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CHELTENHAM GWR MODELLERS GROUP EXHIBITIONS IN AID OF CLIC SARGEANT

  
Introduction
  
Cheltenham Rail Location Map
  
Review of Spring 2006
  
Review of Autumn 2006
  
Review of Spring 2007
 
Review of Autumn 2007
  
Review of Spring 2008
  
Spring 2008: The Untold Story
  
Review of Autumn 2008
  
Review of Spring 2009

Review of Autumn 2009
 
Review of Spring 2010
  
 
  Review of Autumn 2010
  
 Review of Spring 2011
  
  Review of Autumn 2011
  
 Review of Spring 2012
  
  Review of Autumn 2012
  
 Review of Spring 2013
  
  Review of Autumn 2013
  
 Review of Spring 2014
  
 


 
 
 

CHELTENHAM GWR MODELLERS GROUP EXHIBITION IN AID OF SAINT MICHAELS CHURCH (WHADDON) ROOF FUND

 
Review of January 2008
 
COTSWOLD MODEL RAILWAY SHOW

Review of 2009
  
 
  Review of 2010
  
  Review of 2011
  
  Review of 2012
  
  Review of 2013
  
 

GLOUCESTER MODEL RAILWAY SHOW

  
 
  Review of 2011
  
  Review of 2012
  
  Review of 2013
  
 Preview of 2014

 INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC MODELLING SOCIETY GLOUCESTER BRANCH EXHIBITIONS

 
Review of 2009

Review of 2010
  
  Review of 2012
  
  Review of 2013
 

STONEHOUSE MODEL RAILWAY SHOW

 
Review of March 2009
 
CIRENCESTER  MODEL RAILWAY SHOW

Review of September 2009

Review of October 2010
  
  M5-M50 NARROW GAUGE MODELLERS EXHIBITION
  
  2011
  
  2012

THORNBURY  MODEL RAILWAY AND MODELLING EXHIBITION

Review of November 2009
  
  Review of November 2011
  
  Review of November 2012
  
  Review of November 2013

THE TRIANG SOCIETY CHELTENHAM EXHIBITION

2010

THE JET AGE RESERVE MODEL COLLECTION
 
Introduction
 
The Square Airfield
 
Modular Display Cabinets
   
 
  Brockworth Open Day  4 December 2010
  

EASTER PARADE 2010

Boeing B-17s

A.V Roe and the British Pioneers

Regia Aeronautica Italiana

Luftwaffe

Aircraft of the Rising Sun

The Russian Front

G-AIDN and the two seat Spitfires

USA - The Arsenal of Democracy
 
Aircraft of Western Europe 1918-1939

The American Jet Age
 

BRITISH STORIES

  
  Achtung Typhoon!
  
  Airspeed Horsa RZ108 and The Jet Age Museum Cockpit Project
 
Blackburn Buccaneer

Bristol Aircraft
 
Bristol Type 170 Freighter,Wayfarer & Superfreighter
 
A walk round Bristol Type 170 Mk 31 G-BISU
 
Bristol Type 170: A view from Filton

De Havilland DH2, the fighter that founded Gloster Aircraft
 
De Havilland Mosquito

Away with the Faireys

Fairey Delta 2 and The Wings of Speed
 
The Lost Flying Boats of Blackburn, Fairey and Supermarine
 
Britain's First Seaplane
 
A model history of Gloster Aircraft
 
Gloster Gladiator N5520: Model restored
 
The Gloster Hudson - a missed opportunity?
 
Handley Page Aircraft
  
  Joint Harrier Strike Force

Flashpoint Korea

  New for 1962
  
The British Phantoms

Tribute to Skyfame
  
  Spitfire Origins
  
  Spitfire F22 PK662
 
Sydney Camm and the Winds of Change
  
  Ultimate Bombers of World War II
 
Westland Aircraft
 

AMERICAN STORIES

  
  The Grumman Story
 
Flashpoint Korea!

Lockheed Aircraft
  
  McDonnell Douglas
 
Rainbow of the US Navy
  
  Ultimate Bombers of World War II
 
Wider, Bluer Yonder

GERMAN STORIES

 
Kaiser Bill's Air Force: Albatros to Roland
 
Kaiser Bill's Air Force: Angrif England!
 
Kaiser Bill's Air Force: The Zeppelins
 

JAPANESE STORIES

 
Mitsubishi G3M "Nell" and the loss of Force Z
 

THE GUEST LIST

 
Ken Guest's Photographic Index
 

KIM HIBBERD

TOP GLOUCESTERSHIRE PHOTOGRAPHER

1953 - 2009

 
Tribute to Kim Hibberd
 
Kim Hibberd meets 771 Royal Naval Air Squadron
 
Kim Hibberd meets RAF Strike Command
 

RAILWAY OPERATING DEPARTMENT

 
Background to the Background
 
Capital Works
 
Capital Works: Guest Motive Power
  
  Church Hislop
 
The Class 47 Connection
  
  Dapol Diorama at Cheltenham Model Centre
 
The Fastest Diorama in the West
 
Flightline
  
  Flightline at Cheltenham Model Centre
  
  Flightline at Cheltenham Model Centre:  Touring and Rallying
 
Kaiser Bill's Trains
 
  Ming Ing
  
  Ming Ing : Extra Portions
  
  Visit Hucclecote: Catch an STD!

