York & North Yorkshire

Family pays tribute to Yorkshire Moors railway death man

Robert Lund
Image caption Mr Lund's family said he was a "keen railway enthusiast"

The family of a former police officer who died while working on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway have described him as "a caring husband and father".

Robert Lund, 65, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, was killed after he became trapped between two carriages while working as a volunteer guard.

The incident happened on 21 May at Grosmont Station.

British Transport Police (BTP) said it believed the death was "non-suspicious".

Mr Lund's family said he was a former Humberside Police officer who retired from the service in 1997 but continued to work as a civilian in the force until his retirement last year.

The family said: "Robert was a reliable and caring husband and father who was always a keen railway enthusiast and enjoyed playing for the Humberside Police rugby team.

"He enjoyed working as a volunteer at the North Yorkshire Moors railway, where he began working as a ticket inspector before progressing to a train guard."

Philip Benham, NYMR general manager, said: "The accident took place during a shunting operation which is where we detach and attach carriages, a normal routine procedure.

"The railway will be conducting its own investigation alongside those of the British Transport Police, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch and the Office of Rail Regulation to establish what went wrong, and determine any action that might be needed to prevent a recurrence."

The railway line is a popular tourist attraction staffed largely by volunteers.

It runs steam trains through the North York Moors National Park on an 18-mile (29km) route from Grosmont to Pickering with some services running a further six miles (9km) into Whitby.

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