Spurn Head Refortified – Railway Modeller September 1978

Sail power and steam power – Sailway tracks?


An interesting article from some random railway magazines I was given from the 1970s.


Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 16 May 2020


Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

2 thoughts on “Spurn Head Refortified – Railway Modeller September 1978”

  1. Another fascinating post and the subject matter is completely new to me. The pictures of the sail powered trollies are fantastic and remind me of the cover of a book I used when teaching . I used it as a discussion starter and also as a stimulus for imaginative writing. Here is the picture
    The post ties in with my current garden railway planning though I think a battery powered sail trolley is more within my engineering ability than a working sail but one never knows. I have read about yachts with sails on ice which I found fascinating too.

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    1. Coincidence as this is a fairly random post of stuff stuck in my Sidetracked (railway modelling military and gaming related article) drafts. I thought it might interest you. Wouldn’t a sail cart be great? They sometimes do for model railways those model engineers carts, the push up and down handle ones belong bed of slapstick silent movie chases.
      Harris Burdick – not come across before – It is a dead spit (or shifting sandbank?) for Spurn Point railway. Atmospheric!
      What a great creative writing resource. I expect many kids liked this. Back in my O level exam days you had to write a story in an hour in response to a random black and white photo or sometimes just a story title. Challenge! I think they should have gone for quality not quantity like a 55 or 110 word Drabble. https://annwycoff.com/2020/04/26/forgotten-ones-anthology-bigfoots-and-bugbears/

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