Vale Ian Thornton.
Yesterday afternoon, Zig Zag Railway Member Number 1, Ian Thornton passed away at Nepean hospital in Sydney.

Ian was the co-founder of the Co-op and was instrumental in laying the foundations for what we all know the railway as today. His vision to see steam operate again over the Great Zig Zag was the catalyst for the birth of the tourist railway.

He also had tremendous involvement with mainline steam in NSW and was a well respected engineman. His involvement with 3801 saw him travel all over Australia in 1988 on the Bicentennial Train.

Ian’s presence in mainline steam operations will be sorely missed.

His funeral will be held at Hoskins Uniting Church in Lithgow, next Wednesday at 2.00 PM.

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