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Heritage Railway Uniforms

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by John Casingena, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. John Casingena

    John Casingena New Member

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    When your volunteering at a preserved station do you wear original uniform from the era or do you go for the reproduction stuff which can cost more than the originals I paid this week £12 for a 60's inspectors cap a re-production costs £60

    I wear original 60's uniform and I do have original Edwardian uniform and Victorian to but visitors seem to tell me it should be in a museum not being worn

    Also I wanted to know what is the correct cap badge for a BR inspector 60's period some staff at some railways have a totem badge and a lion / wheel badge on the same cap which is incorrect did you n0w have a cap band with the words inspector on it I have a GWR one but wore they worn in the 60's to
     
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    My trousers and Waistcoat are replicas from 19th Century Tailoring
    Buttons on the waist coat are safety pinned on to allow Changes in era.
    I have a genuine Long sleeve waistcoat and most of my overcoats are also genuine. My favorite a GWR Double breasted Greatcoat with 10 Buttons and Birmingham Snow Hill Issue label
    Caps are replicas with Genuine Badges

    If I can get my hands on originals I will wear it. My thinking "It was made to be worked in its not serving it purpose on a dummy in a museum"

    For a Station Inspector of BR(E) in the 60s this is correct:
    The Jacket is Genuine BR

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    I have this at the moment it's actually 1966 from the modernization period when they changed the uniforms the jacket is an inspectors jacket the 2 rows of gold piping around the cuff mean inspector station master had 3 rows of gold piping and railman which was the new name for porter had 1 row of piping the hat is an inspectors hat but a leter 70's one as the new 60's inspectors cap's had a gold peak but at the GCR only station masters are allowed gold braid on the peak thats what the uniform regs say

    Now I have just purchased a 1960 inspectors cap original but with no badges or cap band just the hat what badges or cap band should be on a 60's / 50's inspectors cap
    The cap on the right is a 40's SNCF french railways cap I use that for our wartime weekend the cap band is a GWR inspectors cap band from the 30's or earlier
    What else do I add is the gold bullion badge like you have on your cap ok or should I use the lion over wheel badge
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    John hello.
    Your band is a BR one.
    GWR inspectors had an embroidered wreath around either Scripted GWR initials or the roundel. Station Masters having a wire wound version of the same badge.
    Being from Leicester North you want as I have but Midland Maroon. That would date you as 60s. Wearing a cycling lion above your band dates you as mid 50s. For earlier you would require a single gold ribbon around the middle of the cap with a cycling lion in the middle which would have Inspector written within the wheel.

    As you can see I go for authenticity. Inspectors also had gold braid on their cap and so do I.
     
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    There was a book by I think Frogatt "Buttons Badges and Unifirms". It was very expensive at the time and copies still costly on e-bay. City of London libaries had a copy and it was a good source of info, esp early BR

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    Hi

    I curate a small village museum in Market Lavington, Wiltshire. It is not railway specific although there was once a station and the trains to the west still race through.

    I need help identifying a uniform. I can't be certain it is railway but the cap appears to say porter. image002.jpg
    We think the photo dates from around the time of World War One or maybe a bit earlier. Lavington Station was on the GWR cut off route between Patney and Westbury. It opened in 1900.
    Can anyone out there help? Is this a railway uniform? If so is it GWR? Or maybe the photo has no real connection with Lavington, Wiltshire.

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