In place of the promised tankettes and Tankette Tuesday, here is the DMZ demilitarised version: Tank Engine Tuesday
Tank Engine Tuesday? No that’s not engines for tanks. I once saw a Matilda tank engine for sale on EBay and thought for a moment, it’s a start. A Matilda Tank on the Front Lawn would certainly be a conversation piece …
Anyway a DMZ demilitarised look at my occasional Sidetracked blog, where my gaming life sometimes overlaps with railways and model railways.
Ben, this lovely beast of a Tank Engine is still lurking in the family toy cupboards, along with this vintage handmade station with its tin and card adverts
According to the authoritative https://ttte.fandom.com/wiki/Bill_and_Ben
“Bill and Ben are based on the Bagnall 0-4-0STs “Alfred” and “Judy” of Par [Docks] in Cornwall, who are both preserved and in working order at the excellent Bodmin and Wenford Railway in Cornwall.”
“According to the foreword of Thomas and the Twins, Alfred and Judy are both Bill and Ben’s twins. Alfred was once repainted yellow for a Days Out with Thomas event, to resemble Bill.”
Railways are one DMZ demilitarised and relaxing modelling way of keeping the crafting modelling hands busy during current disquieting events.
Its an occasional itch – I come from a Model Railway Family (we’re all about 1 inch tall, made of plastic and don’t move around much).
Peter Dennis’ versatile civilians from his Little Wars, 54mm Paperboys – great passengers!
One of the attractive sections of H.G. Wells’ Floor Games (1911) is the ‘lectric, or clockwork engines, the photographs of the cities and islands by his wife Amy Catherine (“Jane”) Wells and the charming drawings by illustrator J.R. (John Ramage) Sinclair.
Floor Games 1911
The most attractive parts of railway modelling has always been the scenics and especially the figures, often a useful (but sometimes expensiv e source) of civilians for my DMZ Demilitarised Games – snowballers, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts / Guides …
Some interesting DMZ reading and viewing
Why not Do a Snooville? I remember this at the time from the family Railway Modeller magazine! https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/do-a-snooville/
Much as I like British railways and vanished quirky branch lines, I also like American railroads, Mixed Train Daily and Short Lines (Hello citizens of Bowdon!)
I also like pop up instant railways
whether in a tin,
a pop up book https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/05/22/pop-up-railway-americana/
or a Wild West battery train set and birdhouse trackside station
Set up and taken down in minutes. Instant fix. Quick joy.
Even a quirky pen and ink digital railway?
Why not take it around in a suitcase?
Taken from my occasional blog – https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 1st March 2022
14 thoughts on “DMZ Post No. 3 – Tank Engine Tuesday”
Most enjoyable post and train, station and railway folk. Been working an imagination, sorry imagirailway with station/halt names like Penedredfel . A heady/ horrendous mix of Cornish place name prefixes and puns. Spring is springing and a young ( or not so young) man’s thoughts turn to garden railways.
Penedredful is a great Welsh (Yorkshire?) or Cornish pun-name.
I wish you all the best for your spring railway branch line reopening after winter and snow . Should have a few interesting characters!
I recommend a spring reading / listening of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood.
Many years ago cartoonist Posy Simmonds did cartoon strips (and BBC or Channel4 programme) called Tresoddit for Easter about a typical Cornish coastal town and its locals and incomers / tourists arriving for the season.
If I had any ability whatsoever I would make 28mm versions of all of those HG Wells Suggested Figures!
They are full of character and charm. 28mm? Surely 54mm? OO/HO? Even flats.
I quite like these Tintinesque J. Carlton Figurines though, associated with Gault ceramic houses
I have seen some charming zinnfiguren railway passengers on eBay and in books , especially some lovely 1920s European ones full of character and flair.
Found them –
Utterly charming – eisnbahnfiguren – that’s the word to look up …
Utterly charming! I can see a Miss Marple / Poirot mystery in tin …
I really enjoyed seeing those Carlton figures, great fun.
Here are some lovely flats-
I have a few Christmas flats like these charming figures, put away from last year.
I’ve been trying to find out what scale of train these 45mm Spenkuch passengers are meant to go with. https://www.zinnfigur.com/en/Flat-Figures/Toy-Figures/Spenkuch/Blank-Figures/Civil-Groups/Am-Bahnsteig-Eisenbahnfiguren.html
Any suggestions? Railway scales are always a cause of confusion to me, I’m afraid.
Suggests 40mm figures close to O scale trains? If I have read this right?
Worth looking for further confirmation
I wonder if the International Flat Figure Society have an answer?