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Alternative West Country and Friends
« on: October 16, 2018, 12:36:17 AM »
Hi all,

For those not in the know there are a few of us on here who have 'through runnings' from layout to layout, each member having some of the same wagons and/or coaches. There are often back stories as to various scenarios with pics to accompany the story accordingly.

As this has increased I, and I'm sure some others, have lost track of who's who and where's where so I have decided to compile a list of PO wagon liveries and the fictional characters from the various layouts as an easy reference point.

These can be amended so please feel free to add anything and more importantly correct me where I have gone wrong. I'll put question marks where not sure or I've forgotten, leave blanks that need to be filled etc.

Once you have posted any corrections or additions I will let you know that I have corrected or added them and then you can remove your post so that the thread doesn't get cluttered.


PO WAGON LIVERIES-


LAYOUT - CANT COVE (and PENMAYNE) (CORNWALL) (Chris in Prague) (Chris)

Dark Blue                            Castle Brewery
Light Blue                            Castle Estates
Satin Orange                        North Cornwall Pasty Co.

LAYOUTS - PORT PERRAN/TREPOL BAY/TREGONNING (CORNWALL) (Port Perran) (Martin)

Dark Brown/Black with
Gold flash                            Headland Brewery
Terracotta                            James and Sons (Granite Merchants)
Dark Green                          Messrs. Prish & Jones (Fruit & Veg Wholesalers)
Red                                     Port Perran Timber Merchants

LAYOUT - OFF ON A JOURNEY. THE DEPARTURE  (WITHY JUNCTION)  (SOMERSET) (Mito) (Brian)

Apple Green                         Sam's Cider
Purple/Red                           Creech Brewery

LAYOUT - THE TORA BORA LINE (DEVON) (Dizz) (Pete)

Sign written                         Red Spinnaker Rum (Brixham, Devon)
Sign written                         Castor and Furzeham Shellfish & Fish (Brixham, Devon)


FICTIONAL CHARACTERS -


LAYOUT - CANT COVE (and PENMAYNE) (CORNWALL) (Chris in Prague) (Chris)


THE CHELSEA GIRLS AND FRIENDS & RELATIONS:

Sylvia (Trevelver) (big, brown eyes, long brunette / sometimes dyed auburn hair)
Eli (Elayne Guillou) - originally long, sometimes short, auburn hair
'Big' Belinda (blonde), round face
Suzi (long, dark wavy blonde hair, brown eyes),
Monique, French model (brunette)
Jenny (blonde),
Angela (curly, longhaired brunette) -- very methodical; the organiser
Amanda, new.

Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador, the dashing Royal Navy Captain (Sylvia's 'squeeze')
Giles Roskrow, the Chelsea wine and spirits importer (ex-SAS)

George Trevelver (older brother of Sylvia, reprobate; German hippy wife, Brigita; publisher of the risque 
                          gentlemen's magazine, "Avant". Manages a pop group, 'Caligula's Ass'


Lord Charles Trevelver (owner of Castle Estates)
Lady Penelope Trevelver (owner of Castle Estates)
Alfie Curnow (deceased)
Mrs. Curnow 'Nursie' (Sylvia's former nanny)
Jenkins  (Head Butler)
Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador  (Naval Officer and Sylvia's boyfriend)
George Trevelver  (Sylvia's brother)
Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart
William Wickham (AKA 'The Fat Controller)
Keneder Treskerby (Stationmaster Cant Cove) (RN, retired, ex Commander)

Admiral Tregowan  (Naval Officer)
Madern (Lucky) Pennec (bighead) (Railway Hotel chef)
Alan Poldory  (Thief/Con Man)
Lawrence Andrew Poldory (known as Larry or Andy) (Alan's brother)
Detective (DC) Rule
Detective (DCI) Snapper

Dr. WHO  (himself)
Susan  (the Doctor's Granddaughter)
Marielle Kebriant  (CIWL represetative)
Colonel Lethbridge Stewart
Lady Penelope
Brandon Williams  (Castle Estates top salesman)

Marrek Prowse  (General Manager Castle Estates)
Sir Mortimer Wheeler  (AKA Naughty Morty)
John Prynne  (official photographer and Chief accountant of Castle Estates)
George Enderby (engineer)
Craig Avery (pilot)

