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Mikkel last won the day on February 21 2012

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  1. Howard you privy to that information? 😀
  2. Many thanks, Dave, very useful. My version of GWW is the old one by Slinn, which is not clear on this. I'm wondering what John means by "Lake" - it's hard to imagine a Hydra in crimson lake?
  3. Hi Ray, that's a very attractive structure - I like how you have individualized it. I didn't realize that Bachmann had made this. It seems that they only market some of their buildings for 1-2 years? Seems a lot of development costs for a short run, but I'm sure they know what they are doing.
  4. That really highlights the potential of the scale! Nice combination of a rustic look and some lovely detail. The bolts make a big difference too. You must have enough stock for a short goods train now?
  5. Odd. The magazine (August 1908 edition) gives no further details, except a brief description of the Royals' exploits in the area.
  6. Good question, I had never considered that. They would have been in different GWR departments I assume. The brief biographies that sometimes accompany retiring Guards in the GW Magazine seem always to speak of passenger matters (see e.g. below). Steve Daly does not differ between them in his overview of uniform colours on gwr.org.uk. I forgot to include the story of Guard Jeans in the June 1896 issue. The reverence shown here is not unusual for the magazine when it came to Guards. THE OLDEST RAILWAY GUARD IN THE WORLD. Guard Benjamin Jeans , who retired from the G.W.R., at the end of last month after a service of nearly 54 years, can lay claim to be the greatest railway traveller in the world. To compute the number of miles which he actually travelled would be a difficult arithmetical problem, but roughly speaking it has been set down between three and four millions. Jeans was appointed guard on the Great Western in April, 1842, and commenced his duties on the Paddington and Bridg­water line, travelling to and fro. He was at the opening of the line to Taunton, Exeter, Teignmonth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, etc. At that time the railway guard was not lapped or vanned in luxury. He had to accustom himself to riding in an open truck or with the third-class passengers, with no protection against the weather. In those days it was usual for the gentle­ folk when they rode by train to send their own private carriages and have them placed on flat trucks. Some of the old-fashioned gentry had such a prejudice against the railway system that they would not patronize it under any circumstances or conditions. Before attaching himself to the Great Western, Jeans was valet to Lord Carlisle. Jeans’ deportment is as dignified as that of a Court chamberlain ; his speech is scrupulously correct. When Lady Carlisle heard that he was thinking of seeking his fortune on the new railway she begged him not to risk his life “ in such a dangerous business.” At that time the railway guards were chosen by the directors. They were required to be a certain height, no one under 5 ft. 10 in. was taken. The guard’s hat was made of the best beaver and cost a guinea, he was not per­mitted to wear a moustache, and on Sunday it was imperative that he should wear white trousers. To have seen Jeans with his erect figure, and quick, elastic step, bustling about the plat­form at Snow Hill on the arrival of the Birkenhead express, one found it difficult to credit that more than half a century ago, when the railway system was in its infancy, he was doing the same sort of work but under vastly different conditions. In October, 1852, Jeans left the West of England for the opening of the line to Birmingham. He worked from Paddington to Birmingham till October, 1854, when the line was opened to Wolverhampton. He then took charge of the mid-day express from Paddington to Birkenhead, and has worked to and fro ever since, spending one night in London and the next in Birkenhead. Even in those days the work used to be rough enough.“ We often,” he says, “ had to ride in an open van, with just a covering for the luggage. The first winter I had on the Paddington to Birkenhead line was that terribly cold Crimean winter which I found most trying, But I stuck to it and never had any illness. You can imagine, however, for yourself what it was for a guard in those days of railway travelling.” You naturally ask this grand old man of the railway world if he has ever been in an accident during the number of years he has been at work. He replies with alacrity that he has not, but, strange to say, the only mishap that has occurred to the Birkenhead and Paddington express was on a day when he asked for a holiday to attend the funeral of a relative. This was not very long since, and the consequences were not serious. But what is most remarkable about this patriarchal railway servant is that after considerably more than fifty years of the jolting and hurry-scurrying of a guard’s work he should find his nervous system absolutely unimpaired. Only a few months since he passed the most searching examination by the Company’s doctor. His hearing is perfect, his eyesight would be the envy of an Indian scout. The doctor told him that his heart and lungs were as sound as those of a healthy man half his age, and his power of standing fatigue is as great as ever it was. He is as nimble on his feet as a dancing master, and it was marvellous to see this old man skip into his van as the train steamed out of the station at the rate of six or seven miles an hour. Yet doctors tell us that there is nothing more prejudicial to the nerves than railway traveling. “ No, I am thankful to say,” says the oldest guard in the world, “ that railway travelling has not hurt me. I am able to sleep well and eat well, and the leisure I have I enjoyably employ in looking after my garden at home. I am very moderate in everything. I like an occasional pipe of tobacco, perhaps one or two a day, but certainly not more. I feel that if I smoked much it would upset me. As a matter of fact, I feel as well as ever I did, but it is just as well that I should take my pension while I have the power to enjoy it.” Guard Jeans was a favorite with the employes of the Company with whom he came in contact, also with the passengers, and his reminiscences of the late Sir Watkin Wynn, Mr. Gladstone, and other notabilities are interesting. A committee, composed of gentlemen who are frequent travellers on the line, has been formed, Mr. J. E. Mitchell (District and Counties Bank, Colmore Row, Birmingham) has consented to act as Treasurer, and it is hoped that a very substantial sum will mark the public apprecia­tion of this old and faithful servant of the Company. We are requested to state that cabinet copies of his photograph, 1/- each, can be obtained from Mr. F. Wakefield, 1, High Street, Ealing. OK, that was a bit long!
