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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Genealogist Gets Namesake Back On Track

When conducting genealogical research, it's not unusual to find another person who bears your name. It is unusual to find a trolley car that bears your name.

When retired insurance broker Bernard Wickham went on the internet to trace his family tree the last thing he expected to stumble on was a rusting rail car trolley sharing his own name.
Mr [Peter] Treglown, who has been associated with South Devon Railway since he was 13, said the Bernard Wickham trolley had been made by Hertfordshire-based D Wickham & Co Ltd in the 1970s. It had been powered with a French Bernard Moteurs engine which is how it got its name. [Link]
Mr. Wickham has raised enough money to restore the car and put it into service.

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