Demilitarised DMZ choice for World Book Day 3rd March 2022

What would your Demilitarised DMZ Book Choice be for World Book Day 3 March 2022?

Here’s mine, time to visit a quiet bunch of vanished and surviving branchlines and Short Line railroads …

Read or see more at Man of TIN Blog Two:

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/03/03/dmz-no-4-dmz-book-choice-for-world-book-day

Blog posted / cross posted on my Sidetracked blog by Mark Man of TIN, World Book Day 3 March 2022

DMZ Post No. 3 – Tank Engine Tuesday

In place of the promised tankettes and Tankette Tuesday, here is the DMZ demilitarised version: Tank Engine Tuesday

DMZ? https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/some-more-peaceful-or-non-lethal-tabletop-strategy-games/

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.”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_characters_in_The_Railway_Series

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Railways are one DMZ demilitarised and relaxing modelling way of keeping the crafting modelling hands busy during current disquieting events.

https://manoftinblogtwo.wordpress.com/2022/02/24/some-more-peaceful-or-non-lethal-tabletop-strategy-games/

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).

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Peter Dennis’ versatile civilians from his Little Wars, 54mm Paperboys – great passengers!

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/05/02/on-railways-and-floor-wars-the-lwr-fwr-the-hgwr/

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

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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 …

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/what-is-going-on-in-the-heads-of-the-tiny-railway-people/

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/airfix-railway-figures-reviewed-1980-and-painted-2019/

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/railway-civilians-54mm-size/

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/12/02/fogman-and-brazier/

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Some interesting DMZ reading and viewing

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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!)

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/10/20/railcars-and-rural-america-mixed-train-daily/

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I also like pop up instant railways

whether in a tin,

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/deconstructing-trains-train-in-a-tin-vs-train-in-a-box/

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

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/the-wild-wilko-western-express/

Set up and taken down in minutes. Instant fix. Quick joy.

Even a quirky pen and ink digital railway?

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/short-trip-by-alexander-perrin/

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Why not take it around in a suitcase?

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/spain-in-a-small-case/

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Taken from my occasional blog – https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 1st March 2022

Everyday Tasks on the Steam Railway – Bennett Brook railway archive films on YouTube

The Bennett Brook Railway channel of railway archive films on YouTube shows Training films on everyday tasks such as track maintenance in the age of steam, including these great 1950s track gang.

To me they look just like the Airfix track workers still available from Dapol.

You can access the channel via YouTube through their railway newsreel archive posts such as: https://youtu.be/MGszU8cA8_I


It’s all the everyday detail that make such films fascinating.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on Sidetracked, 28 December 2020.

Last Express Train on the Southwold Railway 1929

The Last Train from Southwold 1929

https://youtu.be/ygtjCLh4YBs

Southwold Railway History

http://www.southwoldmuseum.org/transport_Railway.htm

Precious post link to Southwold Railway

https://youtu.be/EHrWbNrVs_s

As featured in

https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com/2020/12/20/more-curious-railways-on-british-newsreels/

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.

https://youtu.be/H3EbPEqACrY

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?

https://youtu.be/EHrWbNrVs_s

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on his Sidetracked blog December 2020

Short Trip by Alexander Perrin

Short Trip is a delightful interactive illustrated railway journey with sound, like a digital Myriorama endless landscape, by Australian based illustrator Alexander Perrin.

As quirky as the photos and short lines of the USA of my favourite railway book Mixed Train Daily, Short Trip was inspired by a real railway in Japan called the Hakone Tozan Railway https://www.hakone-tozan.co.jp/en/.

This was recently damaged in a typhoon and has now reopened – there is a charming little YouTube video about it here featuring a small Japanese boy and his toy train https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd_2-tNqWSw&feature=youtu.be

This Short Trip website was a tip off by Alan Gruber of The Duchy Of Tradgardland blog who is working on his own Garden Railway plans. Thanks Alan! Another wet morning happily sidetracked …

https://alexanderperrin.com.au/paper/shorttrip/?fbclid=IwAR2UILPGLqh5Lckf84EA_wC6d96CvIsbflSoDofstEicKZ5z9vV96YaxBgg#

This is delightful – you drive or travel at your own speed, listen to the bird song, the train sounds and trolley bell at each station stop.

You can go forward or backward, right or left at your own speed.

Go slowly and look at the all fine detail of hand drawn buildings, bridges, stations and landscapes. There are moving parts ranging from tiny humanoid animal passengers, turning waterwheels and windmills to rippling water.

You can read more about its creation and creator here

https://alexanderperrin.com.au/portfolio/short-trip/

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/09/interactive-illustration-short-trip/

“It’s a magical, rickety switchback railway that ascends a forest shrouded mountain all throughout the year,” Perrin told Colossal.

“There’s something about the beautifully crafted forms of the railway in sculpted union with the cliff faces and trees that just hits such a therapeutic, aesthetic sweet spot. It’s a little bit like riding an enlarged miniature railway, if you know what I mean. You remain passive and enjoy the ride for the sake of the journey.”

Source quote: This is Colossal.com

If you are too flibbertigibbet to finish your own railway project or it’s too wet a day for a garden railway, this is just the calm thing for you.