Lucy Kennally (founder of Cornish Fancies, producer of cakes and pastries, subsidiary of
                     the North Cornwall Pasty Company)


LAYOUTS - PORT PERRAN/TREPOL BAY (CORNWALL) (Port Perran) (Martin)

Lord Poldain  (Port Perran Manor)
Lady Poldain
Jim Ellis  (reporter Western Morning News)
Dave Partridge  (photographer WMN)
Alan and Larry/Andy Poldory  (notable villains hailing from Wadebridge)
Sgt Arthur Triggs  (Bodmin Police) (Cornish RFU official)
William Wickham (AKA 'The Fat Controller')

DI Rule
DI Dave Skinner  (Truro CID)
Sgt Tom Reynolds  (Summercourt Police Station)
Tom Tridinnick  (Landlord Station Hotel, Trepol Bay)
Alice Tridinnick  (Landlady Station Hotel, Trepol Bay
Michael Pronin  (Head Chef Station Hotel, Trepol Bay)

Sir David Antrobus  (Chairman Headland Brewery)
Lady Rosemary Antrobus
Bob Orr  (Head Brewer Headland Brewery)
Tom Tonkiss  (Guard based at Truro)
George Tehidy  (Dep Regional Manager BR - SW)
Ted Williams  (loco driver North Cornwall)
David Rule  (Ted's Foreman)

Johnny Pettifer  ('Dodgy John' notorious car dealer from Wadebridge)
Alf Harris  (bait digger at Hayle)
Mrs Trevanyon  (Farmer's wife from Sands Farm, Port Perran)
Nancy Polkinghorne  (Landlady Cornish Arms, Port Perran)
Dennis Steele  (young trainspotter, Port Perran)
Lady Constance Triliever  (Chairwoman Truro Chamber of Commerce)
George Enderby (engineer)

Sir Alan Walton-Parfitt
Lady Celia Walton-Parfitt
Eddie Bligh (locomotive engineer)
Davie Thomas (locomotive fireman)
Andrew Parks (Guard Trepol Bay)


LAYOUT - TREGONNING (CORNWALL) (Port Perran) (Martin)

Lord Oliver Trevarnon  (Tregonning House)
Lady Emily Trevarnon
Albert Treleigh  (landlord of the Railway Inn)
PC Andrew 'Cracker' Jacobs  (young PC)
Mrs. Baggs  (local gossip)
Roger James  (Stationmaster)


LAYOUT -WADEBRIDGE MPD and WEST JUNCTION (CORNWALL) (Port Perran) (Martin)

Jago Pascoe  (Landlord of 'The Withered Bough' Public House
Morwenna Pascoe  (Jago's wife and Landlady of 'The Withered Bough' PH)
Wilf Wordsworth  (Railway Shed Cleaner)
Eddie Bligh  (Celebrated local Engine driver)
Davie Thomas  (Eddie's young fireman)
Lizzy (runs the Wadebridge station refreshment counter and Davie's girlfriend)

Arthur Angove (Shedmaster, Wadebridge)
Bill Truscott (Yardmaster, Wadebridge)
Sandy Penduckett (Signalman, Wadebridge West Box)
Neamiah Treskerby (Signalman)




LAYOUT - OFF ON A JOURNEY. THE DEPARTURE (WITHY JUNCTION) (SOMERSET) (Mito) (Brian)

Sir Horace Speakman Court  (Withy House)
Lady Alice Speakman Court
Hugh Pocock Hillary  (Owner of Sam's Cider)
Peter Creech  (Creech Ales)
Penny Creech  (Peter's wife)
Stephen Millards  (Mid Somerset Trading)
Wendy Millards  (Stephen's wife)


LAYOUT - THE TRAIN SHED PROJECT - MARTON HINMARCHE (SOUTH MIDLANDS) (Innovationgame) (Laurence)

Baron Toby Tiverton  (Beresford Hall)
Lady Annabelle Tiverton  (Toby's wife)
Bill Wilson  (Head Butler Beresford Hall)
Heather Wilson  (Housekeeper Beresford Hall, Bill's wife)
Wally Percival  (chef at the Interrogative Seven restaurant)
Alun Peacock  (as above)

