Eye was shocked to hear today that Tom Clift had passed away.
Tom recently described himself as follows:
Tom Clift has worked in the railway industry since 1972.
He has covered many roles including Operations, General Management, Business and Resources (including whilst MD of one company - being passed out as a Guard!).
Most recently Tom was MD of Open Access operator Grand Central, which he joined in August 2007, shortly before passenger services commenced. Before this he was MD of Valley Lines.
In 2011 Grand Central was judged by passengers to be Britain's most popular rail company (according to Passenger Focus).
At the beginning of 2012 Tom left Grand Central and is now advising rail companies facing similar challenges.
Tom is married, has a daughter and a Westie and lives in Caerphilly, South Wales.
Tom supports Sheffield United FC, Caerphilly and Wales Rugby teams.
He is misguided enough to own a former British Rail Class 26 diesel locomotive.
Many readers will remember Tom for his dry humour, enthusiasm, care for colleagues and attention to detail.
Residents of Great Minster House, Kemble Street, King's Place and Bernard Street will remember him for his tenacity!
Tom - Eye salutes you.