The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) mourns the passing of the “Father of the Railway” Tom Salmon and his wife Erica.
Erica Salmon passed away on Christmas Eve and was quickly followed by her husband Tom Salmon who died on Christmas morning.
Earlier in the year during the NYMR’s 40th Anniversary Gala, although not well at the time, 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.
Without his vision the NYMR would not be as it is today the world’s most popular heritage railway, as it was Tom who first called together the meeting of the preservation society to his house back in 1967.
Tom and Erica lifelong supporters and volunteers of the NYMR along with their two daughters who they are survived by Nina and Wendy, throughout the years have helped support the NYMR and Tom in his vision.
Philip Benham, 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.”
Whilst the NYMR is running over the Christmas and New Year period until Sunday 5 January, wreaths will be placed on the front of the engines in memory of Tom and Erica.