Biddles  (Baron Tiverton's chauffeur)
Don Bolton  (local antiques dealer who has an extravagant disco)
Daulton Downton  (local architect)
Antoinette Downton  (Daulton's wife)
Duncan Hardy  (local electonics wizard who built all Don Bolton's disco equipment)
Doctor HOW  (one of the interrogative seven)

Anglika Smythe   (the manager(ess) of the Dinsdale Arms)
Anne-Marie  (the principal barmaid of the 'White Antelope' PH)
Frank Kitchen  (Wally's sous-chef)
Marcus and Julius  (Baron Tiverton's two sons)


LAYOUT - PERTHSHIRE RAILWAY PRESERVATION SOCIETY (SCOTLAND) (Milton Rail) (Andrew) 

Colin Thane (Station Master, Muthill)
Ally McAteer (Tullibardine Distillery Marketing Manager)
Brian Ranch  (Timber Merchant)
Walter Nuttall  (Timber Merchant)

Blackford Petroleum

CEO - Caitlin Barkle (whose ancestry puts her roots in St Agnes)
Garage Manager - Ralph Milne
Refinery Manager - Billy McKinlay

Tullibardine Distillery

Head Distiller - Peter McPhail

Notable characters

Jim Finch - gentleman farmer, general lush, philanderer & racehorse owner

Rusty Ryan - made his fortune as part of the Ocean gang (depcited in the films Ocean 11, 12 etc.) ... now a reformed character and living a quiet life in rural Perthshire, owns the Tullibardine Hotel and keeps himself busy running his scrapyard.


LAYOUT - PORT REGLEUN IV - A new hope (BRITTANY, FRANCE) (weave) (Chris)

Didier and Jean-Paul (SNCF station pilot loco crew)
Marielle Kebriant  (CIWL Representative)
Jean-Luc Gwiad  (Owner of the Hotel Gwiad and Marielle's cousin)
Jagu (breton version of Jacques) Gwiad  (Jean-Luc's much younger brother, trainspotter and photographer)
Deniel Jégou  (Owner of La Cidrerie bar)
Lukaz Seznec  (Owner of the local Seznec Cider Orchard Farm)
Loana Seznec  (Lukaz's wife)
Perig Pelan  (full time farm worker Seznec Farm)


THREAD NAME - PRINCIPAT d'IZARO (BETWEEN FRANCE and SPAIN) (weave) (Chris)

José Maria de La Vega  (Mayor of San Cristofol)
Sofia de La Vega  (daughter of José)
Xurde Valdez  (Mayor of Tutera)

LAYOUT - SANT PAU de MAR (only layout on the above thread) (weave) (Chris)

Pedru Valdez  (son of Xurde, co owner and head chef of the El Gaitero restaurant)
Catala Valdez  (daughter of Xurde, co owner and manageress of the El Gaitero restaurant)
Fermin Muguruza  (co owner and lapsed bar manager of the El Gaitero restaurant/fisherman)
Rae Anne  (Canadian tourist and possible future girlfriend of Fermin)

Caterina Abelló
Nuria Abelló (Caterina's sister)
Aina Cordona

(Best friends from school and now great friends of Catala Valdez)

Nicolau Cordona (Aina's brother and Nuria's boyfriend)
Esteve Roig (Aina's boyfriend)

(Owners of the 'Gos Blau' beach bar and boat hire)

Luis (schoolboy, train fan and not very good amateur photographer)
Pascual (Station Master Sant Pau de Mar)
Raphael Courtois (SNCF driver and Caterina's boyfriend)
Unai (Fermin's cousin, owner of orchards and sheep farm in the hills producing cider and ewe's cheese)
Lluc (Unai's farm worker)
Leire (pronounced lay-ree, No.1 ewe)

Miguel (Miki) Luz (dodgy guy from Portugal who turns up now and again)


LAYOUT - WEST PORTHSEA (CORNWALL) (cornish yorkie) (Derek)

(Characters to be introduced)


LAYOUT - THE TORA BORA LINE (DEVON) (Dizz) (Pete)

