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A quick post today - what with work and museums and everything. Whilst on holiday, I happened upon the following 'thing' on my Internet browsings and, naturally, it got me to thinking:

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Current thoughts:
Drainage ditches? The Wash flooding, excavation like 'Trans-Oz' etc
Potatoes? Rubble cubes on 'Field' cards that 'grow' with the weather and need harvesting/delivery before they spoil.
Sugar Beet? Making use of the Event cubes, somehow, as a product that can be delivered!

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Also, in the same 'area' of the UK, the North Norfolk coastline that is close to my paternal family's history: the towns of Cromer and Sheringham as part of:

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Current thoughts:
Passengers (pink cubes) being delivered to beaches (a new type of Track card)
Building Cromer Pier
The Norfolk Broads, Bitterns and bird-spotting
If I start in Norwich, I can shoehorn something Colemans Mustard-related into the mix too!

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If you tell a group of fizzing children that on one of the days of their holiday you're going to take them on a lo-ong walk then, I'm afraid, you're going to meet some resistance. There's an arsenal of tricks to be utilized to keep them chivvied along - sweets, drinks, the promise of a toy etc - but we've also discovered that breaking that journey into sections (that can be 'ticked off' as we go) is also very effective: the walking equivalent of the Microsoft progress bar, if you will. Thus, I give you the GROSMONT RAIL TRAIL - four miles from Goathland to Grosmont and ending at the start of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway...

Leg 1: Moor Cottage --> the line of shops in the middle of the village; hang a left at that corner junction taking us down the Village Traffic Only side-road to the gate that marks the start of the GROSMONT RAIL TRAIL proper.

Leg 2: Down the long slope - spying the water treatment works through the trees - to Incline Cottage at the bottom. There is a four-way footpath split going to Mallyan Spout waterfall, deeper into the woods, ahead to Grosmont (that's us!) and right to Beck Hole and the Pub:
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Leg 3: Crossing the first stream either by the sturdy, wooden bridge OR using the huge stepping stones (the kids' favourite). Glance at the site of the original Beck Hole station halt and then onward to a brief split in the route: go ahead for a flat walk OR right - into the trees - for a clambering course running along the shore of the river.
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Leg 4: The diverging paths meet at the big river crossing - site of at least two previous bridges and a new, walkers' one. We'd lost the boys for a bit - they decided to splash about in the water for a bit - but we were soon back on track.
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Leg 5: An open stretch of cinder path with lowland to the left (foundry sites) and an ornate bridge in the middle of a sheep field (the railway passes under it, so the animals have quite the posh journey to grass!).

Leg 6: Another bridge - this time a bigger one - with huge pillars you can clamber onto from the new crossing: another diversion for adventurous children, Ziggy joined the boys on their tower. On the other side, a tunnel of trees and a shady amble passed a lone holiday cottage - we're close to the end of the trail already!

Leg 7: The terrace of cottages faces the embankment upon which sits the track and several frames of signals. A wide, cinder path runs parallel to the track giving us a glimpse of the Engine Sheds - ahead - in the distance. Rusting, electric passenger coaches from the 1950s snooze in the baking midday sun.

Leg 8: No further access to the Sheds ahead so we cut through the Kissing Gate to the rising hill path that overlooks the oily, steaming Works. We usually (mis)time the walk such that we see a train steaming back towards Goathland at this point; had we marched a little quicker and/or left 10 mins earlier, we would've been on that one - the 12.30PM!

Leg 9: We rise to the top of the path and are greeted with my favourite view:
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Leg 10: The last bit - passed the Church and the viewing platform with gardens, across the wide river and through the level crossing to Grosmont Station. We now have plenty of time to grab some lunch (and browse the bookshop) until the 13.30PM to Pickering is ready for us!

The rest of the afternoon is spent with head-out-of-window/smuts in the eye as we chuff through the bright day back to Goathland and, thence, to Newtondale Halt and Levisham and the Pickering terminus:
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Ffylingdales 'on top'

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Approaching Levisham

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Passing the 'up' service, as tokens are exchanged.

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Pickering - the end of the line - is home to a grand Turntable, a wide stock of wagons and a huge, newly-built (and still being finished off) Carriage Shed: a lot has happened since we were here two years ago!
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Goodbye (on the Return, at Goathland)

The ice-cream parlour was still open as we trudged up the hill and along the verges toward Moor Cottage: a much-appreciated treat to round off a splendid, if tiring, day.
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A Train Game Gain Again

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This kind of things snags my attention IMMEDIATELY and pushes the "I must have it!" button: so hard that it often figuratively pops out of it's metaphorical housing:

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It's not the game, it's always the art on the box...


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...and the art on the board.


A lovely addition to my now-significant Train Games Exhibit*.