Terminal 1

Terminal 1 Aircraft

Terminal 1 Rolling Stock

N Gauge
Steam Push-Pull 

  
 Flying down to Cheltenham

  Flying down to Hucclecote
  
  
Flying down to Tewkesbury

Terminal 1 2010 Departures

Fiddling about with Terminal 1 

Terminal 1 and Voyager DEMUs

Terminal 1 and Class 73 electro-diesels

Terminal 1 and GWR diesel railcars
   
 
  Terminal 1 2010: October Skies
 
 
  Terminal 1: Airbus, Boeing und Alles uber Deutschland
  
 Toucan Park
  
  Toucan Park- Guest Motive Power 2011

The Bucc Stops Here!

Universal Works

Universal Works and British Steam
  
  Universal Works does McDonnell Douglas
  
  Hasegawa 1/72 Scale US Aircraft Weapons Loading Set
  
  Universal Works and Mike Morris's British Steam

Universal Works salutes English Electric 
  
  Universal Works in Funny Business

Universal Works salutes Gloucester RCW 

Universal Works 2.0
Universal Works in "Nearly Feltham"
  
  Universal Works and the road to Feltham
  
  Universal Works and GWR Large Prairies
  
  Universal Works and GWR Small Prairies
  
  Universal Works and the Pug Sextet
  
  Universal Works and Steam Superpower
  
  Universal Works and the Swiss Crocodile


Wagon Repairs Diorama: All Change
 

THE LEIGH VALLEY LIGHT RAILWAY

 
Introduction
 
Steam Locomotives
 
Garratt Millennium
 
Diesel Locomotives
 
Rolling Stock
 
Tribute to Norman Bozzard
 
Norman Bozzard Day 2007
 
Open Weekend 2008

Open Weekend 2009
  
Open Weekend 2010

Open Weekend 2010: Pictures by
Malcolm Morgan
   
 
  One day in Cwmbran
  

 

  The last Leigh Valley Light Railway Open Days 2011

BROADBAND TRANSPORT CINEMA

 

Historic Footage

 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE AVIATION

 
 
  Blowing in The Wind
   
  More Aircraft Blow In
   
  Into Thin Air


All things Breitling beautiful

Bristol Boxkite - Britain's first military aircraft

Bristol Aircraft and the bomber gap
 
Civil Aviation - A Gloucestershire Perspective
  
  Aspects of Civil Aviation in 2012
 
Cosmic Heroes
 
  Diamond Delta Day 10 December 2011
  
  Jet Age Museum and Vulcan To The Sky Fundraising Day 9 April 2012
  
Dorniers over Gloucestershire
  
  The Dornier and The Ferret
  
  Fairford 2011: Then and Now
  
  A Giant at Brockworth
  
  Gloucester's Near Miss: The Loss of Vickers Varsity G-APAZ in March 1963
  
  Gloucestershire Airport Charity Open Day 24 June 2012

Gloucestershire Propellers
 
Gloster Meteor IVs in Argentina
  
  Gloster Meteor T7 VW453 airlifted from Imjin Barracks on Monday 22 April 2013
  
  The Tale with no Cats: An Isle of Man visit on 26 July 2012
  
  The Cat Flap: 24 and 25 July 2013 on the Isle of Man
  
  Isle of Man Data File

The Royal Air Force in the 1930s A-G
 
The Royal Air Force in the 1930s H-W
 
Rotors over Gloucestershire

An afternoon with Rise Helicopters
  
  Allan Smallman's Staverton Memories

A walk round Westland Sea King HAR3 XZ589
 
Staverton Hero: Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer
 
The Telstar Story
 
Tiger Airways Stampe of Approval

Volcanic Ash at Ten O'Clock
  
  Avro Vulcan XH558 over Gloucestershire on Saturday 29 September 2012

SKYFAME CIRCUIT - THE BEST OF WHAT'S LEFT

 
Introduction
 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE BUSES

 
Bristol Double Deck Buses in Gloucestershire
 
Bristol Single Deck Buses in Gloucestershire
 
Bristol VR - The Big Firm Bus

Cheltenham District 75
  
  Take the last coach from Cheltenham
  
  Colin Curtis: Routemaster Pioneer
 
Gloucestershire Stagecoach 2008 - 09
 
Just the Ticket Punch
 
Michelle Ryan: The Girl with the Big Firm Bus

Stagecoach  Gold

The Trident life of Stagecoach Cheltenham
 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE RAILWAYS

 
Berry Wiggins at Whimsey 1949-1967
 
British Telecomm rings the changes

Boom Time for 60019 "Bittern"
  
