'A caring dad and husband': Tributes to man crushed by trains on North Yorkshire Moors Railway
THE family of a Beverley man killed in a railway accident have paid tribute to a caring husband and father.
Retired policeman Robert Lund, 65, worked as a volunteer on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and was killed when he became trapped between two trains at Grosmont Station.
Mr Lund, who had a distinguished 30-year career with Humberside Police, was crushed between two trains in a shunting accident.
His family said they were still trying to come to terms with their tragic loss.
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In a statement issued through British Transport Police, they said: "Robert was a reliable and caring husband and father.
"He was always a keen railway enthusiast and also enjoyed playing for Humberside Police's rugby team.
"He enjoyed working as a volunteer at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where he began work as a ticket inspector before progressing to a train guard."
An investigation is under way into the death of Mr Lund at Grosmont station, between Pickering and Whitby, on Monday.
Mr Lund, who lived in Beverley, was known as Bob to his former colleagues at Humberside Police.
Chief Superintendent Rich Kerman, East Riding divisional commander, said: "Bob served as an officer in Humberside Police for 30 years. He had a distinguished career in various departments across the force, including traffic.
"After Bob retired in 1997, he became a civilian member of police staff and worked within specialist units until October 2011."
Chief Supt Kerman said Mr Lund dedicated his life to Humberside Police and the local community.
He said: "He was a very popular character and was very respected by his work colleagues and friends, and will be sadly missed.
"Our thoughts from Humberside Police are with his family and friends at this sad time."
The famous heritage railway is a popular tourist attraction that is staffed mainly by volunteers.
Mr Lund's colleague Ian Wolstencroft, from the Hull branch of the North Yorkshire Moors railway, said his death had been a huge shock to everybody.
He said: "Bob shared a passion for railways and steam trains and keeping the historic line going.
"He was a good man who was well thought of by everyone at the railway and will be greatly missed."
Danielle Bradley, marketing manager at the railway, said Mr Lund had been a volunteer member of staff for 14 years.
She said: "We are very much a family community and everybody has been devastated by Bob's death.
"He was a keen railway enthusiast and our deep sympathies and condolences go to his family, relatives and friends."
British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are leading the investigation into the tragedy.