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A tribute by John Atkinson - 10th November 2020.
Feeling sad this evening on learning that our friend Glen Woods passed away on Sunday last. We have lost a great railwayman and a good friend to me who freely passed-on his knowledge and was very active in his retirement scanning and documenting all sorts of interesting items held in the Bluebell Archives at Horsham.
A career railwayman and supportor to BloodandandCustard, Glen was particularly interested in Pullman Cars, Milk Train workings, SR loco-hauled set formations and specialised in studying the Lancing Works Carriage Register which detailed every vehicle passing through that works. He knew my interest in 'things EMU' and made available to me his scans of the 'Unit Record Cards'. I know Glen was working steadily through these and recording everything digitally to make it more available.
Glen published an excellent book a couple of years back called 'Lancing 1956' which is an example of his meticulous work. It would be nice to think that the later years he was working on will at some point still become available to a wider audience too as a tribute to him.
Below is a sample scan of one of the 'Unit Record Cards', this one being for 4 COR unit no.3119. The original unit no.3119 was totally destroyed at Portsmouth Harbour by incendiary bombs on 10th January 1941. This card details the history of the post-war replacement unit. The two 'new' trailers 10073 and 11859 were new in May 1946 and saw temporary use in 6 CITY sets nos.3041 and 3043 waiting completion of their new motor coaches 11117 and 11192 which as the card shows were released 2nd November 1946 and the 'new' 3119 formed. The condemnation date is the final entry. My SR units records would be far less comprehensive without data like this and I am deeply grateful to Glen for his assistance over the years during numerous enjoyable visits to his home in Mile Oak.
Thank you Glen from all of us.