David Shepherd's passion for steam locomotives is well known. In 1967, he purchased two 120-ton main line steam locomotives ("Black Prince" and "The Green Knight") and founded The East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, Somerset. He is now Chairman of The East Somerset Railway, a registered charity and fully operational steam railway which raises money for our steam railway heritage and for wildlife. His latest venture is the presentation to him of a 15F Class locomotive, even larger than "Black Prince" by South African Railways as a free gift.
David is regarded by many as being one of the world's leading wildlife and landscape artists and is also known internationally as a leading conservationist. His paintings have raised over two and a half million pounds through The David Shepherd Conservation Foundation.
For his services to conservation, David has been awarded The Order of the Golden Ask by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and also the Order of The British Empire. David has been featured in a BBC documentary of his life, has made a series of six wildlife films for ITV and others and has written six books, covering all aspects of his life including wildlife and steam railways.