More Parts From The Part-Work
Monday, 19 October 2020
Encouragingly, an email arrived yesterday lunchtime from a blog reader.
I do remember with great affection collecting and placing into binders these partworks, if I'm correct (I'm also of the fading memory age group) History of Railways ran to two volumes with Great Trains only being one volume, I do however have a clear memory of them being weekly rather than monthly publications.
Your blog is my first read of every day and has yet to disappoint, well done and keep up the good work.
Sir? A bit of respect AT LAST! Erm, actually not; the email address used was firstname.lastname@example.org and our correspondent preferred something more "polite".
fbb's second look at the book concerns technology. On of the privileges of being ancient is to be able to remember how much electronic stuff has developed over night on half a century. we oldies grew up with the Edmondson ticket, dated in a clunker and removed from a rack. It was a world-wide system ...
... printed by a machine!
It cost £1.48, was type A (Ord. Single) for a journey to 83 (Guildford) and from 39 (unknown) and from memory it issued forth from something that looked like a supermarket cash till.
fbb wonders what the editors would make of the substantial bundle of "tangerine stripe" tickets issued at Axminster for a Super Saver to Sheffield!
The technology of the trains is duly recorded with the first French TGV heralded as the start of a travel revolutions as it was powered by gas turbine engines.
But we may well get there - but likely not in fbb's somewhat limited remaining lifetime!
Of course, far more successful was our HST and a part of the work pictures the prototype under construction.
We are also introduced to the Road Railer ...
But back to smaller technology; the arrival of - pause for breath - computers! There are a couple of pictures thereof ...
But there was more, this time from London's Undergound. Here the station supervisor at Holborn is overseeing his empire using ...
One of the most emotive pictures in this ancient part work illustrates the feeling of many as steam power was declining (had declined in the UK) world wide.
But it had CHARACTER!
St Pancras Surprise
Over the weekend, kings Cross Station was closed to allow for the next stage of re-opening a previously disused bore of Gasworks Tunnel etc. and a whole lot more.Showing splendid entrepreneurial skmill and amazing concern for their customers, Hull Trains ran their service into St Pancras.
It is 215 years since his death.
Despite popular myth, he never wore an eye patch, but he had lost the sight of one eye - hence the other myth of his placing a telescope to the dud eye and saying "I see no ships". But, The Lord's disability ...
Likewise they had to breathe in; breath from amongst the congregation.
Protection? Or Political fear-mongering?
Raconteur Reveals Riddle of Wrenn (4)
fbb asked a very nice man who was in charge of the Wrenn Railways Collectors Club.
fbb is not so sure.
Triang's first model tank engine was not overly realistic. It might have been intended to represent something like this ...
The only way in was from the top! So here is the Triang effort.
... which was blessed with some rudimentary plastic diagonals. Of course milk takers were six wheel not four. Then came a vast detail improvement with end strapping and plastic ropes over the top.
The plastic ropes often broke and were almost unrepairable.
But the basic body shell remained the same, dating from the mid 50s until well past the merger with Hornby and dealings with Wrenn.
Could you fit one of these bodies on a Hornby chassis and end up with fbb's Wrenn style of tank wagon?
More to follow in due course.
Next as yet unplanned blog : Tuesday 20th Oct