Lord Neil Churston
Lady Cherie Churston (owners of the Churston Manor and the estate.  Family major shareholders in the original
                                building of the branch line through Churston before being absorbed into the GWR. 
                                Renowned Gundog breeders and trainers, have bred numerous Show Champions, Field
                                Champions and recently one dog was made up to achieve their first Full Champion title)
Brian Wills  (Estate manager)
Lionel Douglas  (Estate Gamekeeper and gun dog trainer)

Sam Gibson  (proprietor of the White Horse Hotel and several other Guest Houses in the area)
Dame Anthia Crystal  (Romantic fiction author and philanthropist lives near Churston)

Henry Woolston  (Station Master Churston)
Bob Cooper aka “Mini”   (Booking Clerk Churston)
John Walker aka “Whisky”   (Signalman Churston)
Peter Williams  ( Driver Brixham Branch (14xx, 45xx, 57xx, 64xx))
Paul Fraser  (Fireman Brixham Branch)

Harry Frampton   (Red Spinnaker Rum Distillery owner)
Pat Blunt  (Local wheeler-dealer, finger in lots of pies, activities on the limit of legality but he has never been
               caught out)
Stuart Young  (Owns a fleet of 5 Trawlers.  Maintained by own in-house Marine Engineering department which
                     takes on second party work. Rail delivery of supplies and materials to Brixham)
Andrew Passmore  (Coal Merchant, PO siding Brixham Goods yard)
Paul Caunter  (Station Master Brixham)

Roger Green  (Booking Clerk Brixham)
Fred Bell aka “Dinger”  (Signal man Brixham)
Mick Hatten  (Town bakery and catering franchises Brixham and Churston Stations)
Jim Goodall  (Taxi/Bus proprietor)
Sally Carter  (Express Dairy Eggs Marketing manager)


LAYOUT - KNOTMORE STREET (BIRMINGHAM) (railsquid) (Ian)

Sir Gordon Knott  (owner of Knott Industries (a Black Country metalbashing empire and world leader in
                           high-quality gubbins) and leading light in the West Midlands Great Western Preservation Society
                           (WMGWPS, or "Wumgwups" as it is informally known)


BRITISH RAILWAYS COACHING STOCK CODES

http://britishrailways.info/coaching_stock_codes.htm


Hope helps. Updates soon.

Cheers weave  :beers:







« Last Edit: August 09, 2019, 08:44:33 AM by weave »

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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 12:39:22 AM »
Hi all,

Okey dokey. Looks like it's going to happen.

Now, it's going to cost the taxpayer millions of pounds and take years to finalise, oh no sorry, that's something else I'm working on at the moment :D.

Seriously, any ideas the best way to do it?

It occurred to me using a shared online spreadsheet with Google Documents might be an easy way for everyone to keep their lists up-to-date.

I don't have much in the way of locomotives in common, apart from the "Green Dragon", but do have a fair amount of coaching stock suitable for through-running.
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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2019, 11:26:52 AM »
Many thanks to all. I have all my locos. and diesel units in a spreadsheet and all my coaches. I have a text file, too, where I try to keep track of who has what coaches plus goods rolling stock, too. When I have some free time, I'll try to upload at least the locos. (However, many are away being DCC-fitted and / or detailed.)

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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2019, 09:06:52 PM »
I'd like to query David Tridinnick  (Landlord Cornish Arms, Port Perran) as I thought the "Cornish Arms" had a landlady and Tridinnick is also the surname of Tom Tridinnick  (Landlord Station Hotel, Trepol Bay) and Alice Tridinnick  (Landlady Station Hotel, Trepol Bay).

Lady Penelope is the current Lady Trevelver.

The "Castle Estates" is located at Trevelver Castle at the end of a goods only (private passengers have been known to be in conveyed in various four-wheeled rail vehicles and the recently upgraded track can now take short bogie vehicles) "Castle" branchline from Cant Cove, near Wadebridge Cornwall, and is involved in producing, processing and marketing a wide range of agricultural produce. Associated with it, but still an independent company, is the "Castle Brewery" (a founder member of the Alliance of West Country Breweries; the Trevelvers are minority shareholders) which began as the castle's domestic brewery in medieval times. Another associated (the Trevelvers are also minority shareholders), but independent, company is the "North Cornwall Pasty Co." of Penmayne (the terminus of the line from Wadebridge via Cant Cove).

