Tributes paid to ‘rail fanatic’ who died after putting head out of train window

Friends have paid tribute to a “lifelong railway fanatic” who died after he put his head out of a train window.

Tributes paid to ‘rail fanatic’ who died after putting head out of train window

The incident happened as Simon Brown was travelling on the Gatwick Express at Wandsworth Common station in south London.

Friend Reuben Smith has launched a fundraising page to help cover the costs of the funeral.

Brown, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, first volunteered on the Bluebell Railway as a nine-year-old and had recently taken up a position as an engineering technician with Hitachi Rail Europe in Bristol.

Mr Smith, a railway conductor, said: “Railways were his life. I have known him since we were 12. It is very sad.”

Writing on his fundraising page, Mr Smith said: “He has been taken from us at the age of 24 — it’s far too young.”

British Transport Police believe Brown may have been leaning out of a train door window when he suffered a blow to the head at around 5.30pm on Sunday.

Dismissing reports he had been decapitated, a spokesman said: “The death is being treated as non-suspicious and the circumstances, including what caused the head injuries, are still being investigated.”

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