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Ken Cordner

Photo: 4th Friday March 2013


We are extremely sorry to report the sudden passing of Modern Railways Contributing Editor Ken Cordner on 22 August.

After growing up in Northern Ireland, Ken read History at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he developed a network of friends in the Oxford University Railway Society. On graduating he joined London Underground as a graduate trainee before moving to work in the Press Office. He was Editor of Modern Railways from 1987 until 1993, after which he moved to High Speed 1, where he worked in the Public Affairs team.

Latterly he has been a freelance contributor to Modern Railways, with his title Contributing Editor covering a wide range of support activities including writing news and features as well as assisting with the production of the magazine. From its inception in 2007 he has also edited The Modern Railway, the highly acclaimed annual directory and industry overview produced by the Modern Railways team.

Ken was a valued and knowledgeable colleague in the editorial team and everyone at Modern Railways is both shocked and saddened by his passing. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this sad time. A more detailed tribute to Ken’s work will follow in the October issue of the magazine.

Update: 4 September

Ken’s funeral will be held on 24 September at 11.45 at Surrey and Sussex crematorium. Please pass on this information to anyone you feel may be interested. Helen and their children John (17) and Zoe (14) will be pleased to welcome anyone who is able to make it to the service. Feel free to just turn up, but in order to give us some idea of numbers it would be helpful if those with a railway connection who definitely know they are coming could advise by e-mail to James Abbott at, stating also if you will be staying on for refreshments after the service.

Our thoughts remain with Helen and the family at this difficult time.

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