There are close trading and marketing relationships with other companies in Cornwall. These include: the "Headland Brewery", Port Perran (another founder member of the Alliance of West Country Breweries); James & Son Ltd, Granite Merchants, Port Perran; and Messrs Prisk & Jones (Fruit & Vegetable Wholesalers), Trepol Bay. There are others, such as a timber merchants and sawmill company at Port Perran, and a wagon repairers at Trepol Bay. (I'm sure that the landlady of the "Cornish Arms", Port Perran, can supply the details.)

In Somerset, there is the "Creech Brewery" and "Sam's Cider" plus, in Dorset, "Gunnings Brewery", Britminster, which are also members of the Alliance of West Country Breweries which aims to reduce costs (buying in barley, etc.), improve marketing (inc. cross-distribution of products) and, generally, enhance products and competitiveness whilst maintaining independence in the face of Whitbread's 'umbrella' expansion into the Southwest!

There is, of course, far more to tell such as the owners and principal directors of the advertising firm of Trevelver and Guillou (Wadebridge and London), alias our good friends, leading "Chelsea Girls", Sylvia and Eli who help these companies with advertising, branding, and marketing advice.

CANT COVE PEOPLE:

LORD AND LADY TREVELVER (Sylvia's parents)

Lady Penelope, of Trevelver Castle, high above Cant Cove. Her husband being Sir Charles.

Lord and Lady Trevelver, are the principal owners of the "Castle Estates" and minority shareholders in the "Castle Brewery" and the "North Cornwall Pasty Co."

Sylvia's beloved old Cornish widowed nanny, 'Nursie', from Fowey, who married the [nameless, at present] former regular driver of the 14XX, 1419, on the autotrain to / from Lostwithiel (on which 'Nursie' often took Sylvia when she was very small) who looks after the train crew as well as the "Girls" on trips but, unfortunately, is rather deaf and can fall asleep in the loudest bar.

CANT COVE & TREVELVER CASTLE FAMILY SEAT

The actual castle, Trevelver Castle, will be a very small low-relief model on the skyline. I'll scratchbuild it partly based on Stokesay Castle. It's the home of the very wealthy local landowners, (a 19th century ancestor married a Peruvian heiress who inherited rich mines there) and the family were the prime movers of the Bodmin to Cant Cove (and, later Penmayne) Railway in response to the Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway.
 
The current Lady of the Castle, Penelope, is the model for Lady Penelope of "Thunderbirds" fame and is famous for hosting parties in both the family's beautiful Chelsea townhouse (so convenient for Waterloo and the 1AM overnight Newspaper and Passenger train with its Penmayne portion) as well as Trevelver Castle where the respective Chairmen of the BRB, SR, and WR all became close friends and she and her bon viveur husband, Lord Charles, are able to lobby to keep most of the "Withered Arm" not only open post-1963 but the Bodmin-Wadebridge to Penmayne section upgraded and linked by through trains to BOTH Paddington and Waterloo! (Hence the brand new SR Green Mark 2 First Corridor (FK) newly allocated to Penmayne for Waterloo expresses which Pauline converted for me). Lady Penelope's (G)WR enthusiast husband was able to lobby the North Cornwall Council (of which he is, surprise surprise, Chairman) to subsidise the remaining passenger train services and, most importantly, their promotion. Sir Charles is the Honorary Chairman of the local Supporters Club which cleans the ex-SR and ex-GWR locos used on summer services and pays for their coal delivered in GWR bogie and 4-wheeled wagons (which I have) from Somerset. (Hence, Penmayne loco. depot still services SR steam until the end in July 1967.)

Finally, the local brewery, which is the former Trevelver Castle Brewery, and justly famous for its award-winning Cornish ales, has also invested in continuing services both passenger and freight to distribute its local ales (via Cant Cove yard), as well as having a reciprocal arrangement with, among other breweries, Messers Bass Worthington to distribute theirs locally for all the thirsty summer tourists from the Midlands and North!