  The Butt Ironworks Story
  
  Cheltenham Rail Freight April 2012

C.B Collett's Air Force

Gloucestershire's Chemical Romance
 
3440 "City of Truro" leaves Toddington

Churchdown School Railtours 1978-79
  
  Connecting Trains: From Dad's Army to Doctor Who
 
Cotswold Rail at Gloucester 2007
  
  The Crump Ironworks Story
 
Diesel Locomotive Driving
 
English Electric Exportese
  
  The Rivetting story of Fielding and Platt
  
  Mr Gladstone's Ghost Trains
 
The Greenest of Diesels

Hastings DEMU 1001
at Churchdown

Up the line from Kemble

  New trains for Lydney
  
70013 "Oliver Cromwell" at Cheltenham
  
  Lea Bailey Light Railway

Llanthony Road Yard Gloucester
  
  The First Railways in Gloucester
 
 
Railways in Gloucester and Churchdown - after 1845
  
 
  The Severn Railway Bridge 1879 - 1960
  
  Single Driver Locomotives
  
  North from Toddington
 
 60163 "Tornado" at Gloucester

Torque to the Trees
 
RAILFUTURE SEVERNSIDE

Railfuture Gloucester 21 October 2006

Railfuture Gloucester: Kemble to Swindon
  
Railfuture Severnside 10 April 2010
  
  Railfuture Severnside Correspondence 2012
   
Railfuture Severnside Correspondence 2013
 
JOE GREAVES' PRIVATE OWNER WAGON INDEX 
 
Introduction and Letter A

B

C
  
  D

THE GLOUCESTER RAILWAY CARRIAGE AND WAGON COMPANY

 

INTRODUCTION TO GRCW

 
Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company Limited
 
GRCW's FW.Sinclair on Carriage Building
  
  GRCW and Electric Taxis
 
GRCW's Henry Wright
 
GRCW Works Shunters
  
 
  GRCW and Mr J.C. Tunley's dinner
  
Wagon Repairs Ltd
  
  GRCW's Narrow Gauge Wembley Carriages
 
GRCW Wagons For Hire
 
GRCW on the Bluebell Railway

GRCW AND ARGENTINA

 
GRCW and Argentina
 
GRCW y la Argentina Version Espanol
 

PIONEERING PRODUCTS BY GRCW

 
GRCW and GWR Diesel Railcars
  
  GRCW and British Railways Class 119 DMUs and Class 122 diesel railcars
 
GRCW's Class 100 Driving Trailer Composite 56317 preserved
 
GRCW's Class 122 rail car 55000 preserved
 
GRCW and Cement Wagons
 

PRIVATE OWNER OPEN WAGONS BY GRCW

 
GRCW Private Owner Chronology
 
GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons: Introduction, Airfix & Bachmann models
 
GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons: Dapol & Grafar models
 
GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons: Hornby models
 
GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons: Robbie's Rolling Stock
 
Ian Pope's view of GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons
 
Ian Pope's 7mm scale models of GRCW Private Owner Coal Wagons
 

GRCW AND THE TORONTO SUBWAY

 
GRCW and Toronto's Subway
 
"Gloucester Trains Keep City Moving"
 

RAILSPOT RELOADED

  
  Avonside Standard Gauge Tank Locomotives
 
British Standard Six Coupled Steam
  
  Brush Class 60 Type 5 Co-Cos
 
Coal
 
English Electric Type 3 Co-Cos
 
Great Western Railway Express Passenger 4-6-0s

Industrial Narrow Gauge Railways
 
"King Arthur" 4-6-0s
 
The Midland & South Western Junction Railway
 
National Waterways Museum Wagons

46201"Princess Elizabeth"
 
Warship Class diesel hydraulic locomotives
 
 
 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ROAD TRANSPORT

 
Andy Peckham's Travel 2000 Ltd
  
  Bristol Cars
 
The Best of the Burrells
  
 Pat Harris 1938-2012: In Memoriam
 
Meet The Mellor Brothers

The Mellor Brothers keep on trucking

The Mellor Brothers On The Buses

The Mellor Brothers: Layby Diorama
 
The Mellor Brothers present The A Team
 
The Mellor Brothers win on aggregate
 
The Mellor Brothers animal passions
 
The Mellor Brothers push the boat out

The Buccaneering Mellor Brothers

The Mellor Brothers chill out

The Mellor Brothers : Good with Co-Operative vehicles

The Mellor Brothers salute Moreton C. Cullimore

It's curtains for The Mellor Brothers
 
The Mellor Brothers go flat out

The Mellor Brothers Heavy Metal
 
The Mellor Brothers Lift and Separate
 
 
The Mellor Brothers present The North Western Road Car Company (Glos) Limited: Fifty Glorious Years.
 
The Mellor Brothers pass the parcels

The Mellor Brothers go rigid

The Mellor Brothers: Sugar and Spice 

The Mellor Brothers tractive effort
  
  The Mellor Brothers want you!
  
