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This week, another cup and saucer from a 15in gauge railway. In 1917, the old 3ft gauge Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway had been converted to a miniature railway by Narrow Gauge Railways Ltd.

The railway carried both freight in the form of granite traffic, and catered for the tourist trade of the Lake District. The new terminus at Dalegarth included a refreshment room with company marked crockery, such as this example of a cup and saucer.

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The 15in gauge Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway has been entertaining visitors since 1927, and received much publicity as the “World’s Smallest Public Railway”.

To cater for this market, souvenir items were sold including this example of a cup, saucer and plate. The image which shows a train at Dungeness is captioned ‘Coronation Limited, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, World’s Smallest Public Railway’.

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The Schull and Skibbereen Railway in County Cork used a system of train staff and paper tickets to control the single line sections. The picture shows the train staff for the Ballydehob to Skibbereen section. This had a key attached which unlocked the red wooden box containing paper tickets. These were used to authorise a train to travel over the section of line without the train staff. The staff would be carried by a following train.

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We are delighted to receive further additions to the Awdry Collection. One very special item presented recently by his family is his clerical cloak. When not being worn, Wilbert used to hang it on his study door, and we hope to be able to recreate this at the museum.

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The County Donegal Railway in Ireland issued stamps for the carriage of parcels on its network. The museum has a selection of stamps of various denominations.

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Another item associated with Talyllyn Railway locomotive No.4. A brass plate was carried for some years in memory of David Carnegie, the Earl of Northesk who died in 1963. David was an early volunteer on the railway, and was regularly pictured firing locomotive no.4. He was interviewed on its footplate as part of the 1957 BBC outside broadcast of the railway.

Despite good intentions, the plate actually wrongly describes David as the 9th Earl, when in fact he was the 11th Earl of Northesk. The second picture from the John Adams collection, taken in September 1958, shows David in his fireman’s overalls in front of No.4 with Tom Rolt on the left.