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George Barlow Collection
George Albert Barlow was born in Nottingham in September 1916 and developed a life-
After his initial military training, George served on the Melbourne Military Railway (a ten-
On his return to civilian life in 1946, George was unable to settle back in his old job as a proof reader and sought an opening as a loco driver. By now, he was too old to join any of the ‘Big Four’ companies and, having responded to an advertisement in the Model Engineer magazine for a “driver for a famous miniature railway” but having failed to get a reply, he wrote to the General Manager of the 15-
George’s original locomotive was Southern Maid but after a very short period, he took over Green Goddess – a locomotive with which he was to be associated for over thirty years. George’s practical and organisational skills that he had developed during his time in the Royal Engineers had stood him in good stead and he was made Foreman Driver at the end of his first season at New Romney. During the following years, George became the face of “the Friendly Line” and met many famous people including Tommy Handley, Laurel and Hardy and Walt Disney and in 1957, he drove Hurricane -
After his retirement, George was able to enjoy running his own miniature steam locomotives on the local Model Engineering Society track and he and his wife Miriam travelled across the world to visit the many friends they had made over the years. Miriam died in 1997 and George himself passed away on 23rd June 2006.
George bought his first camera in 1933 and was an enthusiastic photographer for seventy years. His collection includes many photographs taken in around Nottingham, together with others taken when out on his frequent cycling trips to other parts of the country. He was able to record some of his wartime activities and, although his work on the RH&DR restricted his free time in later years, he still found the chance to take occasional photographs of steam on the main line. We are sure that George would be pleased to know that his collection is now available to enthusiasts for the first time and we hope you enjoy the results.
We are grateful to Paul Ross for the above narrative and for placing the George Barlow collection with The Transport Treasury.
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