The Mellor Brothers in Wharfedale
 
The Mellor Brothers wheels within wheels
 
The Mellor Brothers get wood
  
  Model Police Cars
 
A model history of Royal Air Force vehicles
 
Roman Roads
  
  The Model Steam Road Vehicle Society
 
Tanks for the memory
  
  Tanks in Tewkesbury 2011
 
Tibberton Methodist Church : A Rural Journey

Eric Vick's MAN TGX

The World Land Speed Record, Gloucestershire and the Campbells

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MOTOR SPORT HISTORY

 
A barrel of Coopers
  
  Flightline at Cheltenham Model Centre:  Touring and Rallying
 

BRITISH RAILWAYS LOCOMOTIVE DEPOTS 1950 - 1959

 
BR London Midland Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR Eastern Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR North Eastern Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR Scottish Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR Southern Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR Western Region Locomotive Depots
 
BR Locomotive Allocations 1950 and 1959
 

LONDON MIDLAND REGION 1960S & 70S

 
London Midland Control
 
LMR 2 January 1973
 
RAIL REPORTS

Introduction

Rail Reports 2007

Rail Reports 2008

Rail Reports 2009

 Rail Reports 2010
  
  Rail Reports 2011
  
  Rail Reports 2012
  
Rail Reports 2013
 
 

ALAN'S WORLD OF RAILWAYS

  
  The Railway World of Arthur Kyle
  
  The Deltics: The Greatest Locomotives of All Time? An essay by William Lyon Tupman
 
Duffy's Progress
 
Electrification Pioneers
 
Fred The Steam Fugitive
 
High Speed Trains
 
Isle of Wight Steam Locomotives
 
In the hole with 57 315 "The Mole"
 
Know Your 1950s Trains

Meet me at St Pancras
 
More about St Pancras
 
Price Discrimination on Virgin Trains
 
The Railway Raptors: NBL 10800 Hawk D0280 Falcon and HS4000 Kestrel
  
  Severn Valley Railway 6 May 2013
 
Maximum Steam with L.D. Porta
 
Tracks to the Future
  
  Trains Go Pop
 
Waterloo Sunrise
 
Wheels on Rails
 

TRANSPORT SCIENCE FICTION

 
Aliens of Coventry

The Desperation of the Daleks
  
  Two Pints to Skaro
 

GLOUCESTERSHIRE WATERWAYS


Arco Trent's Reality Check

HMS Aeneas at Bristol
 
The Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the River Plate

The Ghosts of Gloucester Docks
  
  Severn Crossings south of Gloucester
  
  Severn King: A Splendid 1/43 Scale Model Ferry
 
Radio Cruise Control
 
Tugs On Film
  
  WORLD SHIP SOCIETY GLOUCESTER BRANCH
  
  Meeting Reports 2011
  
  Meeting Reports 2012
  
  Meeting Reports 2013
  
  Meeting Reports 2014
  
  Model Naval Aviation

STOP AND EXAMINE

  
  The Funny Side of Transport
 
 Reverend Douglas Drane's Transport Sunday message
  
  Transport Art Collections
 
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transport and Gloucestershire

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"Doesn't sound very exiting does it? Yet within these pages can be found all manner of things such as the first British seaplane, the Bristol Freighter, Gloster jet fighter, Daleks, K-9, the Whippet tank, all sorts of locomotives, a Gloster Meteor with propellers and a Zeppelin or two"

"Doesn't sound very exiting does it? Yet within these pages can be found all manner of things such as the first British seaplane, the Bristol Freighter, Gloster jet fighter, Daleks, K-9, the Whippet tank, all sorts of locomotives, a Gloster Meteor with propellers and a Zeppelin or two"

Kind words from Poliss, thecentralstation.myfreeforum.org

I read the well set out article [Flying Down to Tewkesbury] with some nice thoughts of those days and still love them old memories. Please accept this small note as a token of thanks, for without you guys it would all be consigned to the scrap yards of Barry Island and gone forever. Thank You.

"I read the well set out article [Flying Down to Tewkesbury] with some nice thoughts of those days and still love them old memories. Please accept this small note as a token of thanks, for without you guys it would all be consigned to the scrap yards of Barry Island and gone forever. Thank You."

 

Email from Arthur Kyle, retired driver, 8A Edge Hill, Liverpool, pictured above in the early 1960s on the footplate of 45156 "Ayrshire Yeomanry"

Click on the picture above for an article on Arthur Kyle's career.

"OMG how freaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!! What an honor!! Thank You Alan!!! "

"OMG how freaking AWESOME!!!!!!!!! What an honor!! Thank You Alan!!! "

Kind words from Tammie on the Fly DC Jets Sign - Fan Page : and that's before the first McDonnell Douglas aircraft have even arrived!

 

"Keep up the great work with the website!"

 

Regards John Putley Learning & Outreach Officer

Gloucestershire Archives, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

 

It's thumbs up for Gloucestershire Transport History joining The Professionals.  More nostalgia with C.I.5's Cowley, Bodie and Doyle

And it's thumbs up for Gloucestershire Transport History joining The Professionals.  More nostalgia with C.I.5's Cowley, Bodie and Doyle at http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/b06.htm


 

This flying wing concept with its "clip-on" passenger or freight capsules - which arrive and depart from the airport by rail - was exhibited at the 2013 Paris Air Show and - if it is ever built - could revolutionise transport as we know it.  Layouts like Terminal 1 would become obsolete for a start!


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CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO FIND HOW THIS LORRY LINKS HEREFORDSHIRE WITH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

CLICK ON THE PICTURE ABOVE TO FIND HOW THIS LORRY LINKS HEREFORDSHIRE WITH GLOUCESTERSHIRE


MARK HUGHES MODELS JOINS GLOUCESTERSHIRE TRANSPORT HISTORY!  CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE TO GET ON BOARD THE SUMMER 2011 CATALOGUE OF BUS AND TRAM KITS AND MORE!

