More Curious Railways on British Newsreels

1. The Motor Railway (1923) British Pathe

A Rail Car or Rail Bus – the British version of the Galloping Goose and Jitney in America, like the Bowdon Railway in Georgia.

2. The Railway That is a Real Joke – Southwold Railway 1929

British Newsreel (Gaumont Mirror) UEA EAFA

A one passenger carriage and mixed freight service – a British Mixed Train Daily?

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on his Sidetracked blog December 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 ...

5 thoughts on “More Curious Railways on British Newsreels”

  1. Christmas come early for me Mark, terrific videos. Two of my favourite type Sv in the train world in one post. The Southwold mixed train is very inspiring and beautifully filled with period detail.Great inspiration in the items moved. Message to self I need passengers in coats esp woman in cloche hats and men in coats with a variety of hats reflecting town and country.
    The rail bus link didn’t work for me but I tracked it down with little bother. It was great to see the railbus in action both inside and out. I am a big fan of rail bus, trucks and cars. I find their hybrid nature fascinating , probably it’s the Heath Robinson nature of them. Great post !


    1. I have sent out a track gang on one of those push up / push down engineers rail carts and mended the broken Rail bus link.

      I too like the hybrid look of cars or buses on a railway, thinking that should not exist there … get off the track! The Bude Canal in Cornwall has modern pedalos that look like cars and it looks weird to see someone ‘driving’ up a river. St Michael’s Mount / Mounts Bay in Cornwall has an amphibious boat car, and then there are the DUKWs still in service in Dublin and London …


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