I’m sure Heath Robinson and Rowland Emmett would approve.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 18 December 2020.

B.P.S. Blog Post Script

There is a donate page on the simple menu linked to PayPal if you want to reward Alexander Perrin for the fun you have had with his creation.

Railcars and Rural America – Mixed Train Daily

The Bowden Railroad Co – its sole rolling stock 1940s /50s

1953 Mixed Train Daily – one of my favourite railway books

One of the things I like about the Internet age is how you can drop in on small communities for a short while.

I often do this whilst browsing the Forgotten Georgia blogpost and its Facebook page.

Reading Mixed Train Daily, I come across little historical nuggets of rural and wild-west America or Americana that have survived into the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The Bowdon Railroad of west Georgia is one such curiousity. Bowdon Railroad used to link up with one of the Georgia main lines at Bowdon Junction, providing the rail link to the City of Bowdon (“The Friendly City”) located in Carroll County, Georgia.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowdon_Railway

Bowdon now has a population of about 2,000, twice what it had in the railroad days of the 1940s and 50s This is more like the population numbers of a small town or larger village in the United Kingdom and quite different from the average city in the United Kingdom with its requirement to have a Cathedral, despite the occasional granting of recent smaller Millennium UK cities.

I like this evocative Short Lines Map of Georgia from Mixed Train Daily

The Bowdon empire

Through the wonders of the Interweb you can drop in on Bowdon as a community today through its website – see http://www.bowdon.net

You can see on the photo gallery who has received Business of the Month this time.

https://www.bowdonmainstreet.com

You can even see the Founder’s Day Parade video on YouTube, as if you’re standing by the side of the road and wandering around. https://youtu.be/IB1W2_LY7Tg

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN on 20 October 2020.

Quaint Railways 1933 British Pathe Newsreel

Quaint Railways 1933 British Pathe preview https://youtu.be/3wLlrreh6uY

A couple of screenshots of this Littleworth Peterborough area light railway which looks WW1 vintage. The driver wears what looks like Army Surplus battle dress.

https://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/2472/from-our-archive-lazarus-lines-same-railway-different-location/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littleworth_railway_station

Similar light potato or farm railways

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincolnshire_potato_railways

http://www.davesrailpics.bravehost.com/nocton/nocton.htm

http://www.davesrailpics.bravehost.com/lclr/lclr.htm

Well worth watching …

https://youtu.be/3wLlrreh6uY

Some Inspiring Railway Reading and Viewing

Having seen some interesting Pathe footage about the one man operation that was Port Victoria railway in the 1930s and 1940s, Alan Tradgardmastre Gruber as part of his 16mm (1/19 scale) garden railway plans asked on his blog about railway memoirs and manuals that give a ‘squad level’ picture about how a branch line runs, especially in the inter war years.

We chatted in the comments and email about inspiring films – Oh Mr Porter!, The Ghost Train, The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Railway Children – as well as various railway sitcoms such as Oh Doctor Beeching!

In terms of inspiring railway reading, I was a little more stumped about memoirs. My railway reading tends to be a little more fantastical.

The Punch illustrator and cartoonist Rowland Emett

Lots of inserting wartime railway cartoons in this Emett compilation. Emett famously designed the Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway for the 1951 Festival of Britain.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_Tottering_and_Oyster_Creek_Branch_Railway

This attractive Fifties colour children’s book uses railway model layout photographs

Several other books that I find interesting are railway historian Jack Simmons’ The Victorian Railway (Thames and Hudson) and Full Steam Ahead by the BBC team that did Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm. The series is out on DVD and a few clips can be seen here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07lpglf

Mixed Train Daily by Lucius Beebe and photographer C.M. Clegg is probably my favourite railway book, published in America in 1953. It is based on the vanishing Short Line Railroads of mixed freight and passenger trains that connected the rural communities, industries, small towns and workplaces of America. Many were vanishing as Clegg and Beebe hurried to ride and photograph them before they were broken up. This was much the same process as happened in Britain during the infamous Beeching era. In many parts of America, cars and freeways, airplanes and freight lorries replaced railways.

This poignant and celebratory book is worth a future blog post by itself and worth buying just for the quirky names of the railroads and the photographs.

I was pleased to find that some of the Railways photographed in the 1940s and 1950s have survived as the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). You can look up different railroads by state, town or destination here with links to each company’s website: https://www.aslrra.org/RR_Member_Search_NM.aspx?hkey=9450250f-beac-4459-ae9c-9ed5a13a9101

The original Thomas books that circulated in my family were interesting enough scenes (colour illustrations!) and at some point I acquired Rev. Awdrys poster map of Sodor. I found Sodor fascinating, slotted in the sea between Furness in Cumbria with the Isle of Man where my late Dad had taken part in the cycle TTs in the late 1950s. Another ImagiNation. I like the theme or hashtag here on this short lived 2008 blog of Topographic Tuesday, an occasional chance to share ImagiNations maps or landscapes https://pithhelmet.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/topographic-tuesday-the-island-of-sodor/

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 27 May 2020

Lastly BBC I-Player have a small Steam Collection of BBC Archive programmes including this one by John Betjeman https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03495yn/lets-imagine-a-branch-line-railway-with-john-betjeman