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Steam railway veteran takes final ride on beloved line

The "founding father" of a heritage steam railway has been honoured by having his coffin carried down the line ahead of his funeral later today.

Bernard Holden MBE devoted his life to railways. He was one of the founders of the heritage Bluebell Railway in East Sussex after British Rail closed the route in 1958.

The coffin of Bernard Holden is loaded to a brake van on the Bluebell Line steam railway near Lewes, East Sussex Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

His bowler hat and medals, including the Burma Star and his MBE for services to steam preservation, topped his coffin as it was carried into a break van on the line.

He passed away on October 4 aged 104.

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