Nick Ralls

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Nick Ralls joined the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society as General Manager of both SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society(H) and the Guarantee Company on 25 June 2007. The previous incumbent Colin Binch was succeeded by a group of three volunteers before Mr Ralls was appointed. He was succeeded by Helen Smith.

Prior to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

Previously he was Curator/Manager of Aston Hall in Birmingham, part of Birmingham Museums Service. Before this, he carried out a similar role at Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire for the National Trust, working as Property Manager. He worked in the heritage and volunteer sector since 1997, having qualified with a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from Leicester University.[1]

At the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

The new GM’s arrival would be less than one week after the worst event in SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society history, the 2007 Storm Damage.[2]. He oversaw the huge rebuilding and restoration operation that followed, which attracted a number of awards. During his tenure the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society opened The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley, the Diesel Depot and enhanced visitor facilities at Bridgnorth with a refreshment room in authentic GWRGreat Western Railway period style and much improved parking provision. It established the Heritage Skills Training Academy.

Other roles in the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society

He is a volunteer guard.

Departure

In 2019 Mr Ralls resigned to join the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust as chief executive, to return to the museum sector.[3]

See also

SVR General Managers

References

  1. SVR Live (Retrieved 4 April 2019)
  2. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 158
  3. Shropshire Live 25 June 2019 (Retrieved 28 June 2019)

Links

SVR Senior Management team on SVR Live