My brother Ron Strutt, who has died aged 66 of cancer, was one of the leading lights in the creation of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, a volunteer-run line that was opened in the early 1970s and has been expanded since then to reach 5.5 miles in length.

Born in Welling, Kent, to Kenneth Strutt, an engineer in the tobacco industry, and his wife, Lilian (nee Banham), Ron went to St Dunstan’s College in Catford, south London. Always a little eccentric, and at school oblivious to academic rigour, as a teenager he obsessed about many things other than schoolwork, including the end of steam locomotion in Britain.

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Source: The Guardian

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