Saturday, 6 November 2010

Out and about in the South West


In May, I visited the South West of England over a weekend. The first visit I made was to the West Somerset Railway, which has a fine collection of enamel signs on display at its stations and also rather fine graphics on the station buildings:



A 'Western' class diesel - a very elegant locomotive design by William Beresford Evans of Design Research Unit.



How a 'Deltic' diesel engine works (above right) and a desk from which things can be driven (below)


Stylish 1960s industrial design by William Beresford Evans:



More marvellous enamel signs:





Another vintage diesel locomotive, this time with bodywork by Wilkes and Ashmore.


Brutalist road junction near Bristol.



Next, I visited a vintage vehicle rally at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway.


Manchester 'Mancunian' type Leyland Atlantean.



A Wedgewood blue Triumph Herald and the pride of the Skoda Owners' Club is scrutinised.


This not to be touched 'piece of history' dates only from 1984. It makes me feel old.

Austin Allegro owner and En-ger-land supporter.


The Best of British: National Service, Enid Blyton, Ovaltine and the QE2, obviously. Well, what did you think it was?


Another Austin Allegro and a Ford Anglia van.

Smartly dressed train guard.


Finally, I paid a brief visit to the Cotswald village of Chipping Campden, made famous by its association with Joseph Ashbee's Crafts Guild:


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