CLICK ON THE LOGO ABOVE TO GET ON BOARD THE SUMMER 2012 CATALOGUE OF BUS AND TRAM KITS AND MORE!


Gloucestershire Transport History is now the proud online home of the Gloucester Branch of the World Ship Society.  Details of future meetings will be listed below and for a review of 2011 click here!
 
AHOY THERE SHIPMATES!
Gloucestershire Transport History is now the proud online home of the Gloucester Branch of the World Ship Society.  Details of future meetings will be listed below and for reviews of 20112012 , 2013 and 2014 click here.

Gloucestershire Transport History is also the official website of the Gloucester Model Railway Exhibition, which will next be held at Hucclecote Methodist Church from 1000 to 1700 on Saturday 21 June 2014.

Gloucestershire Transport History is also the official website of the Gloucester Model Railway Exhibition.

Click on the picture above for a review of the 2014 event.

Click here for coverage of the 2012 Gloucester Model Railway Exhibition

Click here for coverage of the 2013 Gloucester Model Railway Exhibition


A group of graffiti artists have tackled their biggest project to date - the decoration of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.  It took Bristol based art collective HangFire seven days to give the disused Lucky Air jet at Cotswold Airport in Kemble a complete monochrome design featuring letters and geometric shapes"

On 5 October 2013 The Gloucester Citizen reported:

"A group of graffiti artists have tackled their biggest project to date - the decoration of a Boeing 737 passenger jet.  It took Bristol based art collective HangFire seven days to give the disused Lucky Air jet at Cotswold Airport in Kemble a complete monochrome design featuring letters and geometric shapes"



If you like high quality card mounted photographs of interesting aircraft - and more - then why not call Gloucester photographer Ken Guest on +44 (0)1452 413511 or email ken.guest@tiscali.co.uk? Prices start from just 5.00 for a 7" x 5" print and for a further selection of images click on the picture of Swiss marked Hawker Hunter F6 J-4015 at Kemble above.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN GUEST

If you like high quality card mounted photographs of interesting aircraft - and more - then why not call Gloucester photographer Ken Guest on +44 (0)1452 413511 or email ken.guest@tiscali.co.uk? Prices start from just 5.00 for a 7" x 5" print and for a further selection of images click on the picture of Swiss marked Hawker Hunter F6 J-4015 at Kemble above.

LOOKING FOR A TRANSPORT RELATED CELEBRATION CAKE?

LOOKING TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE BIRTH OF  THE REVEREND WILBERT VERE AWDRY IN 2011? THEN WHY NOT VISIT www.silverliningcakes.co.uk FOR MORE TASTY DETAILS?

THEN WHY NOT VISIT www.silverliningcakes.co.uk FOR MORE TASTY DETAILS?


On 15 August 2011 The Earlswood Press published GTH reader and London taxi driver Bill Munro's latest book - London Taxis : A Full History - at an RRP of 15.99.  Bearing ISBN 978-0-9562308-2-9, the 240 page 200mm x 175mm paperback includes over 150 black and white photographs, some of which have never been published before, and traces the story of the London taxi from 1897.  Some of the first of these Horseless Cabs, ordered and operated by Walter Bersey, were electric and built by The Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited.

On 15 August 2011 The Earlswood Press published GTH reader and London taxi driver Bill Munro's latest book - London Taxis : A Full History - at an RRP of 15.99.  Bearing ISBN 978-0-9562308-2-9, the 240 page 200mm x 175mm paperback includes over 150 black and white photographs, some of which have never been published before, and traces the story of the London taxi from 1897.  Some of the first of these Horseless Cabs, ordered and operated by Walter Bersey, were electric and built by The Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited. 

Click on the picture for more details.


Michael Clemens informs me that a large number of British Railways working timetables from the 1960s are now available in PDF format at www.michaelclemensrailways.co.uk

Michael Clemens informs me that a large number of British Railways Western Region working timetables from the 1950s and 60s are now available in PDF format at www.michaelclemensrailways.co.uk


For splendid monochrome and colour transport art - including this splendid cutaway drawing of a Gloster Javelin F (AW) Mark 1 - why not visit the website of Stuart Taylor ?

For splendid monochrome and colour transport art - including this splendid cutaway drawing of a Gloster Javelin F (AW) Mark 1 - why not visit the website of Stuart Taylor ?


For a consumer review of your latest book, DVD or other Gloucestershire and Transport related product or service why not email Alan ?


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Huntley and Palmer's six plank 10 ton private owner coal wagon 21 was built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited in October 1908 with a tare weight of 6-0-3 and internal measurements of 14' 6" x 7' x 3' 9".

Huntley and Palmer's six plank 10 ton private owner coal wagon 21 was built by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited in October 1908 with a tare weight of 6-0-3 and internal measurements of 14' 6" x 7' x 3' 9". 

It was painted purple brown with white lettering shaded black, but does anyone know the livery, types, quantities and dates etc of the Reading, Berkshire, biscuit maker's fleet of covered railway vans?  If so, please email any information to nwdeacon@live.com who is trying to write an article on the subject.