As a brief sojourn into ogling another pretty box, this is all well-and-good but if I'm going to run a museum then I'm going to need a little more information...cue: this week's additional (essential) acquisition:

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Geographically, Glevum Games - makers of the above - are practically my neighbours: the locations mentioned in this biography/catalogue entirely familiar to me!

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This 500+ page tome is rich in archive materials, photographs, scans and assorted appendices BUT the history bit is remarkably sparse: very little is actually known about the Roberts brothers! For a company that operated at the height of its powers - nationally and internationally - for 60 years, the biography barely stretches to 20 pages!

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In, perhaps, the most interesting section of the Intro, there is a long discussion about how Glevum products might be identified/verified: though the 'Logo' only occasionally appeared on the box, more often than not all you'd get was a "Made in England" motif and a tell-tale 'shiny red paper-covered box'.

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Of course, nothing escapes 'credit' on a game nowadays: the publisher, the designer, the artist, the DTP operator, the bloke who tops up the ink on the print rollers, 'God' and so on. Not for us the pleasure of 'Detective work' or 'Research' or 'Just not knowing at all'!

Back to Railway Race: the book makes my heart simultaneously sing and sink because there isn't just 'one' RR product but many variations on a theme - box size, box art, box colour, map layout and player pieces. Even the print colour of the rule sheet that gets pasted on the inside of the lid can vary between editions!

And MY copy - square box, blue paper - isn't shown in the book at all!

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Of course, as a document of the output of a significant player in Household Recreation for the British Empire (!), the book taunts me as a checklist of stuff I still need to find.

*It is still a source of great bewilderment that my local heritage railway doesn't even return my emails when I offer them stock for ludological exhibition: go figure?!
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You might remember these images from the ramblechat but I include them here as a fixed document of a most-excellent afternoon out walking with pal Gerv.

We two met at Gerv's childhood home - now inherited - and traipsed through the fields at the end of the road and down to the old trackbed of the Wye Valley railway line. Just a couple of 100 yards from where'd I'd explored the previously-closed tunnel years passed, it's all opened up and re-surfaced and available for exploring!

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The other side of the 1km Tidenham tunnel - previously unseen.


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Through the trees, a glimpse of...


We were so enjoying the bright, hot mid-April weather - and chatting rather a lot - that we realised we'd walked almost to Tintern and determined to finish the job, with lunch close to the famous Abbey.

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The pitch was melting on the piles of discarded sleeper and track, great door-stops of iron tempted free retrieval and - after four hours - we were back up-and-away from the line and staring over the River Severn in a late afternoon haze: only a 10 mile round trip but, taken at a sedate and genial pace, it provided an utterly splendid four hours of restorative, physical and mental therapy!
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Found my book of railway puzzles; I had an excellent time solving this one - fancy a go yer'sen? Get a cuppa, a biscuit and a comfy chair for 30 mins or so:

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Ah! Charity shops, how I have missed thee!

What with so many folks having spent much of the Spring inside, there's been a lot of 'clearing out' and it's taken until the Autumn for those donation-devouring dust-bowls (the Charity Shops) to open their doors: finally* - after a Summer of sorting and (probably) volunteer staff issues**

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The Bible for people who revere railways over magic men in the sky; never to go anywhere without it on pain of corporate punishment.

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A reminder:
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*(just in time to close again - for the Winter - as part of the circuit-breaker lockdowns, Tier 3 wotsits and/or whatever other buzzword horseshit blister-dribble our "Government" pops and squeezes out while it pretends to give a fuck)
**(most shop helpers are of a more advanced - and Covid vulnerable - age, sadly)
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You Little Beauty!

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Another golden item from the long forgotten gaming shop of our Grandfathers' youth and it's a Chad Valley Co Ltd. treasure about trains: The Down Mail (and it's not even in the BGG database! edit: it is now...The Down Mail)

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What a GORGEOUS painting!


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An edging of locos.


Just like Fahrt ins Blaue (see late Spring/early Summer), this is a basic roll-and-mover but comes in quite the most delicate, rich and soul-easing package:

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Lovely, lovely and thrice lovely.


Teensy metal train sculpts - ever so fragile! - which I have transferred to (each) their own baggy; a die and a cup and some beguiling, shaped wooden cubes:

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The rules? Well, I can't really make much sense of them TBH: abbreviated to the point of obfuscation. And equally-incomprehensible in French.

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The board? Oddly-folded to fit in the thin box, it's a colourful treat but ever so tiny:

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Even the 'close-up' makes my old eyes ache:

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You little chuffin' beauty, you!
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's been a long time (been a long time, been a long lonely lonely lonely lonely lonely time)

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Explanation: While this train is in play, no third workers can be 'bought' from the Pub AND all excavation actions for different players must be resolved on separate cards/spaces ie. if a player is taking rubble from one card or space, the next player must take rubble from the next card/space not shared with the prior worker.

Yes - you will get weird patches of rubble appearing
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