Really interesting,and neat work bringing the model up to full Turkish Railway service appearance with the additional equipment.
I have the biography of Ron Jarvis, the member of the LMS engineering team sent to Turkey as adviser to assist on the erection of both these 8Fs and wagons sent as kits to Turkey. Acompanying him was one of Crewe's top erecting shop foremen, Fred Soden. They had quite an adventure getting to Sivas loco works, with Fred having to expedite the movement of the crated parts onward from the Egyptian port of Alexandria, while Ron went ahead to Turkey. Ron and Fred then travelled together to Sivas, where they were hosted by Nuri Bey, then the Carriage and Wagon manager at the Sivas works, and assisted by one of his lead foremen, Stadettin Bey, a man who had previously spent some years at Crewe, and had excellent English.
Ron and Fred clearly enjoyed their time in Turkey, and while Fred was working away on the main job, Ron found time to get involved in the organisation of a trade show in Turkey (the notorious tendency of British embassy staff to seize any skilled resource and employ it to their ends...). Ron also found an unsuspected 'Dean Goods' - from the group that went abroad in WWI - at a remote location, which amused him. Ron subsequently wrote a piece for BBC radio broadcast describing their activities, the text of which is preserved.
Thank you for your opinions on the transformation of the 8F model steam engine to the Turkish railway model. In addition to 34C ,
thanks to give your information about LMS production of 8F steam engines in Turkey.
All the assembly of the engines and wagons were completed solely by the Sivas workforce. The reason for Ron and Fred going to Sivas was to advise on anything that looked unfamiliar: and also to inspect the major parts as they were uncrated for rust or other damage that had occurred during shipment, and to provide guidance on any necessary work to restore those parts to 'as new' condition before assembly commenced. Ron left Sivas well before the assembly process was complete, with only a few of the 8Fs running; because he was confident that the work was being done extremely well, Fred I think left Sivas when there were just two of the 8F's to be finished.
Both men were wanted back at their regular workplace in the UK, and in Ron's case he would soon enough be put on a further significant overseas assignment for the government, the Indian Machine Tools Commission.
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