37175 named at Bo’ness

37175  “W.S. Sellar”

As widely rumoured for some months, 37175 has been named at Bo’ness. In a ceremony on the evening of Saturday 2nd July and as part of the celebrations to mark the 40th Anniversary of SRPS Railtours, Scottish Railway Preservation Society stalwart Stuart Sellar (senior) performed the naming, ably assisted by his grandson Calum who is already an SRPS Diesel Group volunteer.

Thinking that 37175 was to be named after SRPS Railtours, it came as some surprise to Stuart when the curtain was finally pulled back that it bore his name, the one known to everyone who has seen his railway photographs – “W.S. Sellar”, and complete with a Scottish Region Blue background.

A  fitting tribute to a fine gentleman of the railway preservation scene and one of the most respected railway photographers.

Prior to naming 37175 worked the 1535 Bo'ness to Manuel Junction & return, seen here ready to run onto the front of the train - photo Matt Stoddon

A somewhat shocked Stuart (W.S.) Sellar, with grandson Calum, reveal the name of 37175 - photo Matt Stoddon

W.S.Sellar in the driver's seat of W.S.Sellar, 37175 - photo courtesy of David Dibben


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Posted July 4, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News