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Prospective new TOC Vintage Trains announces MD

Heritage rail firm Vintage Trains, which has plans to set up as a train operating company (TOC), has announced that Cath Bellamy will join the company as its managing director.

Cath is a former managing director of Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains and has previously held a number of roles at the Department for Transport.

Vintage Trains chair Adrian Shooter said: “The creation of Vintage Trains Ltd as a licensed train operating company is all about securing the future of mainline steam for many more years.

“Having worked with Cath for 15 years, I know that she will bring boundless energy and enthusiasm to this exciting new role. She has always had a very sharp focus on customers and is very keen to open up the world of steam trains to a much wider audience.


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“The appointment comes at a time when our share offer has almost reached our minimum figure, £800,000, which we need to get the company off the ground.”

Cath added: “I am looking forward to joining the very experienced and knowledgeable team at Tyseley, already recognised as the foremost centre of steam locomotive engineering.

“There is a lot to do but we have made a great start. Our operating licence is expected within weeks, we are ready to recruit an outstanding team of drivers, guards and others so that we can get started on this great mission. Watch out for announcements, soon, about our first trains.”


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