Updating steam platform football manager
COMMEMORATIONIt is with great sadness that I relay the news of the death of Edward (Ed) Chaplin who passed away at home on 21st April 2016.
Ed writes: Richard Greenwood's shot (below) of Castle class 5060 Sarum Castle in charge of what appears to be an inter-Regional train for the LM Region was taken at Leamington Spa on Easter Tuesday 1962.Born in London in 1940, Ed was just 2 years-old when his family moved to Surrey to escape the London Blitz.His interest in all things 'Great Western' began as a small boy during family trips by steam train from Paddington to visit his grandparents in Gloucester.Well, like many others, I suspect, the configuration of the WR's numerals on smokebox doors were something of an enigma; we knew what they meant, of course, but due to the high number of different codes for different workings the true identity of certain trains always remained a mystery.So I asked Ed if he would be willing to pass on the findings of his studies for the benefit of site visitors, and I am delighted he kindly agreed.Some years later he joined the Great Western Society and regularly attended their open days.
Then in 1981 he started collecting postcards of WR main line steam, many purchased from John Smith, proprietor of Lens of Sutton on Westmead Road, then a Mecca for serious students of transport.
However, such is the complexity of publishing a list of Train Reporting Numbers on the web that it was decided to split them into individual years and create a PDF for each year.
There is a good reason for this...a free PDF reader is relatively simple to download from the web, and a PDF is easy to view.
Chances are you already have one downloaded on your machine.
For example, if you click-on the arrow image (left) it will link you to downloadable PDF containing a full list of GWR Reporting Numbers for the year 1939.
However, at the beginning of the page I do need to add some overall provisos in, as some lists are not complete and might, despite considerable effort, contain errors and missing details.