Standing on the buffer beam of the DHR "B Class" loco, No. 19 at Railfest at National Railway Museum, York 2004,
(from left to right) - Mr Adrian Shooter, owner of No.19 Mr David Barrie, Chairman DHRS Sir Mark Tully, Patron DHRS
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (DHRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first Patron - the distinguished broadcaster and former BBC India chief correspondent, Sir Mark Tully OBE.
Sir Mark was born in Calcutta and his links with the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) are strong and personal: as a young boy he travelled on the line to school in Darjeeling and his father was a director of the then privately owned company.
DHRS Chairman David Barrie said "We are delighted that Sir Mark has consented to be our first Patron - his longstanding and deep affection for this wonderful little railway made him the ideal choice. He will be a marvellous ambassador for us."