Taking a look back at rail memorabilia

18:30 06 March 2013

model railway exhibition

model railway exhibition

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At the Thorncombe Rail Activities Club February meeting, members were pleased to welcome local collector Alan Corwood who spoke on the subject of Railway Memorabilia.

Alan has a particular interest in carriage prints – those framed pictures which, in years gone by, filled the space between the seat headrest and the luggage rack in carriage compartments.

He took a number of these with him, together with a varied selection of other items from his collection.

Members were able to inspect and handle thousands of pounds worth of railway antiques, ranging from locomotive numberplates to toilet roll holders, with pretty much everything in between – cast iron notices, enamelled station signs, oil lamps, clothing, reference books and even the camera with which he took his first railway photographs many years ago.

Alan educated the club with his knowledge of the artefacts, their uses, design and manufacture and entertained members with his anecdotes regarding their acquisition and their relevance to mileposts in his life.

After all, as he stressed: “It’s all about nostalgia.”

The club has been asked recently if its Model Railway Exhibition is going ahead this year. The answer is “YES, definitely!” and it will be on Saturday, November 9. Details will be posted on the website, just Google “traclubsite”.

The next meeting is at 7.30pm, on Wednesday, March 20 in Thorncombe Village Hall, when Ian Bennett will talk about the Maurice Deane Collection – everyone welcome.

For further details tel. 01460 30428 or 01297 552280.

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