It was Alan's intervention that made the restoration of the Ffestiniog Railway a possibility, from which the initial funds needed to transfer ownership of the FR to the current administration were provided.
Alan was President of both the Ffestiniog Railway Society and the Festiniog Railway Company. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List in 2006.
Alan died on Sunday 18th March 2012 after a short illness. He was 91.
He last visited the railway in October 2011.