Here's a sneaky peek of Ian Brown's latest illustrations. These will be available from the gift shop as limited edition tee-shirts from Easter next year.
The Palindromic Racecar
In the deluxe version the driver's seat rotates 360 degrees.
In the standard version the back of the seat flips like tram seating.
Discussions are being held with a manufacturer
of radio-controlled model cars to licence this design.
The Cross-Border Coach
The Fafnir Express
Hot gossip from The Alex!
Tony Gumley the sculptor has been working on a series of maquettes for major works in welded steel. He's been sworn to secrecy by Cynthia, the curator of The Alex arts centre, but let slip that she'd persuaded him that a 'major retrospective' of his work was long overdue. 'Problem is,' he wryly remarked, 'unless I do lots of new work there'd be very little to show.'
Tony Gumley – Dorsal study III
Tony Gumley – Study for kneeling female archer II
Nothing been happening at 1:20 scale since the start of the year. But at 12 inches to the foot scale a lot has been happening – not least moving about thirty miles nearer to the top left corner of Norfolk (this is the 'real world intervention' mentioned last August). Not much progress at 1:20 scale envisaged until the autumn as a rather large garden needs taming. But there is a strong possibility of the main bedroom becoming a 'board room' by the end of the year and – just maybe – some outdoor track in the middle of next year. But no promises.
To honour this event Ian Brown has provided an illustration of a railway carriage called 'Moving Home'. Though perhaps a bit too broad gauge for the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway.
Twenty years after the release of the original Pillage & Plunder role playing game (RPG) two new boards have been developed by Bobnian Entertainment Unlimited.
In the first new board, The Green Land Quest, you take the role of Noggian, a Viking captain based at Dorstad near the mouth of the Rhine. You seek to trade peacefully with settlements at Jorvic (York) and Dyffryn (Dublin). You need to get to the quayside before an infamous ship called the Hrafnperl whose dodgy-dealing captain, Djaks Carrow, sets the locals seeking revenge on the next Viking traders.
In the second game, Kvetsalcoadjlsaga, you have already made the journey to the Green Land and back successfully several times. But your navigator with a legendary lodestone shares a secret that no other Viking on the Green Land knows – he has been to a land of untold wealth to the south-south-west. You must survive several storms to get to the New Found Land.
In addition to the new boards and decks of cards, the renowned model kit makers, Revell, have produced 1:72 scale models of Hrafnperl, Kvetsalcoadjl and Noggian. Further kits are expected to be released towards the end of the year.
A sneak preview of teeshirts for the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway gift shop. They feature exclusive designs by Ian Brown emulating the ethos of the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway rolling stock.
Email W&ESTHR_sales@indigogroup.co.uk to place an order.
Don't forget to tell us which size and design you would like.
In this new collection of tales the railway staff interact with the somewhat overbearing curator of the nearby Arts Centre and two young sisters who create and sell pots at the Wonky Pot Emporium – when not chatting to customers or learning about some arcane aspects of Daoism.
Paranormal vigils in the ruins of a twelfth century castle, the creation of a heritage museum focused on the former sand mining in the area, sightings of inexplicable big cats – or are they phantom black dogs? – in the fields nearby, and the preparations for a Viking festival all unknowingly converge on the dodgy dealings of the proprietor of the local canoe hire facility (named after a one-time local lass called Pocahontas). An exciting evening awaits all the protagonists…
The Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway gift shop has details of the forthcoming range of lighthouse-themed gifts.
Further progress is not expected until late this year because of real world interventions.
Construction of the St Torpid's Bay lighthouse has been completed.
The dining car has finally procured some cutlery. And the Viking charabanc has acquired a 'tender' (except it's at the bow not the stern) to transport two hogsheads of ale (which therefore contain as much as a butt) and a brace of battle axes.
Some more 'tunes' have been added to the recommended listening.
Very belatedly made an acquaintance with the work of Tom Gauld. Really spiffing cartoons. Including this one from Baking with Kafka very much after the management's inclinations:
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Next up is the crew for the Viking charabanc and then the much-anticipated Rocket-powered B-type railbus.
The Bulrush dining car has been completed, apart from a few details of the table settings.
Work has commenced on two small coaches suitable for Sir Toby to pull. Indeed, the first one has been completed. Although the second has not yet started as instead work has begun on the field kitchen and the Viking charabanc.
To promote the Viking charabanc the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway gift shop now has a range of 'Pillage and Plunder' teeshirts.
The four original 'tales from the bar' – along with several new 'tales from the bar' – plus the account of the Valley Spirit Hermitage have now been incorporated in Tales from the Railway (1.6 Mbyte PDF; free to download)
A bog standard LGB baggage van has been transformed into a 'Black Mary' hearse wagon.
The team who run 'The Alex' arts centre have uploaded images from their four major exhibitions during 2019:
More recollections of Bill and Marko's Tuesday evening 'sessions' at Le Strange Arms:
There's also been more torc talk.
Progress continues with the Bulrush Dining Car but only at a rather slow rate. So the management opted for a 'quickie' with the consequence that the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway's collection of rolling stock now includes the 'Newt' guards van cum parcel van.
Also new are Bill and Marko's recollections of the time when a fly-on-the-wall docu-soap about Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway called Off the Rails was being recorded.
Trains have been running since mid-October and a certain amount of planning has been taking place. Which could easily be confused with prevarication. But all worked out well in late October when the management acquired three LGB wagons and a coach on eBay for attractive prices. This led to yet-more changes to the Lazybeach Special and improved plans for the Bulrush Dining Car.
An unplanned 'knock on' was that some of the LGB couplings bought to use with scratchbuilt chassis could now be used elsewhere. So Sir Toby and Gizmelda were adapted, and the couplings on both Nellie and the Irish loco were 'enhanced' by putting hooks on both ends.
The web page devoted to Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway's rolling stock has been redesigned. It now has a logical layout (at least to the managment if not anyone else).
And, for those of a more whimsical inclination, there's information about Eaton St Torpid's disused tide mill and Daoist retreat centre. Which has been updated. Thirteen times in one go. No, it doesn't make sense. But read it anyway. You just might be bemused…
If it seems that nothing much has been happening since May then that's about right. Though there have been developments in a parallel universe at 1:32 scale. Work at 1:20 scale is scheduled to resume October–November.
So progress with rolling stock manufacture and the like will slow down until the autumn. Rest assured there will be future editions of the Brindlecliffe ECHO!, but not every month.
In case you missed the 'stop press' section of last month's news then here's links to the latest goss:
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