The Inimitable Mr Ellis Part 1

(Originally published in The Railway Magazine for September 2011 under the title “C Hamilton Ellis”) In the first of an occasional series ROBERT HUMM celebrates the life and work of the railway writer and artist C Hamilton Ellis. Known to his friends as ‘Cuthie’ or ‘Chip’ and to himself as ‘Ham,’ Cuthbert Hamilton Ellis was […]

What Goes Up Must Come Down Part 3

Originally published in The Railway Magazine for March 2010 under the title “Cliffhangers” Cliff railways, part of Britain’s transport infrastructure since 1875, are often overlooked by the enthusiast fraternity. ROBERT HUMM reviews their history and development : continued from Part 2. The partnership in the 1890s between Newnes as financier and Marks as engineer resulted […]

What Goes Up Must Come Down Part 2

Originally published in The Railway Magazine for March 2010 under the title “Cliffhangers” Cliff railways, part of Britain’s transport infrastructure since 1875, are often overlooked by the enthusiast fraternity. ROBERT HUMM reviews their history and development : continued from Part 1. With a total of four cliff railways the Kentish town of Folkestone was once […]

What Goes Up Must Come Down Part 1

Originally published in The Railway Magazine for March 2010 under the title “Cliffhangers” Cliff railways, part of Britain’s transport infrastructure since 1875, are often overlooked by the enthusiast fraternity. ROBERT HUMM reviews their history and development. In North America they are called Incline Railways. In Europe, which invented them, they are usually known as Funiculars. […]

High Speed On The Great Western Railway

by Robert Humm (Originally published in the Journal of The Stephenson Locomotive Society for July-August 2015; there are some extra notes about Charles Rous-Marten and Cecil J Allen at the end of the article.) While turning over a quantity of Cecil J Allen’s old papers the writer came across a clip of correspondence that throws […]

On Writing : An Introduction

by Robert Humm Over the years I have published a fair amount in periodicals both eminent and obscure. My very first article, published about 1966, was strangely enough in a long defunct magazine called Sporting Motorist, and we need not dwell on that overlong. It was written under a pseudonym and wasn’t very good, but […]