Roy C Link - Sad News

Posted by John Clutterbuck on

Update 11th December 2020: If you wish to make a donation then please send a cheque (GBP only) made payable to Pritchard a Griffiths Donations Account to the funeral directors: Pritchard a Griffiths Cyf, Dublin Street, Tremadog, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9RH
Donations will be shared between Narrow Gauge Railway Society, Series One Land Rover Club, Marie Curie Nurses and his local Cat/Animal Sanctuary. This account will remain open until April 1st 2021

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Roy C Link passed away on November 20th. He died of cancer, peacefully at home after a short period of palliative and end of life care, attended by his devoted wife Anjela of 50 years and adored daughter Hannah. I'm sure you will join us in thinking of them at this sad time.

His wish of donating his body to medical science has proved not possible due to the current crisis so he will be privately cremated, followed in due course by a small private ceremony by invitation only.

Roy was an extremely talented, kind and knowledgeable man with a great sense of humour, and his contribution to the railway world was immense. He was an artist, esteemed modeller and publisher and a great friend to many. Amongst his many other accomplishments, he pioneered finescale narrow gauge modelling in O14 through RCL Kits (now KB Scale) and was of course founder of the REVIEW and RCL Publications – some of the finest railway history books ever published.

Roy’s wish was that the REVIEW will continue which we will do as best we can. I had been assisting with editing under Roy's direction, but of course did not expect to have to assume control this quickly.

We intend to honour his legacy in REVIEW 125 and would welcome any personal recollections from those who knew him well - please send them to editorial [at] You are also welcome to leave comments either here or on our facebook page:

John, Marion and David

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  • Have been a Review subscriber since finding the first half dozen issues at a hobby shop while on a trip to the beach years ago. I found letters for his garden railroad station at ACE hardware and shipped them to him when he lived at the Cooper Beech property.
    Got my renewal notice a few days ago. Time to send it in.
    My condolences to his family. Roy was a real gentleman and I will miss him.

    Bill Uffelman on
  • I, personally will miss Roy, as someone who had a great influence on my modelling and a good friend.
    It all started with a visit to see him, along with Dave Brewer. I was planning to build a slate quarry in 009 and Roy persuaded me that since I would have to scratch build everything then I should also use 8mm as the gauge. This was done and later it appeared in the magazine.

    Peter Wilson on

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