One of my jobs as the weather man is to crew the trains. I call these crew “the little people” one because a I am a little person myself topping the measuring stick at five foot three and three quarters of an inch ( I have no idea what that is in grams and amps as I am not familiar with the metric system). The second reason is in some of the locos I try to create little scenarios and I even give the crew names. Let one thing be clear I have never claimed any hold on sanity. Insanity does not run through my family but it does meander through.
Sadly in some of the locos due to the limited space, I have to perform surgery on my little friends. Legs are often snapped of, sometimes my little people have to have their feet removed so that they can perform their duties. These procedures do fill me full of sorrow, but there is a bright side to this drastic action as the amputated limbs often fly all over the workshop causing my esteemed colleagues to duck or to come in and find amputated limbs on their desks mixed with the ever present coal dust.
On a more practical level (even I face reality occasionally) the figures we employ on our railway are Bachman Branch line 1950s Train Crew part no 36-407 and their Locomotive Staff part no 36-047. I stick them in with a variety of adhesives depending on the base of the loco. The glues I use are Jarvis superglue and Tamiya plastic cement. At the moment we are getting low on figures so I will have to talk to David about a recruitment drive. I promise my little people that they will not be on a zero hour’s contract. I wonder if we can persuade David to nationalise Mckinley
Part two will concentrate on the passengers inside the coaches, many stories will be retold.