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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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The Soft(back) Bulletin

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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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About a decade ago, I swapped 50 quid and my copy of Dungeon Petz for a Minty McMintface copy of 1829 (the one with the Southern board). Last week, a charity shop lurking on eBay - as many of them now do - put up a copy of 1829 Northern Board for the very reasonable starting price of £10.

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It held steady at that price until (of course) the last few hours of the auction, which saw my 'Highest Bid' of £25 tickled; in a panic - as I lost one of these last year - I up-ed the high bid to £80 (which is a pretty good price, I feel) - and watched the minutes tick down to the seconds tick down to zero...

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Well - it's pictured above so it's clear that I 'won' but how much of that 80 quid buffer got absorbed in the last minute frenzy? Almost NOTHING: I bagged this one for £35 plus a fiver postage. The potential catch, however - and I refer you to the pictures - was the state of the contents:

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wow

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Brittle elastic bands, several corner creases and the occasional mis-count notwithstanding...

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...I am pleased to announce that this very tidy item is verified virgo intacta! Huzzah for Charity Shops! Huzzah for a big stock of baggies!

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And the biggest Huzzah! for Mr Francis Tresham himself.

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I think the two of them need to be played as one - just the once - before being sealed in airtight cabinets for future generations in my magnificent museum: at the Gathering of Chums, anyone?!
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