Wednesday 26 December 2012

Holiday Homework!

Jo Roesen kindly sent me  the following note with some pictures which I can do no better than reprint here:-

Just in case you haven’t got enough pictures for the blog, I’m sending you 3 that I didn’t send earlier;

009: The red trolley you gave me to restore, in process at the ‘Aston Sub Edge’ workshop of the BAG. It’s now finished, except for lettering. Not quite sure how I’m going to get that done, but possibly via Richard Johnson. I’ll ask him once the Christmas rush is over.

010: The double bench I’m building for the station. This is now also finished and lettered. The ‘piece de la resistance’ will be a b&w name board for the back, which is awaiting collection from Leeds, together with the two running in board finials.  Probably get that in January.

003: Another view of the south end of the station, showing the space you had cleared. I thought you would like some pictures of this, so I took several. I think the LH ground behind the platform still needs a bit of back fill, and this is where one of the 2 running in boards will go.

Finally, I am sharing a Christmas card from my Dutch friends SSN in Rotterdam.  Website This is a terrific picture of their star engine pacific 01.1075, taken a few days ago during an outing to the Cologne Christmas market. I’ve always been a fan of big engines, what a shame I missed the 9F at the GWSR L


mack said...

.... What's a running in board ... And is the 'gwr' lettering on that bench going to be cream ?

mack said...

Do you have any of those advertising old enamel signs for the station when it's done ?

Bill said...

We have some enamel signs but good ones are are rare/expensive.

Jo said...

A running in board is a big station name board. There were two on the station, immediately on the left as the train ran into the station. Have a look at earlier pictures of the station, you will see one near the footbridge on the down side. The other was near the road bridge on the up side.
The GWR lettering is now in cream, the picture was taken a bit earlier.
Enamel signs are a good idea, but as Bill says genuine ones are very collectable and thus expensive and at risk of theft. In fact, if you want to stay authentic, I don't think Broadway actually had any.

SWrural said...

I think the 'trolley' was called a'sack truck'. I only know this from the special plank on the doors of Opens that made a smooth transition when wheeling into the wagon.

Toddington Ted said...

I seem to recall the Broadway Group being given some authentic enamel advertising signs by a well-wisher a couple or more years ago. She said that a relative had been given them by Broadway Station staff or something like that. I'm sure its on this blog somewhere! In addition to the 2 main large Broadway signs (Running in boards) Broadway, like Toddington, had 2 smaller station signs but I don't think that either Broadway or Toddington ever had the BR pattern "totem" enamel signs that were a feature of many stations in the late 50s and early 60s but I'm not sure.
Original enamel advertising signs are highly collectable and since reproduction ones are available, then I guess the latter would be better for external use. Most stations appeared to be festooned with them during late Victorian and Edwardian times from the look of contemporary photos and they make modern advertising look tame!

Richard Johnson said...


i am in the process of getting some lettering made up for a couple of wagons at C&W. Email me on and let me know what you need. I can add it to the current order.

Best wishes