gresley Society, then President from 1997 until 2006.
Allan passed away in his sleep on Monday the 29th December. A Cambridge man, he was in his 89th year.
This unique outing by steam train celebrates the 50th anniversary of the original rail tour on the 24th October 1964. The Jubilee Requiem was a return trip over the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross and Newcastle. It ran in recognition of the demise in normal service over this route of the A4 class “Pacific” steam locomotive. This was a replica of that trip in 2014 by traveling the same route with the same locomotive, No. 60009 “Union of South Africa”.