However, when you look at the economical wording in some of the Western Region captions, you'll understand why I think Ed's research into the Western Region's Reporting Numbers is so significant.
For example, this splendid shot by Richard Greenwood is simply described as a single-chimney 'Castle' class No 4075 Cardiff Castle heading an 'up' express at Twyford on Saturday 29th July 1961.
COMMEMORATIONIt is with great sadness that I relay the news of the death of Edward (Ed) Chaplin who passed away at home on 21st April 2016.
He is survived by his wife Christina and two sons Jeremy and Robin, and Granchildren Katie, Jonathan and Chelsea.
However, at the beginning of the page I do need to add some overall provisos in, as some lists are not complete and might, despite considerable effort, contain errors and missing details.
I do not mind if visitors are asked to offer corrections and additions; I do not have a crippling pride, my purpose has always been to get the thing right for myself, and I well know that out there are a lot of very knowledgeable enthusiasts who visit your site, and so it would be great if their knowledge could be shared with others…'Ed's humbling words sums up the spirit of the World Wide Web perfectly and I am proud to feature his work on this page.
Born in London in 1940, Ed was just 2 years-old when his family moved to Surrey to escape the London Blitz.
His interest in all things 'Great Western' began as a small boy during family trips by steam train from Paddington to visit his grandparents in Gloucester.
Over the years, Ed's contribution to the hobby has been quite remarkable; not only has he generously helped me and other contributors with the creation of this website, he was meticulous in acknowledging those who assisted in his own research. INTRODUCTION BY DAVID HEY The level of support this website receives from fellow railway enthusiasts is extraordinary.
Above all else, his willingness to share his in-depth studies with others is an admirable quality and many enthusiasts have dropped a line to express their appreciation. The Internet is a valuable resource visited every day by countless thousands of enthusiasts, all of (Inset right) Derek Dean writes an evocative caption for this Stuart Sanders photograph: 'The fantastic sight and sounds of a beautifully-clean Britannia starting away from Paddington Station was an experience to be savoured; the 'Red Dragon' express restaurant service to Carmarthen begins its long journey hauled by 7MT Britannia No 70016 Ariel , where the staff looked after their BR Standard Pacifics extremely well.
He writes - 'David, it is a worthwhile task and I shall enjoy getting more to grips with it.