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Footplate crew outfit

Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Small Prairie, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. Small Prairie

    Small Prairie New Member

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    hi all , being i haven't got a message back from a form about overalls and jackets etc , would anyone be willing on letting me know where i can buy a BR Jacket for the footplate?

    anything local between south west London and eastleigh near the mainline or any branch lines would be great as there easiest to get to ( or on line shops)

    cheers all .
     
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    If you want the "Authentic Look" you can try John Beesley, he advertises in Steam Railway most months (if not every) and will do mail order.

    If you are after just a Bib and brace with a jacket I use Faithful brand that I buy from Surplus & Outdoors online, follow the link to "Outdoor Workwear".
     
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    Try John Fletcher, the Shed Shop NYMR.

    http://www.shoppersworld.co.uk/template ... ymr/?s=411

    You can order online.
     
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    The NYMR ones are excellent- I use them and delivery is quick too.
     
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    I'm gonna cry at £46 lol , any idea if there is a website for him as doing a google search on "John Beesley footplate" but only found about everything else apart from his site

    i like the idea of having near costume made bib and brace with jacket but i must say £46 is it not worth just looking for something cheaper?
     
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    I'm afraid John Beesley doesn't have a website. His overalls are fairly faithful copies of the original BR articles but they are more expensive than the NYMR ones. I bought some a couple of years ago and they were £55 (I think) then.

    Overalls of the right material and type are not that common, so they are a bit pricey. But they are hard wearing.
     
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    I would recommend the NYMR ones, I recently bought some up there and they seem pretty good to me. Beesley overalls are good but there have been a few about that go purple when washed. This is because he got hold of a batch of orange ones and dyed them navy!
     
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    Yep I have a set of Beesleys and after about 10 washes purple patches have began to appear- hence why I now buy NYMR ones, which are cheaper anyway.
     
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    If you are on a budget and don't mind wearing an ordinary set of modern overalls the Surplus and Outdoors do a bib and brace for £12.99 and seconds jackets at £5.00. I have bought these in the past and they are perfectly acceptable (the jacket needed a button sewing on). The Faithful branded ones are £19.99 each and therefore you are still looking at around £40.00 plus postage. (No I'm not on commission, I just think they do a good service :D )
     
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    In a word - NO!

    Cheap overalls dont last well in the harsh footplate environment. You will get what you pay for with Beesleys, trust me I am still using a pair on and off EIGHT years after I bought them! Try the NYMR shed shop ones or Beesleys. £46 isnt that much when you think they may last for 5-6 years regular use. The quality and material will be far better, but watch as they shrink a little at first, buy slightly larger than normal.
     
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    Apologies for drifting off at a tangent, but I'm bemused by the blue tie. Was such a tie design and colour worn during the 1950s and 60s as part of the British Railways uniform?

    Chris (from down south, where plain red ties were the norm)
     
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    NYMR sounds like the best one then , will go talk to mum about buying them ready for my next turn :smt001

    cheers all
     
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    Can someone tell me where to get a cloth cap for being on the footplate?
     
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    Or a proper greasetop O:)
     
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    I'd recommend Mr. Beesley's footplate gear, excellent quality...
    Plus, your custom will help to get 'Primrose' steaming again! \:D/
     
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    Small Prairie - Don't forget that Western style footplate uniform is different in style and colour to everyone else's (as you would expect) !
     
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    If you want to get a tweed type flat cap then the best place is the type of mens outfitters your grandfather would go to (or if your very young, your great grandfather!!! :D ).

    I use a black cloth cap that I found in Marks and Spencer a few years ago.

    Don't forget, the grease top was a recent addition to the footplate, but a very useful one. I would use a grease top for prep'ing and then change to the a flat cap when running, this way you don't get a oil sodden cloth cap. #-o
     
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    I'm usually to be found in a Marks and Spencer cloth cap. When I left it at home a few weeks ago and arrived for my turn, someone even didn't recognize me!
     

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