Two photos taken at Ratlam, India, on 7 November 1981 that didn't make it into the article in Locomotives International (see below). On the left Broad Gauge WG 2-8-2 9380 departs for Bhopal with a stopping passenger train. On the right is some metre gauge action, with YP 4-6-2 2474 departing for Khandwa and YG 2-8-2 3243 shunting on the right.
Tim Edmonds - research interests and recent publications
I am presently researching the story and consequences of a fatal accident on a Buckinghamshire foot level crossing in 1929. Although my main research interests are in railway subjects, I have also worked on other forms of transport and have recently been investigating the history of a boat landing place at Bradley Gate (present day Blue Anchor). The results are due to be published later this year.
Some of my recent publications are:
'A 1920s Talyllyn family outing'
Narrow Gauge World
Issue 151, September 2020
Commentary on an Edmonds family holiday photo from c1927 showing private hire of a slate wagon on the Talyllyn Railway.
'Rydon Park and Sir Humphry'
Narrow Gauge World
Issue 151, September 2020
Story of the short-lived Rydon Park Railway near Holsworthy and its unusual locomotive.
'On the level at Ratlam - 1981'
Locomotives International Issue 124, May/June 2020
Illustrated article about the level crossing of a metre gauge north-south trunk line and the four-track broad gauge Mumbai-Delhi main line. The conversion of metre gauge lines to broad gauge has led to the demise of this remarkable sight.
'Only the Waves for Company'
Exmoor Review Volume 61, 2020
Suggests that R D Blackmore used Blue Anchor as the basis for the place where the young Lorna was abducted by the Doones in his novel Lorna Doone, with a comparison of the actual and fictional coast roads.
'Glimpses of Mid-Wales Steam in the 1920s and 1930s'
BackTrack Vol 33 No 8, August 2019
Captioned photographs taken by my father, with information about the photographer.
'A Bird at the Butterfly Farm'
Narrow Gauge World Issue 139, June 2019
An encounter with at a short-lived Suffolk 18in gauge railway in 1989, with information about its locomotive 'Chough' on various other railways - it is now in Canada.
'To Teignmouth for the day: a Heathcoat factory excursion from Tiverton'
Broadsheet 81, Spring 2019
Slightly revised version of article about a watercolour painting of an early railway excursion train at Teignmouth previously published in the Journal of the RCHS (see below) and with additional illustrations.
'Misty morning at Yafford Mill'
Narrow Gauge World Issue 138, May 2019
A visit to a short-lived 2ft 6in gauge railway on the Isle of Wight which used ex Ministry of Defence flame-proof locos on a short ride around a farm park.
'Detroit Michigan Central - the twilight years'
Locomotives International Issue 117, December 2018/January 2019
Train services to the once-magnificent former Michigan Central station in Detroit, from visits to the area 1983-4, shortly before the station closed. It has now been purchased by the Ford Motor Company.
'On the 18-inch at Fairbourne'
Narrow Gauge World Issue 134, October 2018
Notes on the use of an 18-inch gauge locomotive on the Fairbourne Railway in the 1920s and 1930s, with rare photos of the loco and mixed-gauge track, plus a recent photo of the locomotive concerned as a museum exhibit.
'British Military Railway work in Italy, 1917-18' in Dr Paul E Waters & J Julian Rainbow (Eds), British Military Railways Overseas in the Great War, Mainline & Maritime for
The British Overseas Railways Trust
Chapter about the little-known work of the British on military railways in Italy during the last year of the Great War, including coverage of the Thiene - Calvene Light Railway and the disposal of some narrow gauge railway equipment on an unusual industrial line in Italy after the conflict.
'The Kowloon-Canton Railway (British Section) in 1948'
The British Overseas Railways Journal No 41, Winter 2017
Article about the post-war years on the Kowloon-Canton railway in Hong Kong, based on photographs taken in 1948 by the late John Harrison when he was on National Service with the Hong Kong Signals Squadron. There is an introduction about the development of the line and a postscript on subsequent developments, including three of my own photos). This Journal appeared in May 2018, in spite of the 2017 cover date.
[Alas, some text was lost during final production after proof-checking: on page 81, the (non-)sentence that reads "After the post-war carried out to the rest." should be "After the post-war reconstruction of the railway, the WD 2-8-0s became the main motive power on the KCR(BS), being used on both passenger and goods trains. However, the low grade coal used did not suit their fireboxes and so numbers 21-5 were converted to oil firing and firebox modifications were carried out to the rest.]
'Last Days on the Futwah-Islampur Light Railway'
Locomotives International Issue 113, April/May 2018
Article about the declining years of a narrow-gauge railway in Bihar, India, illustrated with photographs taken on a visit in December 1985, shortly before the line closed.