Volume 3 Book Signings
The past two weeks have seen us undertake book signings, after dinner speeches, involvement with a local railway progress and progress on the writing of Volume 4. On April 16th we were guests of the National Railway Museum at York for an Author day signing copies of Volume 3 of the poster series. The left hand picture below shows us preparing for the day. The cover poster – Oxford by Alan Carr Linford – was taken out of its drawer in the NRM Collection to display, along with our own poster of Weobley, Herefordshire.
That evening we drove to Newcastle to give an after dinner speech at the 75th Anniversary dinner of the NE branch of the Railway Correspondence and travel Society (RCTS). This was well attended by members and their wives from all over the UK, and it gave us the chance to talk about the development of posters and their impact on our social development in the 20th century. The right hand picture shows some of the delegates to the weekend conference arriving for the event.
JDF and Associates are supporting the Portishead Railway Group in their efforts to re-open the branchline from Bristol Temple Meads to Portishead. Their website (www.portisheadrailwaygroup.org.uk) gives details of huge advances made on this project over the past few years. The line closed in September 1964, but looking at the number of people commuting every day into Bristol, clogging roads and increasing emissions, it makes perfect sense to reinstate the station and track, to reduce commuting time from an average of an hour to just 17 minutes. Within the overall project, we have floated the idea for new railway posters, having the local school children design these for inclusion on the station, whenever that may be built. Our office managers (Pure Offices, Gloucester) are also involved in media co-ordination and linkage to North Somerset County Council: (see www.pureoffices.co.uk.). It is an excellent example of a ‘Big Society’ project making a local difference.
Finally, work is steady on volume 4. Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire and Norfolk are complete and the artists’ thumbnails and the database are also ready. I am currently in the picturesque villages of Suffolk and surrounded by some wonderful railway art. Hertfordshire and Western Essex are next.