Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Pensioner Completes Tornado Locomotive Matchstick Model

Pensioner George Day recently completed a matchstick and copper wire model of the Tornado steam locomotive
George Day With 'Tornado' Matchstick Model

92 year-old model maker, George Day, who lives in Darlington, has recently completed the construction of his latest model railway locomotive - 60163 Class A2 Tornado - made entirely from matchsticks and copper wire.

Pensioner Mr. Day, who worked for the London North Eastern Railway when he left school at the age of 16, and then for British Railways and British Rail at Bank Top Engine Shed in Darlington, has, over the years, created dozens of models of the steam locomotives he worked on either as a cleaner, fireman or driver.

Speaking about the making of the Tornado locomotive model, he said: "It took me over a year to complete, but I am really pleased with the Tornado; it is certainly one of the best models I have made."

The Real Tornado Locomotive
A stickler for detail, Mr. Day also uses copper wire to represent the pipes that would be on the locomotives.

Spending a few hours each day crafting his models, which require thousands of matches, he joked: "I think I am keeping the matchstick industry going, given how many I use."

His current project is another locomotive, a J27, which featured in the long-running television drama, Hearbeat.

More 'Tornado' posts:

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Shillingstone Railway Acquires Virgin Mk 3 Buffet Car

Heritage Railway News

The Shillingstone Railway Project based at Shillingstone station, opened in 1863 and owned by the Dorset Central Railway, has acquired a former main line coach to add to its inventory of railway items.

The coach, transported by road from Chilmark, is a Mark 3 Buffet Car built for British Rail in 1970 at their Derby works.

The Mk 3 saw service with British Rail before joining the ranks of Virgin Trains rolling stock where it worked until retirement in 2002.  It was then stored until 2005 and was used by the Army for bomb disposal training.

The Shillingstone Railway Project plan to restore the Mk 3 coach - which at time of writing still carries the early Virgin Trains livery - hoping to run it on their 1/4 mile of track from Shillingstone station pending planning permission.

Ffestiniog Railway's New Pullman Observation Coach

Heritage Railways News

Ffestiniog Railway's Pullman Observation Coach on Home Turf

Rail passengers using London's Paddington station throughout the month until the 27th of June 2015 had the opportunity to see a superb example of moden-day railway coachbuilding skills.

On display between platforms 8 & 9, celebrating 150 years of passenger service on the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway (F&WHR), is a brand new Pullman observation carriage designed and built by craftsmen at the railway's Boston Lodge works, at a cost of £250,000.

Paul Lewin, spokesman for the 40-mile railway said: "Our brand new luxury Pullman Observation Saloon marks the beginning of a new era for our railway and sets high standards to enable passengers to enjoy the glorious Snowdoniam scenery in style.

However, it is not only passengers at Paddington station who will get the chance to see the stunning new coach, it will also be visiting Bristol and the Shrewsbury Flower Show, with other venues yet to be announced.

The Pullman Observation Saloon is expected to go into public service in 2016.

More Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway post on this blog:
Ffestiniog Railway Building New Waggon Shed

Further details on the Ffestiniog Railway website.

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