Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Bern The Lens Retires

Forty four years to the day after he joined what was then British Rail, Bern the Lens has hung up his ticket machine operating finger and pottered off to spend more time in his beloved Buckland Monachorum and chasing trains around the countryside with his camera at the ready.

Sadly, I couldn't be at his retirement do but he's sent me some photos of the day.

The Plym Valley Railway laid on a steam loco and carriages for a grand send off and I believe that ale may have played a part in the proceedings.

Here's a couple of shots from the day, firstly the Retirement Express in action:Next up a small selection of railway people marking the passing of an era with Bern the Lens's departure from full time employment (attractive bunch aren't they?...):
And lastly, but a very long way from leastly - Bern the Lens himself at the presentation part of proceedings alongside his everloving Audrey. Behind are more assorted railway folk in civilian dress.

I'm sure everyone will join me in wishing Bern a long and happy retirement and in wishing Audrey (Mrs the Lens) our commiserations that she'll have him cluttering the house up a lot more in the days to come.

All the best, Bern. See you again soon, I'm sure.

There's a link to some of Bern the Lens's excellent photography on the right, do have a peek.

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