Quote of the week

From “Branch Line to Upwell” in the Middleton Press series of albums, describing the well known ex-Great Eastern steam (and finally diesel) tramway:

Rev. Teddy Boston, who moved to Wisbech in 1950, was a (sic) ardent railway enthusiast and often travelled on the footplate wearing his cassock and dog collar.  Charlie Rand recalled the occasion when Teddy shunted wagons into the middle siding beside Wisbech shed.  “He gave them such a wallop that they demolished the buffer-stops”.  The official explanation given to Station Master Rose was that the engine had slipped.  It would not have been in Charlie’s best interests to reveal that the Curate of St. Peter’s Church had been driving!

medium_3455766801I can remember Teddy Boston writing about his GWR layout in the Model Railway News in the late 1960’s.  But there is an added family interest as his brother, Rev. Billy Boston, was the vicar who married my parents in East Dereham in 1947.

Photo credit: Phil Parker

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Secretary of the East Surrey N Gauge railway club
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2 Responses to Quote of the week

  1. locoyard says:

    Reblogged this on Loco Yard and commented:
    An excellent anecdote from the characterful Wisbech and Upwell Tramway! You may find the following of interest too: http://locoyard.com/2013/11/24/the-wisbech-and-upwell-tramway-drawings-by-g-hastings-a-guest-contribution-from-nick-littlewood/


  2. sed30 says:

    Reblogged this on sed30's Blog and commented:
    One of my fav lines and locos


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