As is recounted in the Introduction to The Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited elsewhere on this website, Bristol Road's Wagon Works contribution to Allied victory in World War II included building 764 Churchill tanks. 

However, the earliest A20 Churchill prototypes were built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast and the same company also built 550 tanks including Centaur, Matilda and Churchill Mark Is, Mark IIs and possibly Mark IIIs at Carrickfergus from August 1939 to November 1943.

In Yorkshire meanwhile A22 Churchill tanks were constructed by Charles Roberts of Horbury, Wakefield and in the English Midlands both Metropolitan Cammell and Birmingham RCW also built Churchills with some of Birmingham RCW's first A22 tanks being used on the Dieppe raid of 1942.

As discovered on various websites, the running number blocks of the Churchill tanks built by Birmingham RCW and Metropolitan Cammell are set out in the table below along with number blocks for 322 of the Churchill tanks built by Gloucester RCW.  The Gloucester data comes from original Wartime documents recently released from The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset. 

T31496 T31670 Metropolitan Cammell 174 tanks
T31821 T31995 Birmingham RCW 174 tanks
T32396 T32470 Gloucester RCW  74 tanks
T67866 T67990 Gloucester RCW  124 tanks
T67868 T67990 Birmingham RCW 122 tanks
T67991 T68140 Metropolitan Cammell 149 tanks
T68716 T68840 Gloucester RCW  124 tanks
T68919 T68965 Metropolitan Cammell 46 tanks

However it will be noticed that the numbers T67868 to T67990 are claimed by both Gloucester and Birmingham RCWs.  Could it be that numbers originally allocated to Gloucester were moved north?  And what numbers were carried by the other 442 Churchill tanks built in Bristol Road?  Incidentally, the 322 Gloucester RCW built tanks mentioned in the Bovington paperwork were identified as "assembly only" - constructed from components rather than built from scratch.

Does anyone have a comprehensive list of  British World War II "T" numbers with corresponding tank types and possibly the army units they were first issued to?  If so, please email me!

The beautiful painting of BUSHMILLS, a Churchill Mk I C5 armed with two 75mm howitzers, is reproduced above courtesy of Bracken Anderson, historian of the North Irish Horse, the only mechanized cavalry regiment of World War II to be issued with Churchill tanks.

Does anyone remember the Piper PA-22 Colt with the registration G-ARNF (similar to D-ECTV, pictured above) crashing at Woolaston near Lydney in Gloucestershire on I September 1962?  The pilot and only occupant - believed to be a Mr Tuck, flying from Staverton - was sadly killed.  Any more information would be appreciated by Dave Tigwell

Does anyone remember the Piper PA-22 Colt with the registration G-ARNF (similar to D-ECTV, pictured above) crashing at Woolaston near Lydney in Gloucestershire on I September 1962?  The pilot and only occupant - believed to be a Mr Tuck, flying from Staverton - was sadly killed.  Any more information would be appreciated by Dave Tigwell

 

 

Nameplates commemorating the mountain  "Suilven" were applied to Class 60 Co-Co diesel electric 60 076 in September 1991 and removed in January 1997. If you own one or both them, Nick Lander is interested in purchasing and can be contacted at valenta@tiscali.co.uk

 

Picture courtesy of dieselimagery.com


RED NOTICE CASE

THE ANNUAL RALLY OF THE MODEL STEAM ROAD VEHICLE SOCIETY WILL BE HELD AT TEWKESBURY RUGBY CLUB ON SATURDAY 5 AND SUNDAY 6 JULY 2014.  FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE

THE ANNUAL RALLY OF THE MODEL STEAM ROAD VEHICLE SOCIETY WILL BE HELD AT TEWKESBURY RUGBY CLUB ON SATURDAY 5 AND SUNDAY 6 JULY 2014.  FOR DETAILS CLICK HERE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 20 JULY 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 20 JULY 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA WILL BE HELD AT SOUTH CERNEY AIRFIELD, SOUTH OF CIRENCESTER, ON FRIDAY 1, SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY 3 AUGUST 2014 WITH NEW N GAUGE LAYOUT CHURCH HISLOP SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN THE MODEL TENT. FOR MORE SHOW DETAILS CLICK HERE

THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA WILL BE HELD AT SOUTH CERNEY AIRFIELD, SOUTH OF CIRENCESTER, ON FRIDAY 1, SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY 3 AUGUST 2014 WITH NEW N GAUGE LAYOUT CHURCH HISLOP SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN THE MODEL TENT. FOR MORE SHOW DETAILS CLICK HERE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 7 SEPTEMBER 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

THE CHELTENHAM SOCIETY OF MODEL ENGINEERS WILL BE OFFERING TRAIN RIDES AT THEIR GROUND IN HATHERLEY LANE, CHELTENHAM (NEXT TO ASDA) FROM 1400 TO 1700 ON SUNDAY 5 OCTOBER 2014.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND THERE WILL ALSO BE A DISPLAY OF MODEL BOATS ON THE LAKE

GLOUCESTER FILM MAKERS WILL BE HOSTING A FILM SHOW ENTITLED "A WORLD TOUR"  AT ST GEORGE'S CHURCH CENTRE, BROCKWORTH, AT 1930 ON MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014. ADMISSION 5.00. SUPPORTING THE MEMBER'S TRAVELOGUES WILL BE UNIVERSAL WORKS IN "STEAM SUPERPOWER"

