David A. Johnson
29th March 1939 – 30th Jan 2014
David’s love of trains began when his father took him train and tram spotting in Birmingham during the late 1940s and early 1950s. His father passed away when David was only 16 but he still had railway journeys to complete and locos to photograph! He became a founder of the Severn Valley Railway in the late 1960s and was instrumental in the restoration and managing of the railway and sourcing locos and coaches. He was a financial director of the SVR for over 30 years.
Whilst fund raising for the SVR he became involved in modelling and in particular was passionate about Trix, becoming one of the foremost collectors in Europe with a huge and varied collection; he didn’t stop there as he also collected Hornby Dublo, Triang, Marklin and others. Although he was a towering figure physically, thus always easy to spot in salerooms or fairs, this belied his kind and soft-spoken nature; he will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him.
David’s professional life began in the Birmingham Municipal Bank, then TSB and Lloyds TSB in succession, until he took early retirement in the 90s. He then worked for Millbrook House Ltd, railway and transport photo archives and publishers which he immensely enjoyed. He was proud to publish some of the best railway photo books and magazines, many of which are still around today.
He leaves his two daughters Helen and Clair, who intend to continue their father’s involvement with the Severn Valley Railway.
David's collection of model trains is now up for auction with Aston's on 23rd July 2015.