KEITH BEDDOES

If Keith hadn't acted on his annoyance at the continual cuts and closures by British Rail in the mid 1960s, then the Severn Valley Railway Society may never have been formed.

If Keith hadn't acted on his annoyance at the continual cuts and closures by British Rail in the mid 1960s, then the Severn Valley Railway Society may never have been formed.

Shortly after this, the newly formed group held a public meeting in the Cooper's Arms and created the first Severn Valley Railway Committee. Keith's involvement didn't stop there. According to many of the early volunteers, he was a driving force in the organisation, with unlimited enthusiasm and ability to motivate others.

LISTEN TO KEITH BEDDOES

(TALKING TO JULIA LETTS)

In this extract, Keith talks about how he felt at the end of the Cooper's Arms meeting. He also talks about early working parties during the summer of 1965.