Their vivacious daughter, Sylvia, (I have a model of her on her Vespa scooter) organises summer pop concerts in the extensive Castle grounds (which brings in more rail-borne excursion traffic) as she knows all the famous British groups of the 1960s from the family's infamous Chelsea parties. Sylvia first worked in leading advertising agency, S H Benson Ltd., whilst her 'black sheep' brother, Gerald, runs the notoriously easy-going "Rock Restaurant" in Porthilly Cove, Penmayne, with his German model girlfriend, Brigitta, where the pop groups dine. (The German connection comes from the current Lord of the Castle, Sir Charles, who was a senior army officer in T-Force in North Germany at the end of WW2 where, through a chain of 'curious' events, in 1945, he 'liberated' a German railborne mobile crane which is now used in Penmayne Harbour [a lovely old Minitrix DB model], he being, of course, the Chairman of Penmayne Harbour Co.!

Sylvia's 'beau', Jeremy Corentyn Cador, the dashing naval captain (a VERY frequent guest at Trevelver Castle and often to be found conversing in her father's study with Lord Trevelver and the Head Butler, Huw Jenkins, for unknown, to her, reasons) is a cousin of one of the directors of the Shepherd Neame brewery, with which the "Castle" and "Headland" breweries also have a cross-trading agreement.

Cant Cove & Trepol Bay people: George Enderby, Brandon Williams, Marrek Prowse

George Enderby is the shy engineering genius who came up with the original design concept for the 15ft. Extra-Long Wheelbase goods stock which is proving such a success on the West Country "Fast Freight Network" (the now unknown, outside the SW, predecessor to BR's much later "Speedlink" concept). What is known is that he was one of the very best apprentices at Swindon Works rapidly rising to be a key member of the team that developed the excellent B4 passenger coach bogie before such Research and Development work was, to very considerable local disgust, taken away from Swindon and centralised at BR's new Derby Research Centre. He had also been involved in research into the rail-wheel interface prompted by the discovery that SWB goods stock derailed at anything above moderate speeds on Continuously Welded Rails (CWR). However, rather than move to Derby, he took early retirement back to his home town of Trepol Bay where he became the highly respected General Manager of the local Wagon Works. A regular of Trepol Bay's renowned "Station Hotel" where he sits at his reserved corner table doing the most difficult newspaper crosswords (rumour is that he also composes some) he became friendly with the "Castle Estates" top salesman, Brandon Williams, who makes it his business to know everyone and everything of interest. Brandon, in turn, introduced him to Marrek Prowse, the General Manager of the "Castle Estates", who then recommended him to the Alliance for Cornwall's Railways (ACR) where he came up with the design of the advanced, high-capacity Extra-Long Wheelbase goods stock. As BR proved uninterested (the "Not Invented Here" syndrome), the ACR contracted several firms of private wagon constructors to produce them, in Cornwall, Devon, and Somerset.

As mentioned already, he is a regular at the "Station Hotel", Trepol Bay, sometimes sitting at the corner of the bar quietly chatting to the landlord and his wife, Tom and Alice Tridinnick, or pondering over his favourite "Times" crossword and nursing a pint of his favoured summer tipple of Headland Brewery "Summer Lightning".

Everyone just knows of him as the 'Wagon Man'. Whenever he visits Cant Cove or Trevelver Castle, both of which are very rare occurrences, he is always treated with the utmost respect and "The Station Hotel", Cant Cove, has standing orders from the "Castle Estates" and "Castle Brewery" that anything he wishes to eat or drink is 'on the house' but he always eats and drinks very modestly.

CASTLE ESTATES MANAGERS

Marrek Prowse, the General Manager of the "Castle Estates".

The "Castle Estates" top salesman, Brandon Williams, (also working, on commission, for the Alliance of West Country Breweries, "Sam's Cider", North, West, and South Cornwall rail-served businesses; plus, outside Scotland, "Tullibardine" single-malt whisky, as a business 'hunter').

Cant Cove's official photographer, John Prynne, is the Chief Accountant of the "Castle Estates". He has an attractive [as yet nameless] female assistant.

