Nailsea MRC Show 2019

Sudrian Histories had its first ever show outing at the Nailsea & District Model Railway Club’s 2019 show. My stepdad and I built the display to try and allow room for all of the creations so far, something like 25 locos! It incorporated a rotating turntable in the middle, a visual slideshow featuring info and photos of each loco and the project as well as video clips and behind-the-scenes pics, and the late addition of a stretch of 009 track upon which ‘Skarloey’ plodded up and down.

A huge thank you from me to the Nailsea MRC for having me, especially AySea and Heather. I had a wonderful time, I admit to having been nervous about the display but lots of people had nice things to say.

The Sudrian Histories Display (photo courtesy of AySea)

Thanks must also go to my fellow exhibitors who were friendly, approachable and talkative, not to mention talented! Cheers all, you made the weekend a really enjoyable one.

Nil Unquam Simile

With the Nailsea Show fast approaching, the first public outing of the NWR looms, so I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the display.
I’ve long wanted to make my own version of the NWR logo as described by Awdry, here’s my current attempt.

“Per saltire azure and vert, Two gloves argent saltirewise 
in fess a rose of Lancaster proper
1st Azure a wheel or winged of same
dexter vert a fleece argent, sinister vert a mattock argent hafted or 
base azure herrings naiant argent

Motto: “Nil Unquam Simile” 
– “There’s Nothing Quite Like It””

This was made in photoshop using lots of borrowed elements. The majority of the heraldric items came from wikipedia, for example the fleece is from this Spanish coat of arms.

The wheel is borrowed from the BR later crest

The end result is a bit flat in colour, so I grubbied it up a bit using the ‘Burn’ tool, and then overlaid a stock image of a fabric texture, set to ‘Multiply’ and with the opacity turned down. Quite pleased with it so far! No doubt it will be revised in the future but it’ll do for now.

(Shaking, Rattling) Roaring 20s

An action-packed photo here from the 1920s showing ex-TK&F No.6 leading a string of lead hoppers into the yard whilst two goods trains pass on the main line above. China clay and alumina in transit to Tidmouth, milk and fish heading east. Just visible behind No.301 is the tender of one of the ex-ROD locos lending banking assistance out of the steeply graded docks branch.

The mighty air-braked hopper wagon is also visible. This was designed to be attached to passenger trains for the uphill run to Toryreck, but rendered obselete when Knapford (Harbour) station closed to passengers.

What’s in a name?

The trends of my naming conventions are rough but follow a sort of convention. This is meant to reflect changing attitudes and preferences in the management of the NWR, and how they want to present themselves.

I’ve added notes below in italics to explain the thinking behind each era.

Passenger/Mixed traffic locos

Manx/Sudrian authors, poets, notable historical figures – mainly locos that were there when the NWR was formed 1915-1920
e.g. Edward Faragher, Thomas Allen
*William Montagu is the exception to this, having arrived in 1931. Maybe it took the name of a scrapped loco?

The newly formed NWR, providing at long last a fixed link to mainland England, wanted to establish itself as devotedly Sudrian and to not represent ‘mainland control’ over the island, which has always been fiercely resisted. As such, locos present in 1915 were often named after local Manx and Sudrian heroes and notable people.

Sudrian legendary figures – 1920s-1930s
e.g. Thorkell, Sigrid, Godred Crovan, Thorfinn the Mighty

Similarly, the NWR wanted to celebrate Sodor and Man’s history and legendary tales.

Contemporary Sudrians – 1930s-1940s
e.g.Sir Albert Regaby, Rebecca Qualtrough,
*Colonel Henry Regaby is an exception, the loco having been named in 1915, however the second loco continued the tradition in 1935

During the 1930s, the depression hit. There was a need to remind the populace that people such as themselves could make a difference, and not just characters from legend. The war brought a renewed sense of national pride and a will to celebrate the efforts and sacrifice of local people.

Sudrian Icons (buildings, landmarks etc,) – 1950s
e.g. Suddery Cathedral

The post-war period was marked by a will to build a new society, and the management very much wanted to be a part of this, while retaining a sense of Sudric Pride.

Goods locos (most railways did not name goods locos, but this one does, and it lines them out!)

Warships built at Barrow – large locos
e.g. Revenge, Illustrious, Triumph

Courting business from Vickers-Armstrong, the NWR was a railway born in the fires of war and owed its existence to it.

Submarines built at Barrow – small locos
e.g. Perseus, Proteus

Electric locos (1500v DC working the Peel Godred line)

Sudrian geographical features – 1920s-1930s

e.g. Corloey, Dubbhyn Moar

Peel Godred had long been neglected and naming the locos after local landmarks which in turn gave the railway the hydro-electricity it needed seemed an obvious choice!