Ralph Montagu

The Beaulieu Light railway project is led by the principal owner of the Beaulieu Estate, Ralph Montagu. He has been a railway enthusiast all his life and specializes in railway photography and the study of mechanical signaling. Mr Montagu recently visited Sandstone Trust in South Africa where he drove some of the locomotives earmarked for Beaulieu. He has travelled on railways in many parts of the world including India, Pakistan, Burma, Nepal, China, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Poland.

The project is supported by two consultants who have been appointed to take forward the feasibility study.

Peter Mole

BLR Project Director

Peter Mole began his relationship with steam railways in the 50s when Saturdays were spent on Weymouth Station armed with pencil, notepad and marmite sandwich.

He started his career at sea as a navigating officer with The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O Lines) serving mainly on passenger liners.

Having gained his Master Mariner's certificate he joined BT Marine sailing on cableships based in Southampton. He then moved ashore and has has enjoyed a variety of senior roles in marketing, project management and operational management within the international submarine telecommunications market, rising to the main board. In 2003
he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Shipping as a member of the Board of The Port of London Authority.

He has a post graduate diploma in management, is a member of the Institute of Directors and the Nautical Institute. He is also a freeman of the City of London, a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, a member of the Inland Waterways Association and The Chairman of Fontmell Magna Youth Club.

Eddie Neylon

BLR Project Manager
Eddie Neylon has been a steam train enthusiast since he was a boy delivering the morning papers to the train drivers at his home town station in Bideford. After completing an engineering apprenticeship he joined the Merchant Navy and quickly rose through the ranks.

Gaining First Class Engineering Certificates in both Steam and Diesel, he was a Chief Engineer in his 20’s on all types of vessels, finally coming ashore as an Engineering Superintendent. He is known as a particular expert in Sub Sea engineering, launching the first competency certificate system for this industry and chairing many international committees as well as managing the largest fleet of cable ships as Marine Director of Cable & Wireless.

He also worked with NATO submarine rescue systems where he was actively involved in the design of deep submersible rescue craft. Eddie has project managed large contracts worldwide, is a Member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society and Managing Director of his own company Ashurst Marine Consultants. Hobbies include the building of miniature steam engines and woodturning.