​My father, Jim Faley, who has died aged 90, was a man who lived his life based on family, a strong work ethic and integrity. In the 1940s and 50s he was employed as a fireman on steam locomotives with the London and North Eastern Railway, and his tasks included firing the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman.

When he was nearly home, my mother and brother would stand on a bridge waiting for his train to pass underneath. He would blow the whistle and give an extra “toot” if he was going to make it back for tea.

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