The Class 56 Group

Rest in peace – Andrew (Brillo) Willson, Class 56 Group Treasurer and C56LL Director

It is with great sadness that I have to report the recent death of Andrew Wilson on January 19th.

Andrew had been involved with the Class 56 Group for many years in the roles of Treasurer and a Director of Class 56 Locomotives Ltd and was also involved with the Heritage Shunter Trust at Rowsley and PLEG.

Each group he was involved with benefited from his straightforward manner and straight forward talking and we count our selves lucky to have had Andrew as part of the C56G Commitee as he was a major driving force within the group.

The measure of Andrew’s contribution to the railway preservation movement is eidenced by the fact that the other groups he was involved with will be making similar comments on their own websites.

On a personal level I last saw Andrew after we ran the C56G sales stand together on the Festive Frolic railtour just before Christmas. We travelled home together and in the car he was good company as always and we chatted about many and varied things.

Andrew was a really nice guy and I’m sure I’m not alone within the Class 56 Group in being proud to have considered him as a friend.

Rest in peace mate.


on behalf of the Class 56 Group Committee