the rails again. It's thanks to the many donations, dedicated enthusiasts and thousands of volunteers up and down the country who continue to keep the age of steam alive.
As a further point of interest, two former Port of Par tanker locos named "Alfred" and "Judy" have now been fully restored and are in service now at click here These were used to shunt china clay wagons around the port
Apparently the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, took inspiration from these tankers before writing his book in 1946. We all know how successful that book series became. TC.
"Apparently the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, took inspiration from these tankers before writing his book in 1946. We all know how successful that book series became."
I was always led to believe, when I lived there, that the Thomas books were all based on the Furness peninsular around Barrow-in-Furness. The Isle of Sodor was a rather extended Walney Island which has a Vickerstown (sic) and that island's next stop to the west is the Isle of Man.
The story (I can't remember which one) where an engine disappears into a mine shaft is based on a truism where an engine went down a mine shaft at Dalton-in-Furness. Local repute has it that the engine is still down there. Rather than using coal, the engine was an oil-burning one and the tanks ruptured; thus coating, and preserving, the engine.
While I lived there, people could give locations for most of the incidents in the series of books.
I'm not the world's best photographer but here is the picture I took of Tornado when it whistled up the coast of North Northumberland (just opposite Belford where I live) on its way to Edinburgh last month.It certainly brought back happy memories of happy days spent train-spotting in the 50s and 60s.......I could go on and on but I won't.
That is interesting to know, but as an 'emmett' (non Cornish person) of many years residence here, I can't honestly say which inspirational location is the correct one. Only that it is mentioned at click here
The same applies I believe to the legendary King Arthur story - Tintagel Castle here is reputed to be his place of birth but I think somewhere in Wales also lays claim to that honour. Whichever is the case, I hope it keeps the tourists happy! :o) TC.