‘Railway fanatic’, 24, dies on Gatwick Express

Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Simon Brown, railway fanaticA 24-yearold man died while leaning out of an unlocked window on the Gatwick Express as it was moving towards Wandsworth Common, in London Victoria, after suffering fatal head injuries on Sunday evening.


The victim, Simon Brown was described by his family as an ardent railway fanatic who hailed from East Grinstead in West Sussex and was associated with the rail industry. One of his friends named Rueben Smith said that Brown had an immense passion for railways.


Simon Brown had first volunteered for the Bluebell Railway at the tender age of nine and became a station master. Later, he used to render his services as an engineering technician with Hitachi Rail Europe, Bristol.


The authorities have reported the incident to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.


British Transport Police has said that Mr. Brown might have been leaning out of a train window when he suffered a blow on his head that claimed his life. His fellow passengers also said that Brown was leaning outside the window and it was then that he was hit badly.


The police authorities have been investigating the cause of the incident and have stated that Brown might have been looking out of the window to know why the train had moving at a slow pace.


A spokesperson at the Gatwick Express said that despite the efforts of the emergency services who reached the Wandsworth Common station, Brown could not be saved.


A railway conductor, Mr. Smith, who was familiar with Simon Brown since the victim was aged 12, said that he had launched a fundraising page to accumulate funds for arranging for his friend’s funeral.


Brown’s father, Mike said that ever since he was a toddler, he was intrigued by trains. He added that Brown used to work on a restoration project of the Great Northern and that he had quit school at the age of 18 with an aim to work as an apprentice with the Southern Trains. Mike also said that Brown had got a job with Hitachi just a few months ago and had moved to Gifford to stay with his girlfriend.


After the tragedy, Missy Wilson, Mr. Brown’s girlfriend returned to stay with her family in Pembrokeshire.



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