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Walter John, the renowned and highly respected Cornish sausage manufacturer based in Blackwater near Truro prepares something very special for festivals whilst Harry Rule, of the Cornish Cider Farm at Penhallow, prepares barrels of extra strong Cornish Golden Delicious.

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Marielle and Jean-Luc and CIWL Pullman "Star of the West" train.

The four which make up our imaginary CIWL Pullman "Star of the West" / 'L'etoile de l'Ouest', Brittany - Cornwall (via the West Porthsea Quay - Regleun train ferry) are: LIMA CIWL Sleeping Car 4787, LIMA 320333 Blue and White CIWL Pullman 4161, LIMA 320304 Blue CIWL Dining Car 3360, and LIMA Blue CIWL Voiture Salon 4162.

Marielle Kerbriant, Jean-Luc's tri-lingual (Breton, French, and English) Breton cousin, is the newly appointed SW England CIWL representative, and works with fellow Breton, Eli and Sylvia to publicise the CIWL Pullman "Star of the West" / 'L'etoile de l'Ouest', Britanny - Cornwall (via the West Porthsea Quay - Regleun train ferry) service, also finds Giles, very charming. Eli and Sylvia have added Marielle to their party so that she can promote the CIWL "Pullman" service to well-heeled folk planning a holiday in Cornwall and / or Brittany. Marielle has ordered a consignment of best Breton artisan cidre to be transported by Ferry Van directly for the coming festival.

Monique (the Parisienne "Chelsea Girl") is very good friends with the charming, Jean-Luc, who is the manager of the CIWL Workshop at Ostende, Belgium.

The CIWL General Manager (who is Monique's father's older brother) is an old friend of Lady Penelope Trevelver from her days as a 'deb' (debutante).
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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2019, 08:43:14 AM »
Thanks, Chris (Weave) and Martin. My apologies for not having the time to better format the info.

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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2019, 10:07:16 AM »
I will leave Cant Cove's sheep and goats for another time . . .

However, an important Cant Cove addition is Craig Avery who is notorious for flying very low over the River Camel in his Tiger Moth biplane. He is a retired Hollywood stunt pilot trained by Albert Paul Mantz (August 2, 1903 – July 8, 1965), known as Paul Mantz, a noted air racing pilot, movie stunt pilot and consultant from the late 1930s until his death in the mid-1960s. Fortunately, Cant Cove's official photographer, John Prynne, Chief Accountant of the "Castle Estates" is well used to Craig's flying.
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Re: Alternative West Country and Friends
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2019, 04:42:06 PM »
A few more small additions / amendments, please, Chris (Weave):

The Breton chef at "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, is Madern (lucky) Pennec (big head).

THE CHELSEA GIRLS AND FRIENDS & RELATIONS:

Sylvia (Trevelver) (big, brown eyes, long brunette / sometimes dyed auburn hair)
Eli (Elayne Guillou) - originally long, sometimes short, auburn hair
'Big' Belinda (blonde), round face
Suzi (long, dark wavy blonde hair, brown eyes),
Monique, French model (brunette)
Jenny (blonde),
Angela (curly, longhaired brunette) -- very methodical; the organiser
Amanda, new.

Captain Jeremy Corentyn Cador, the dashing Royal Navy Captain (Sylvia's 'squeeze')
Giles Roskrow, the Chelsea wine and spirits importer (ex-SAS)

George (older brother of Sylvia, reprobate; German hippy wife, Brigita; publisher of the risque gentlemen's magazine, "Avant". Manages a pop group, 'Caligula's Ass'.

Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart will be another note.

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« Reply #7 on: February 23, 2019, 05:42:22 PM »
Andrew will need to check / amend these.

Two of the Perthshire guests from Milton Wood, a local timber merchant, Bryan Ranch and Walter Nuttall (locally known as "Walnut" on account of his name),
From Tullibardine Distillery: Marketing Manager, Aly McAteer, Head Distiller, Peter McPhail.
From Blackford Distillery: CEO, Caitlin Barkle.
Refinery manager, Billy McKinlay.

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« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2019, 05:44:29 PM »
Various assorted Cornish characters nominated by Martin, previously. Some of these are already listed, I think.

