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Andy M

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  1. Andy M

    Western Times

    Mike, Precisely so. Certainly in steam days, goods trains assembled in St Blazey yards would stand in the position occupied by the Warship before reversing out of the yard onto the Down line through the long closed station and then proceed wrong line onto the Par loop to gain the Up Main. Thus it could not be certain whether a train at this location was bound for Fowey or Plymouth. Were such procedures changed with dieselisation? I suspect not. Your thoughts appreciated. Regards, Andy.
  2. Andy M

    Western Times

    Mike, That is very much appreciated and we may well take you up on your proofreading skills. There is nothing more infuriating than when errors and omissions creep in, some forgivable some not, but we will learn and improve from the process. What is abundantly clear in this business is that nobody knows everything about everything! Best wishes, Andy.
  3. Andy M

    Western Times

    Mike & Mike, Thank you both for your feedback, which is duly noted and we will endeavour to implement improvements for Issue 2. If I may address a couple of the observations you raise above, the image on p.77 relates to the extract from The Railway Gazette that features alongside it and along with those railcar images on the opposite page were intended as standalone short pieces. I refrain from using the word 'fillers' as that sounds like they add no intrinsic value, but it is our intention to optimise the space available to publish as much rare and interesting material as we can, as an accompaniment to the longer articles. The Tanners Road caption (p.32) could have been worded 'during the continued building', as I believe the bridge abutments had already been constructed some years previously, as part of the project to replace the level crossing to which you refer. Kind regards, Andy.
  4. Andy M

    Western Times

    Thanks for the positive feedback Mikkel and I'm glad you found Issue 1 of interest. I guess the EU VAT issue is a factor of BREXIT. Would you be subjected to the same, if it was a private mail from an individual in the UK? Then you would just be paying postage cost from UK to Denmark. I'm not advocating flaunting the tax laws of course, but such a hike on top of the cover price seems pretty harsh! Regards, Andy.
  5. Andy M

    Western Times

    Niche is good when it is a fresh subject like this. You would be surprised at the level of positive feedback received already regarding what I would have considered the less mainstream topics.
  6. Andy M

    Western Times

    Fantastic Craneman, thank you. There has to be an article in that, surely! Have you suitable images to illustrate? Andy.
  7. Andy M

    Western Times

    Craneman, Thank you very much for the extra information you have provided above, especially the insightful summary of the crane boilers. This is for certain another article in it's own right (hint hint)! This expanding and sharing of knowledge is exactly what we had hoped Western Times would begin to elicit, and for me makes the whole effort of editing the publication worthwhile. To address a couple of your queries: a) The paint colour of lettering and numerals is an often discussed topic of conjecture. My conclusions are drawn from Swindon Painting Charts, verbal memories (not always the most accurate assessment) and the few extant colour images (lets not open that can of worms here). I have seen white, pale straw and ivory white, all quoted as the applied colour by reputable sources. Then of course you have to consider varnish, ageing and weathering. I guess you pay your money and take your pick! b) When referring to the application of the red livery directive, in my defence I did refer to the Laira Breakdown Train (i.e. the vans) and didn't mention the crane itself. I completely agree these remained black. There are images showing the vans in red, one of which I think we have saved up for a future issue. Again many thanks for your engagement and delighted to hear you have enjoyed reading the first issue. Kind regards, Andy.
  8. Andy M

    Western Times

    Andrew, That is a fair comparison to make and not surprising considering Kevin is a member of the editorial team. As stated earlier in the thread, it is very much our intention to present Western Times as a series of books rather than magazines. Regards, Andy Malthouse.
  9. Some more information on his work to be found here. Certainly a very talented man, whose work has become synonymous with railway books of that time.
  10. Paul, Ian Allan commissioned A N Wolstenholme to do the cover artwork for many of their books during this period, and the Famous Trains series look very much like his work. Regards, Andy.
  11. Andy M

    Western Times

    Many thanks to all of you that have pre-ordered a copy of Western Times Issue No.1. I am pleased to inform that it's on the way, after this little lot (15 bags worth) went to the Post Office today. We do hope you find it interesting and look forward to your feedback. Kind regards, Andy.
  12. Hi Paul, Booklet No.4 was The Atlantic Coast Express. Regards, Andy.
  13. Andy M

    Western Times

    Hi Fatadder, You probably won't be surprised to learn that I penned that particular article myself, from research for my own modelling needs. It gives a synopsis on vehicles known to have featured in Newton Abbot breakdown operations (cranes, vans, ancillaries) from the turn of the century to cessation of steam crane operations. I hope you find it of interest. Regards, Andy.
  14. Andy M

    Western Times

    As an update, Western Times Issue No.1 should be arriving from the printers today.
  15. Andy M

    Western Times

    Hi BMS, There are inevitably going to be comparisons and comments made relating to the GWRJ. It almost feels like we are forming a Rock and Roll band, with the expectation that we are going to replace The Beatles........it just ain't going to happen! We must pursue our own style and direction and hopefully that will make a mark and gather a following. For what it's worth though, I love the work of The Beatles. In regards to the Absorbed and Constituent Companies, throughout the history of the GWR, they are most certainly in remit! Regards, Andy.
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