Former Gresley Society Vice Chairman, Andrew Dow, who resigned from the Society over the statue issue (having lead the project), has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, published today.
The honour is awarded for services to railway heritage. From 1992 to 1994 Andrew was head of the National Railway Museum in York. He was a past president of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and one time Commercial Director of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution. He also served on the boards of many railway charities and societies, including the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Association, the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway Society, the Great Central Railway Society and the British Overseas Railway Historical Trust, amongst many others. He was also a prolific writer of articles in the railway press ranging from book reviews to a monthly column.
In a statement, Andrew’s family said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that he has been awarded the British Empire Medal. We always knew what an intelligent, committed and wonderful man he was in his private life, but it means a great deal to us that his expertise and contribution to railway heritage has now been recognised publicly as well. Although we are sad that he is not able to receive the Award himself, he was told – in confidence – before he died that he would be receiving the BEM. He was humbled and quite overwhelmed by the Honour. The whole family look forward to receiving the BEM on his behalf later in the year”