With great respect for his mechanical expertise, experience and 40 plus years of service to MOTAT the Society wish to acknowledge the retirement of Jim Savage, Rail Workshop Engineer.
Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Jim was an integral part of the volunteer team, both in the workshops and as a locomotive driver after achieving his locomotive driver’s qualification in November 1977. He was initially involved with the original restoration of L507, improving the appearance of the locomotive and after taking on the paid workshop engineer’s position in 2004, a role he has held for 17 years, he was heavily involved in L507’s third overhaul in 2007/8.
Jim’s reputation and legacy remain within the workshop and award-winning restoration of locomotive F180 Meg Merrilies, a project Jim started back in 1982 which continued at a slow pace and with limited funding for many years. Ultimately Jim saw this project to completion in August 2018and his role has transitioned to Meg’s “live day” driver.
Jim made the decision to retire in June, but whilst MOTAT is losing Jim as a staff member he will be staying on as a volunteer. The MOTAT Society wish Jim many happy years of retirement and continued volunteer contributions to the Museum and the Society. Jim is a life member of the MOTAT Society.