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Sad passing of Don Ashton


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Posted: Wed 15th Apr 2020, 8:53am
Sad passing of Don Ashton

I have the sad task of announcing that Don Ashton passed away in Salford Royal Hospital on Sunday 12th at 10.15 pm just two days before his 81st birthday. For the last sixty years he has been a really good friend. Don has helped so many model engineers over the years through phone calls and emails mostly relating to valve gear problems. He would selflessly spend many hours in correspondence or just talking to them. After spending a lifetime studying the subject he published the definitive work on both Stephenson’s and Walschaerts valve gear. During the early seventies Don conducted extensive correspondence with (E.S. Cox, H. S. Gowan, Jim Ewins and Prof W. Hall) discussing many technical issues. As many of you will know Don was involved in the 4700 Night Owl project where he will be sadly missed. I have so many happy memories of Don, a great friend, I will miss the fun we had together. Rest in peace Don.

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