A TRAIN manager who always had a "laugh and a smile" and worked on services up and down the East Coast Mainline has died.

LNER has led heartfelt tributes after the sudden death of train manager, Graeme Wright, who worked on services between Newcastle, Darlington and London.

Graeme, understood to have been from the Tyne & Wear area, was today described as a "legendary" figure among members of the community and railway family.

In a statement, LNER confirmed the news as they said he had always delivered "exceptional" service and had worked under the company's various names for 25 years.

The Northern Echo: Picture: LNER Picture: LNER

They said: "It is with great sadness that we share that our beloved colleague Graeme Wright has passed away.

"(He) worked with us for over 25 years, delivering exceptional customer service - always with a laugh and a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones."

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Graeme clocked up the railway miles working for LNER, which has been known under the guises of GNER, National Express and East Coast.

On social media, dozens shared their messages of support with many recalling their interactions with the "warm and knowledgeable" chap.

One said: "Totally shocked and devastated. I’ve only had the fortune to have known (Graeme) for a few months, but I will really miss chatting to him.

"Such a warm, funny, knowledgeable chap, taken far too soon. RIP Graeme."

Another said: "Such sad news. Graeme was a real gent and always provided that little bit of additional entertainment on the trains he managed."

'We love you Graeme'

Mr Wright, who was an avid Sunderland AFC supporter, was also described as a great friend by many as a group set up for SAFC football fans shared their memories.

SAFC Fans React issued a statement and said: "It is with regret and upmost sadness that we announce our friend Graeme Wright has passed away.

"He will be truly missed by all of us, he was a massive part in our channel and he became part of our family. We love you Graeme."


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