Sergeant Arthur Triggs, a well-respected local police officer and official of the Cornish RFU
Jim Ellis and Dave Partridge of the “Western Morning News”

Lord and Lady Poldain of Port Perran Manor
Sir David and Lady Rosemary Antrobus-Chairman of the Headland Brewery
The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall: Sir Alan Walton-Parfitt and his wife Celia.

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« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2019, 11:15:50 AM »
The name of the 'Fat Controller' is William Wickham. Despite his public school education, as was usual for future railway management, William, who is a skilled engineer with a depth of knowledge in matters civil and mechanical, was apprenticed with Sir William Stanier at the Great Western Railway's Swindon works, which gave him a great and abiding love of all things Great Western. Meeting a local girl while on holiday, in Brixham, Devon, William was delighted to be promoted to a series of management positions at BR's Plymouth HQ which enabled the married couple to move from Swindon. Due to his enjoyment of good food and drink (his wife being a trained Cordon Bleu chef), he soon acquired his nickname. He is respected as being very firm but fair in all his judgements.

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« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2019, 08:48:36 AM »
Thanks Chris, Colin Thane is duly appointed Station Master at Muthill  :)

Other characters on the PRPS include:

Blackford Petroleum

CEO - Caitlin Barkle (whose ancestry puts her roots in St Agnes)
Garage Manager - Ralph Milne
Refinery Manager - Billy McKinlay

Tullibardine Distillery

Head Distiller - Peter McPhail

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Jim Finch - gentleman farmer, general lush, philanderer & racehorse owner

Rusty Ryan - made his fortune as part of the Ocean gang (depcited in the films Ocean 11, 12 etc.) ... now a reformed character and living a quiet life in rural Perthshire, owns the Tullibardine Hotel and keeps himself busy running his scrapyard.

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2019, 10:43:43 AM »
G'day alternative friends :)

I am slowly producing the the Tullibardine Whisky Vans (still not entirely happy with how the transfers are working on the Trix Shoc Vans though).... i have 3 so far and from the vans sent to me by CiP over the past year or so, I have 6 in total in the production line (I had thought to give them all the running number 5, though I don't suppose that really matters) ....

The question is.... where do they need to be sent to?

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2019, 11:03:14 AM »
G'day alternative friends :)

I am slowly producing the the Tullibardine Whisky Vans (still not entirely happy with how the transfers are working on the Trix Shoc Vans though).... i have 3 so far and from the vans sent to me by CiP over the past year or so, I have 6 in total in the production line (I had thought to give them all the running number 5, though I don't suppose that really matters) ....

The question is.... where do they need to be sent to?

Many thanks, Andrew. A new alternative (not previously available) would be the NGS kit Vanwide VEA vans as they have smoother sides but, then, someone would have to build them. I'll PM you the addresses. There is, apart from you and I (so that's 2), Brian (Mito), Laurence, Martin, and Pete. I don't know if John wants one as they are BR era vans? There are also several others, like Keith, who might be interested. I do have a couple of spare Minitrix BR Grey Shoc Vans and can look for more on eBay?
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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2019, 12:23:15 PM »
Thanks Chris, I was going to look at alternative ones, I think I have some of those NGS kits too (was also going to see how the Peco ones looked).  I have a few spares so can experiment

I think I have a couple more of the Minitrix ones too that I can donate to the pool

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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2019, 12:29:51 PM »
Thanks Chris, I was going to look at alternative ones, I think I have some of those NGS kits too (was also going to see how the Peco ones looked).  I have a few spares so can experiment

I think I have a couple more of the Minitrix ones too that I can donate to the pool

A very limited variety of types of vans would look good on your layout. The Minitrix vans would look better with vacuum brake hoses added. (I think the cylinders are already part of the moulded underframes?) The old Graham Farish ex-LNER flat-sided vans could be another alternative but would, again, require vacuum braking. The Peco Standard vans would have the same problems for transfers as the Minitrix ones. The flat-sided Peco vans would need the steam-heating fittings on the ends removing. The Vanwides would be a good alternative / addition, though. Having all the Minitrix ones with '5' on the side shouldn't be a problem.

 

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