Restoring rail trolleys is a labour of love for John

Restoring rail trolleys is a labour of love for John

1714580301. 22/04/14. Left to right - Rev John Guise and Lord Faulkner of Worcester with one of the three GWR luggage trollies at Great Malvern Railway Station that Rev Guise has restored. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5594289)

1714580302. 22/04/14. Left to right - Rev John Guise and Lord Faulkner of Worcester with one of the three GWR luggage trollies at Great Malvern Railway Station that Rev Guise has restored. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5594291)

1714580303. 22/04/14. One of the three GWR luggage trollies at Great Malvern Railway Station restored by Rev John Guise. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5594293)

1714580304. 22/04/14. One of the three GWR luggage trollies at Great Malvern Railway Station restored by Rev John Guise. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5594295)

1714580305. 22/04/14. One of the three GWR luggage trollies at Great Malvern Railway Station restored by Rev John Guise. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5594297)

First published in News

REGULAR users of Great Malvern railway station will have noticed the antique-style trolleys that have recently appeared on the station.

But they may not know that restoring the luggage carriers was a labour of love for retired pharmacist and ordained minister John Guise, who lives in Leigh.

He said the obsolete trolleys were given to him by retired railwayman Des Simmonds, who had kept them in his garden.

Mr Guise said: "They were rotting away and Des knew I liked restoring things, so he asked me if I wanted to have a go."

The job took Mr Guise the best part of ten years, and he replaced almost all the original wood, sandblasted the petal parts and restored the trolleys to the conditions they would have been in during the heyday of the Great Western Railway .

"Once I finished them, I started to wonder what I was going to do with them, and then I got talking to Peter Clement of Malvern Civic Society."

Mr Clement, who runs the society's subgroup Friends of Malvern Railways, said: "I talked to Network Rail and arranged to have the trolleys installed on the station. Two of them are on platform one and the smallest one is in the waiting room."

And Lord Faulkner of Worcester, president oft the Cotswold Line Promotion Group visited the station to inspwect bnteh trolleys in situ.

Mr Guise said: "It's nice to know that they are in the right place."

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11:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Geoffery1966 says...

Ensure that they are bolted to the floor or some undesirable will have them away !
Ensure that they are bolted to the floor or some undesirable will have them away ! Geoffery1966
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Tue 29 Apr 14

bob.tilley says...

They are bolted down. If you had visited the station you would not have needed to comment.
They are bolted down. If you had visited the station you would not have needed to comment. bob.tilley
  • Score: -1

11:07am Thu 1 May 14

Nathan Barley says...

I tried to have these trolleys away but found to my displeasure that they were securely bolted down
I tried to have these trolleys away but found to my displeasure that they were securely bolted down Nathan Barley
  • Score: 2

12:30pm Fri 2 May 14

Bufton Tufton says...

Geoffery1966 wrote:
Ensure that they are bolted to the floor or some undesirable will have them away !
I would love to have them away but I object to being termed an "undesirable"!
[quote][p][bold]Geoffery1966[/bold] wrote: Ensure that they are bolted to the floor or some undesirable will have them away ![/p][/quote]I would love to have them away but I object to being termed an "undesirable"! Bufton Tufton
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Sun 4 May 14

chrism says...

Isn't the whole issue that the trolleys are desirable?
Isn't the whole issue that the trolleys are desirable? chrism
  • Score: 0

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