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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

A Ravensberger Pair- Railway Memories.

 Today's post, 13th February 2019, features two Ravensburger puzzles marketed as a pair, in a single box. The title for the pair, is Railway Memories.

The first puzzle (left), is titled Titfield Thunderbolt. In Alan King's painting an idyllic country village is depicted including crowds socialising at a cricket match, with picnics to the fore. Many families and 1950’s cars are included in the composition. A local train is passing close by, headed by a GWR 0-4-2 push and pull tank engine, No.1401, the same one that featured in the film Titfield Thunderbolt in 1953. The train draws attention from many villagers, especially from children. The four cars in Alan’s picture are a Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, a red 4-litre Bentley, a blue 1935 Triumph Vitesse and a Morris Minor Mini.

The second jigsaw (right),is titled Winter Service. Many passengers are pictured leaving a country station on a cold winter day carrying shopping bags and parcels. Two of the cars depicted in the first jigsaw of the duo, Titfield Thunderbolt, are also pictured in the forecourt of the station in Winter Service – the red 4-litre Bentley and the blue 1935 Triumph Vitesse. A GWR pannier tank 0-6-0 locomotive No.5043 is also prominent in the station and a forecourt tea shop adds further interest. Other human interest includes the stationmaster and engine driver having a ‘chinwag’ - Alan King is again, the artist. He included himself in the picture, identified as the young trainspotter in the beige coat and red scarf .