In recent years Paul had played an instrumental role in the creation of contents of the Heritage Information Boards project on the Glossop Line. Neil Williams Chair of FOGS had asked Paul in 2017 if he would create the contents for Ashburys and Gorton stations. Paul kindly agreed to do this. Neil comments, " As soon as I saw the first draft of the Ashburys board which began.....everybody knows who Manchester Victoria is named after, but what about Ashburys?.....I knew that Paul's personal writing style would draw the reader in!"
Neil continues," Paul had extensive railway knowledge of traction, stations and routes. But he wore this knowledge lightly. It was always a privilege to be in his company and listen to past making sense of present. Social history was embedded into his knowledge too. Visiting Gorton once with Paul he created a picture in words of its former mighty engineering works along with the people who once worked there."
In 2019 the boards, after much checking over a period of six months, were produced by Anne Michaelides of naturesigndesign and, with Northern and SEMCRP's support, installed at the two stations. In December 2019 Paul accompanied by his wife Shirley and Steve Forde formally launched the two boards at the stations. A proud moment!
Paul also kindly agreed to check the contents of the remaining five boards that were under production in this period. His editorial skills ensured that all errors were removed as the contents went back and forth to Anne. We are indebted to his patient appraisal of these contents.
Paul was a true gentleman in spirit and personality. He will be much missed in the railway world. Friends of Glossop Station would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Shirley and his family.