  7. One area where I feel very much in the dark is modification of 3D printed products - i.e. cutting, sanding, filing and glueing them. They differ a lot and as a consumer it's quite unclear what is what. You can ask the maker, but the reply does not necessarily make you wiser. Peer reviewed articles on the health aspects of 3D printing focus on the printing process, but I have found nothing scientific on subsequent modification yet. There seems to be some consensus that once cured they are mostly less harmful, but should I for example be sanding a 3D printed loco body in my living room? It seems to be a grey area at the moment.
  8. Continuing with pre-WW1 uniforms depicted in the GW Magazine: Guards Below is Guard Jeans in the June 1896 issue. He wears the stiff-sided cap - worn by Guards since 1851 according to Steve Daly's overview on gwr.org.uk. The cap and uniform will have been dark blue by this time. The wording "Guard" is on the cap but not the collar (inconsistent with Steve's overview). In 1902 soft caps were introduced, as seen below on Guard Dean in the October 1903 issue. The wording "Guard" on the cap has been replaced with "GWR", but "Guard" appears on the collar. Inspectors Turning to Inspectors, below is Inspector B. Dwyer, pictured upon his retirement in October 1907. "GWR" and "Inspector" embroidered in gold on the cap: The following year in August 1908, Inspector Stanley shows a different style, with a gilt emblem in the cap and the staff grade moved to the collar (possibly including surname, sadly the magazine's photo reproduction was not good at this time). Inspector Stanley retired alongside 3 colleagues, with the photos suggesting consistency in uniforms. They were all from the Hammersmith & City Rwy though, so there is a possibility that their uniforms were distinct from the GWR?
  9. Many thanks Duncan. Your list is like a sweet shop! He he, very tempting but I had better stick to SG. I suppose the gas lamp versions are most appropriate for my period, but wouldn't mind a bit of conversion work. The E19 will be a good fit with my old Mallard D15, I think (5000 kms from my books right now). Both are certainly nice to have, but I wonder if there is a way to make this easier for you. E..G., Would a generic instruction sheet be possible? And does your target group need much prototype info?
  10. Oh, I seem to have accidentally quoted these. Well, since we're on the topic I might as well ask if there is any planned timeline for them? 🙂
  11. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope your sight will adapt as far as possible. The hand/eye coordination must be challenging. The diorama seems a good opportunity to gradually adjust, perhaps?
  12. A nice clean build, Tony. Impressive stuff. I know what you mean about false starts, that's where a lot of the time on projects like these is spent. Can I ask how the nameplate was made?
  13. Hopefully better than his name. I like the armchair, can't think of a better retirement present!
  14. Signalman's uniform, May 1910 The staff sections of the GW Magazine provides some interesting views of GWR uniforms over the years. Here is relief signalman E. Richards depicted in the May 1910 issue. I wonder what the stripes signify in this case? The occasion of the photo is as follows: "A gathering of the staff took place recently to present Mr. E. Richards, relief signalman, who has retired after 46 years ’ service, with an armchair. Mr. A. S. Crouch (stationmaster) presided, and in making the presentation referred to the high esteem in which the recipient was held by all. Messrs. Bastard, Ingram, and Randall also spoke. Born in 1844, Mr. Richards entered the service of the Bristol & Exeter Railway at Leigh Wood Crossing in July, 1864, after which he was removed to Silk Mill and subsequently to Allerford Siding, and came to Highbridge in 1869. At that time all signals and points were worked by hand outdoors, whereas now there are two signal-boxes. He was the first signalman on the Bristol & Exeter Railway to receive an additional shilling per week for gaining a knowledge of the single needle telegraph. He was a signalman during the whole of his 46 years’ service, and has the record of not having forfeited a single portion of his bonus. We wish Mr. Richards a long and happy retirement."
  15. "When I first looked at that 1837 drawing of the modifications, I was confused by the overlapping of the plan and elevation. For a few moments I thought that the ends of the axles were the safety valve covers on North Star! Could a young draftsman have thought the same?" This thought stuck with me, Mike. It's intriguing. But thinking about it, where would the differences in shape between the axle ends and drawn safety valve covers have come from? An attempt to make sense of what he was seeing? Or did someone else modify the drawing later?
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