Ken Cordner, who played a leading role on this magazine for many years, died in his sleep as a result of undiagnosed heart problems in August.
Ken and I first met at the Oxford University Railway Society in the 1970s and soon formed what was to become a lifetime friendship cemented in railways (and the occasional pint of real ale). After a spell editing Modern Railways in the 1980s
I left for pastures new and, when asked about possible replacements, had no hesitation in recommending Ken, who at the time was in the London Underground press office. This spell for him as MR editor coincided with the apogee of Bob Reid’s business-led railway and he covered this exciting time with aplomb.