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  1. Yes of course, sorry I meant GW saddle tanks. Tony
  2. Great Western Railway Saddle Tank 1363 passes Bull Ring Goods Station. Now I know the 1361 Class wasn't known for its visits to Birmingham but 1. I've always liked them 2. I have a vague but so far unsubstantiated memory of once reading that the GW considered expanding the class for more general use. 3. 1363 is on trial in the Birmingham area to gauge its suitability for the tight curves and tunnels between Bull Ring and the Central Goods interchange! 1363 has the early short chimney and lacks the toolbox which was a later fitment and as with most saddle tanks in the pre-grouping period no indication of ownership.
  3. My Great Grandfather's dairy advertising. I'm not sure how valid the health claims were.
  4. Latest addition to the street scene. A lovely early motorcycle from Artitec.
  5. Yes it is the Bachmann model. I had a length of loco boiler in my bits box from another conversion which was the correct diameter. After cutting out the belpaire firebox, the "round top" length just fitted in and cleared the mechanism inside. It was then a case of filling in the cab front to the round profile and altering the backhead to match. A new dome and safety valve housing from Alan Gibson and removal of the toolbox from the running plate as I understand most locos didn't have them until LMS days. The smokebox handrail was changed to the earlier continuous type. That's about it. Tony
  6. Midland Railway 1377 Class, number 1741(shedded at Saltley) passes through what will be Digbeth station with a short trip working.
  7. From the History of Wales: On 13th May 1888 Beatrix Potter, aged 22, recorded a train journey to Machynlleth in her diary, complaining how it took four hours to go from Shrewsbury to Machynlleth. She described Machynlleth as a wretched town as hardly anyone could speak English. Beatrix was more complimentary of the countryside, which she described as beautiful, and the Welsh people who seemed to her to be a pleasant intelligent race, but she also thought they would be difficult to live with.
  8. I remember a chap like that when I was a Civil Servant, his son had died and he was devastated. He came into work everyday and we kept an eye on him, covered his work and made sure he went home.
  9. I really do agree that people with identities bring a layout to life and help to concentrate the mind on what is the reason for the railway and how it operates. As to numbers, well in pre grouping times there seem to have been far more railway workers than in later years, especially pre WW1 before so many were lost. I do like the station photos where everybody turns out to be included, including sometimes the stationmaster's dog and passing children! Personally I'm trawling my family history to incorporate characters and places from the pre grouping era to help me relate to what I'm building. Tony
  10. Dear Mr Price Thank you for your interesting letter which did indeed reach me safely please thank your contractor. Mr Kilvington was born in 1848 to a railway family in Foston Gate House, Yorkshire where his father was a platelayer and his mother attended the crossing on the York & North Midland Railway . His father subsequently rose to Permanent Way Inspector for the North Eastern Railway but sadly died in 1873 when he stepped out of the path of one train and into the path of another. William learned his trade as an engine fitter in the North East of England and after positions in Hampshire and Derbyshire he joined Cambrian Railways in 1884 and intends to remain in the company's employment until he retires. Thank you again and I hope to hear more about you and your colleagues at Traeth Mawr in due course. Yours sincerely Mr Tony
  11. Good afternoon Mr Price Thank you for introducing me to your Cambrian and GWR colleagues and their families. Sound men all I am sure. I am wondering if you are acquainted with my wife's family of Cambrian Railways employees? William Kilvington is a foreman in the locomotive works at Oswestry and President of the Oswestry Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and his sons and wider family are employed around the system, as far from Oswestry as Aberystwyth in some cases! I have attached a photograph of William in case you come across him. He is front row centre with his arms folded. Thanks Chris, much enjoyed Tony
  12. I can almost believe they're real people already, excellent! Tony
  13. Interesting! Having had a go myself I shall follow your undoubtedly more accurate version closely. I've already realised I should have changed the buffers! Tony
  14. Two additions to the Birmingham scene. The two horse delivery van is an old W&T kit with the rubber tyred wheels changed for wooden spoked ones. I happened to see a Chamberlain delivery van in an Edwardian photo of New Street in Birmingham. Chamberlain, King and Jones Ltd was a company of cabinet makers, upholsterers and furniture retailers operating in Birmingham from 1851 to at least 1956. The J. Hackett wagon is a Hornby 6 plank model with the chunky brake gear removed and lighter and simpler items added, one side only. The wagon and the company are described in Keith Turton’s Private Owner Wagons a Ninth Collection. It appears that J Hackett and Co started trading around 1869 and ceased around 1933. During the intervening years the company had depots and yards across Birmingham and out to Warwick, Leamington Spa and Solihull and according to Turton obtained its supplies via the L&NWR, Midland Railway and GWR and the wagons would have been in the Midlands coalfields and all over the Birmingham area. So very useful!
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