Weston Langford, born in 1941, has always had an abiding interest in railways, even from times before he can remember, as held up against him at past family gatherings. No one in his immediate family had anything to do with railways. A very distant relative, Wilfred Henty, came to light after the publication of 'Steam on the lens'. The common ancestor, one Thomas Henty, is some five generations back. Some similarities of approach might be discerned. For Weston railways were both a vocation and an outside interest as well. The following extracts from his curriculum vitae set the background for this collection.
Between this appointment and the next Weston travelled, spending time in the British Isles, Kenya and Uganda.
His 'out of hours' railway interest were pursued as a voluntary worker with Puffing Billy during the years 1957 to 1965, 1975 to 1976 and from 1985 until his retirement from Puffing Billy late in 2011. In later years he was the professional support to the Way and Works Manager. The main job during this time was the extension of the Railway to Gembrook, completed in 1998. He was also a foundation member of the Association of Railway Enthusiasts.
As a railway enthusiast Weston was a member of a privileged generation. Many of the things we once took for granted simply are not there any more. The special train programme is a shadow of its former self. Photographic stops are deemed to be too dangerous. The free access to many places of railway interest is now effectively closed off. It remains now to share the good things that came Weston's way.
Weston passed away on 29th January 2014. This website is now being maintained by Weston's son-in-law, Andrew Godfrey.