GLOUCESTER FILM MAKERS WILL BE HOSTING A FILM SHOW ENTITLED "A WORLD TOUR"  AT ST GEORGE'S CHURCH CENTRE, BROCKWORTH, AT 1930 ON MONDAY 20 OCTOBER 2014. ADMISSION 5.00. SUPPORTING THE MEMBER'S TRAVELOGUES WILL BE UNIVERSAL WORKS IN "STEAM SUPERPOWER"

THE CHELTENHAM GWR MODELLER'S EXHIBITION IN AID OF CLIC SARGEANT WILL BE HELD AT ST MARGARET'S HALL, CONISTON ROAD, CHELTENHAM, GL51 3NU FROM 1000 TO 1700 ON SATURDAY 25 AND 1000 TO 1630 ON SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER 2014.

THE CHELTENHAM GWR MODELLER'S EXHIBITION IN AID OF CLIC SARGEANT WILL BE HELD AT ST MARGARET'S HALL, CONISTON ROAD, CHELTENHAM, GL51 3NU FROM 1000 TO 1700 ON SATURDAY 25 AND 1000 TO 1630 ON SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER 2014.

THE COTSWOLD MODEL RAILWAY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THOMAS KEBLE SCHOOL, EASTCOMBE, ON 1 AND 2 NOVEMBER 2014. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2013 SHOW WAS OXFORD ROAD, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE COTSWOLD MODEL RAILWAY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THOMAS KEBLE SCHOOL, EASTCOMBE, ON 1 AND 2 NOVEMBER 2014. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2013 SHOW WAS OXFORD ROAD, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE THORNBURY MODEL RAILWAY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE CHANTRY, THORNBURY ON 29 AND 30 NOVEMBER 2014. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2013 SHOW WAS PIXASH LANE, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE THORNBURY MODEL RAILWAY SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE CHANTRY, THORNBURY ON 29 AND 30 NOVEMBER 2014. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2013 SHOW WAS PIXASH LANE, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE WESTON SUPER MARE TRAIN SHOW WILL BE HELD AT LOCKING CASTLE ON SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2014 SHOW WAS BUTTERMERE, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE WESTON SUPER MARE TRAIN SHOW WILL BE HELD AT LOCKING CASTLE ON SUNDAY 11 JANUARY 2015. AMONG THE ATTRACTIONS AT THE 2014 SHOW WAS BUTTERMERE, ABOVE. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

THE ANNUAL SHOW OF THE GLOUCESTER BRANCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC MODELLING SOCIETY WILL BE HELD AT CHURCHDOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE GL3 2JH FROM 1000 TO 1630 ON SUNDAY 10 MAY 2015.  ADMISSION 2.50 CONCESSIONS 1.00 FAMILY TICKET 5.00.

THE ANNUAL SHOW OF THE GLOUCESTER BRANCH OF THE INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC MODELLING SOCIETY WILL BE HELD AT CHURCHDOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE GL3 2JH FROM 1000 TO 1630 ON SUNDAY 10 MAY 2015.  ADMISSION 2.50 CONCESSIONS 1.00 FAMILY TICKET 5.00.

Set at the lowest natural crossing point on the River Severn, Gloucester has always been a focus for travellers and as a result both the City and County have a rich transport heritage.

First came the Romans with their roads, which evolved from the pathways of the Ancient Britons and grew into the complex of trunk roads and Motorways that we enjoy today. These roads not only allowed Welsh livestock to be driven to London but also accessed the coal, iron and timber of the nearby Forest of Dean

As the centuries passed too, the Severn was also exploited for the movement of goods, leading Queen Elizabeth I to grant the Letters Patent that made Gloucester a Port in 1580. Indeed, the trade on the Severn was so busy by the reign of Charles I that his imposition of Ship Tax helped the citizens of Gloucester decide to stand against him in the English Civil War.

fter decades of manual labour, the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal also opened in 1827, allowing the dangerous sandbanks of the river to be bypassed by ocean going vessels. The longest, widest and deepest ship canal in the World – as it was when new – also brought an abundance of timber to the Cathedral City.

After decades of manual labour, the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal also opened in 1827, allowing the dangerous sandbanks of the river to be bypassed by ocean going vessels. The longest, widest and deepest ship canal in the World – as it was when new – also brought an abundance of timber to the Cathedral City.

This in turn laid the foundation for such firms as Morelands – the "England’s Glory" match manufacturers – the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company Limited and H.H. Martyn's of Cheltenham.

From Gloucester's tradition of blacksmithery and pin making too, sprang Cotton Motorcycles and – ultimately – the Gloster Aircraft Company. Among this company's illustrious products were the Gloster E28/39. In 1941 this became the first Allied jet aircraft to fly and led directly to the development of the Meteor and Javelin fighters.

From Gloucester's tradition of blacksmithery and pin making too, sprang Cotton Motorcycles and – ultimately – the Gloster Aircraft Company. Among this company's illustrious products were the Gloster E28/39. In 1941 this became the first Allied jet aircraft to fly and led directly to the development of the Meteor and Javelin fighters.

