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Richard Campbell 1952 - 2016

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On Monday 27th June we learned the very sad news that Richard Campbell passed away the previous night. He had been poorly with pneumonia for some time, but the news of his passing is still a terrible shock. He did so much for NELPG and our locomotives over his many years of involvement with the Group, but particularly with the A2 after the Durham incident. A kind and warm hearted individual, he will be greatly missed.

Richard at Hopetown, November 2006 - Nigel Hall

We have now received details of Richard Campbell's funeral arrangements:

It will be held at 11am on Tuesday 12 July at St. George's Church, Southmoor, Stanley and afterwards at Mountsett Crematorium. Lunch afterwards at The Hobson, Burnopfield.

Family flowers only. Any donations to NELPG, and should be given to the Funeral Director for Richard's sister, Sheila, to pass on to the NELPG Treasurer.


Some tributes from NELPG members following the news of Richard’s death on 26 June 2016.

Very sad – Richard will be a hard act to follow.

I will always remember him as a very knowledgeable person, knowledge that he was willing to share with we lesser mortals for the good of the job in hand, and he did so with what seemed to be limitless patience. A gentle man who will be missed by all at NELPG.

A few years ago whilst staying at Hawes I went across to Hopetown for some daytime work. As it happened there wasn't any but Nigel Hall wanted help to fetch an axlebox from Richard's home and take it to Grosmont. It was very cold with deep snow on the Moors. It was my only visit to Richard's home on top of a windy hill. We asked Richard what would happen to all his knowledge about bearings, their measurements etc etc etc. His reply was that it was all recorded in a "little red book" (although it might have been black) which he kept under his bed.

We have known Richard since the early 1990s, working on the Standard Class 2 at Darlington. He kept me always on my toes but I learnt a lot of railway engineering from him. My wife was accepted by him, he once said she was one of the lads! Another time at a rally word went round that Richard had got himself a woman, because he was seen talking to her. Richard called our daughter, 'Grease Nipple' and she called him 'Trickie Dickie' - only a six year old could get away with it. Now she is 30 she wonders who we mean if we say Richard. He is still Trickie to her. Great memories and he will be greatly missed by NELPG and railway preservation as well.

I didn't know Richard well, but his contribution to NELPG was significant and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and close friends.

A sad day but one full of happy memories.

Very sad news indeed about Richard - a lovely chap and a great loss to the Group. I last saw him at Tanfield about a year ago and he was in good spirits then - I shall remember him that way and will miss our conversations about this that and everything. He was usually right of course and totally on the ball about most things railways.

Very sad news to hear about Richard. I thought of him as a good friend and a pleasure to work for and with. He always had time to clear up any queries you had about locomotives. I've learnt a lot while in his company.

What sad news to hear this morning. Richard has always been such an inspiration and a little ray of sunshine whenever you met him, but his wealth of working knowledge of our locomotives will be greatly missed, and I would say it will be impossible to find another person with such experience.

Totally shocked! Big loss to the railway heritage fraternity...

I'm devastated. Such a wonderful man with a real sense of humour. He once told us, whilst working on the K1 pony truck at Grosmont, using his meticulous records "When I fall off the end of the perch, all these records will be in the filing cabinet, bottom drawer, under the books".

Very sad news indeed. I remember that horrible Durham incident. What a shame Richard will not see Blue Peter back in action.

When I was a volunteer for NELPG at Darlington I remember, whatever the circumstances, nothing was too much trouble for him to do or, if it needed it, to re-do.

I am saddened to learn of Richard Campbell's passing. He truly was a lovely man who would talk to you for ages about trains and classic cars etc. He became a friend over the years since I met him and I would often bump into him at Tanfield Railway events as well. He was always patient and always gave you the confidence to do a job even if it didn't always go right. When that did happen he never made a big issue of it and helped you to do the job again till you had the confidence to do it yourself. I remember I spent some times working the Jacobite with him. They were always good times and he always liked to hear Paula singing in the Alex and she would often sing brown eyed girl for him which he always liked. We have lost someone who is irreplaceable.

I was saddened and surprised by the news of Richard's passing even though I knew he had been ill for some time. He was one of those guys you just expect to be around for ever. What makes the situation sadder is that he was in the final stages and preparations of his move to Aviemore, a move that he was very much looking forward to - such a shame that dream can no longer be fulfilled. Richard was a very nice gentle man who seemed to have the patience of a Saint, particularly with someone like me and his guidance and advice on technical and engineering matters was much appreciated. I had a great deal of respect for Richard and he will be sorely missed.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 10:50