Many in the railway industry in Scotland will have been sad to hear of the passing of Ronnie Munro who was latterly Inverness Station Manager and retired in 1994.
He started his career at Tillynaught and was Station Master at Knockando at one time.
David Spaven, who knew Ronnie well and says he can still recollect his accent, mentioned him in his book, Highland Survivor:
"Following the successful [peat train] trials [on the Far North Line, in 1987 and 88], with both trains loaded directly from the lineside - the first during the night, and the second in daylight on a Sunday - we developed plans for a weekly train from Scotscalder, making marginal use of otherwise idle locomotives for Sunday loading, and back-loading otherwise empty coal containers from Inverness. Integral to the success of unusual workings such as these was a 'can do' attitude among BR staff and managers, epitomised by the ScotRail Manager at Inverness, Ronnie Munro: a classic railwayman who would get things done, provided you didn't ask too many questions about how he did it..."
Jim Summers, who was Regional Operations Manager, British Rail Scottish Region until his retirement said this:
"Ronnie was a great servant of the railway and its customers. He would use his ingenuity and experience to make things happen, sometimes before Glasgow HQ realised they had. With Ronnie the place was in good hands."
Nigel Wunsch, until 2015 Network Rail's Head of Strategy & Planning, Scotland, commented "He was always very helpful to me when I was a young Traffic Manager in Elgin and later in Inverness (I followed him into that role when he became relief Manager.")