Indeed, prior to the creation of the new counties of Avon and South Gloucestershire in 1973, Gloucestershire also embraced Parnall's of Yate and the Bristol Aeroplane Company with its omnibus building ancestry.

Prior to the creation of the new counties of Avon and South Gloucestershire in 1973, Gloucestershire also embraced the Bristol Aeroplane Company with its omnibus building ancestry.

From the latter's base at Filton, the British prototype Anglo - French Concorde first flew on 9 April 1969. With Brian Trubshaw at the controls, G-BSST landed at RAF Fairford - still a part of the transport infrastructure of Gloucestershire today and host to the annual Royal International Air Tattoo.

From the latter's base at Filton, the British prototype Anglo - French Concorde first flew in 1969. With Brian Trubshaw at the controls, G-BSST landed at RAF Fairford - still a part of the transport infrastructure of Gloucestershire today and host to the annual Royal International Air Tattoo.

Gloucestershire also boasts a rich heritage of railway operations, having been the Nineteenth Century battleground of the gauges between the factions of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and George and Robert Stephenson. As a result, the county still has direct links with Cardiff, Bristol, Swindon and Birmingham.

Indeed, Gloucestershire can also lay claim to preserved railways,horse drawn tramways, narrow gauge and miniature railways as well as a thriving model transport enthusiast community. This includes the Gloucester branch of the International Plastic Modelling Society which meets at Churchdown Community Centre on the first Tuesday of every month. For further information please contact Mr Barnfield on 01242 862826.


CHARITY CORNER

The Jet Age Museum still needs further donations to realise the opening of its new home to the public on a regular basis.  For details click on the picture above.

The Jet Age Museum still needs further donations to continue and expand the opening of its new home to the public on a regular basis.  For details click on the picture above.

Have you got a future charity event with a transport connection?  If so, then why not email me and have it considered for inclusion here!


LEFT OR RIGHT?

Until the French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century, all the World passed on the left.  This dated back to at least Roman times as it allowed marching legions to easily draw their swords and fight with their right hands unimpeded.

Until the French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century, all the World passed on the left.  This dated back to at least Roman times as it allowed marching legions to easily draw their swords and fight with their right hands unimpeded. 

However, to spite the overthrown aristocrats, Robespierre ordered all civilian and military traffic in France to move to the right and this practice spread to countries conquered by Napoleon such as Holland, Switzerland, Germany Poland and Spain.  France also influenced the practices of the nascent United States when it sent General Lafayette and several thousand troops to fight against Britain in the War of Independence.  As a result, a keep right law was passed in the new Land of The Free in 1792 although Canada remained on the left until 1920. 

Similarly, traffic in Austria went over to the right in March 1938 following the Nazi Anschluss although many European colonies and other nations throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia continue, like Britain, to drive on the left.


EXTREMELY DODGY

According to The Sun of 15 June 2013 no less than 120 000 passengers are dodging fares on Britain's railways every day - or 43 million train journeys every year - at a cost of 240 million a year to train operating companies.  A cost that has to be borne in part by honest ticket holders.  But with so many open stations and so few ticket inspectors, the risk of being caught without a ticket has never been lower.  The line from Severn Beach to Bristol, for example, is known locally as the free train line.  And a failure to collect fares has the knock on effect of train usage being under reported and strategic infrastructure projects thus not implemented.  Some of the most original excuses for not buying a ticket - as compiled by the Association of Train Operating Companies include:

"I just got out of jail and the police said I could travel for free"

"My mum's got my ticket and we buried her this morning"

"I only got on the train to use the toilet and it left while I was in there"

"I fell through the door and landed on a seat"

"I've just been getting my nails done and I'm not going to get them broken by buying a ticket"

"The bloke told me last week to buy a ticket but this week I forgot"

"The guy at the station said you don't need tickets for these trains"

"I don't need a ticket as I'm getting a lift back"

"I've never paid before so I don't see why I should pay now"

"I thought it was free on a Sunday"


"Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another."

"Take your Byron, who commemorates the defeats of Man.  Give me Bradshaw who commemorates his victories!"

G.K. Chesterton 1874-1936

"Conata Perficere [ Achieve What You Set Out To Do ]

Julius Caesar

"By God, the old man could handle a spade

Just like his old man...

But I've no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb

The squat pen rests.

I'll dig with it"

Seamus Heaney 1939 - 2013

 

"In the kingdom of the bland, the intolerant man is king"

Nick Cohen, The Observer

 

Faster than fairies, faster than witches

Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;

And charging along like troops into battle

All through the meadows, the horses and cattle:

All of the sighs of the hill and the plain

Flying as thick as the driving rain;

And ever again, in the wink of an eye,

Painted stations whistle by.

Here is the child who clambers and scrambles,

All by himself and gathering brambles;

Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;

And here is the green for stringing the dasies!

Here is a cart runaway in the road;

Lumping along with man and load;

And here is a mill, and there is a river;

Each a glimpse and gone forever!

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson 1850 - 1894

 

 

"Cattle die, kinsmen die, and so shall you die too.  But one thing I know that never dies: the fame of a dead man's deeds"

Brass plaque, Shetland Town Hall

 

 

 

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