enjoyed posing for photographs and portraits!
He lived with his humans
Alan and Rosemary Cliff in North Wales, and inspired Alan
to write about his adventures in a series of books now published
by Gwasg Helygain.
Railway Modellers, Young or Old!
maker Graham Lock has designed an "0" gauge
"Jack the Station Cat" Private Owner road/rail
container. It fits both coarse scale and tin-plate flat
wagons such as those by Hornby, Bassett- Lowke, etc,
and modern finescale conflats. The model sits perfectly
on Corgi Classic 1:50 lorries and the wooden 1:50 models
by Paul Anderson. The container is available in a variety
of colours. Price is £12.00 plus £1.00 P&P.
Each container has its own labelled box.
The containers are available from
the manufacturer, Graham Lock, on +44 (0)7903 676177
Update! Graham can now supply "0"
gauge Jack the Station Cat cable drums in a variety
of colours. Price is £3.50 plus postage for one
drum or £3.00 each plus postage for two drums
Photos by Mark Armstrong.
attends Rhyl Minature Railway's Centenary Gala
Alan and Jack attended Rhyl
Minature Railway's centenary gala celebrations in
May and were kept busy signing books!
They would both like to extend their
congratulations to the railway on reaching this amazing
milestone! Over 4,400 passengers
were carried by the railway over the Centenary Gala.
Thanks to David
Hunter of Dalton Video, Rhyl, and to Tatsutoshi Okuda
for the photographs.
first day cover featuring Jack the Station Cat and the
Bala Lake Railway is a limited edition of 250 by Buckingham
Covers. The narrow gauge locomotive on the railway stamp
is Holy War. With the remains of Alice, whose photo
is in the left hand corner of the cover, Holy War was
brought back to Wales and the Bala Lake Railway by Alan
Cliff in 1975. When steam finished at Dinorwic Quarry
Llanberis, where they had worked all their lives, the
little engines were sold and lived at the Quainton Road
Steam Centre Buckingham until "repatriated".
The picture of Jack the Station Cat
in the right hand corner of the cover is from the Jack
book, "Jack the Station Cat and the Great Little
Trains Robbery". This story features "Holy
The Cats on Stamps Study Unit, an
affiliate of the American Philatelic Society, has informed
us that Jack the Station Cat is the first feline in
Anglo-Welsh children's literature to appear on a first
day cover in the present century and before. Jack is
also the only British children's literary feline, big
or small, on a stamp or First Day Cover appearing in
stories being written now. The four others who have
appeared in philately since 2000 or earlier, Tigger
from Winnie the Pooh, Pussy Cat from "Owl and the
Pussy Cat," Shere Khan from "The Jungle Book"
and the Cheshire Cat from "Alice in Wonderland"
were originally published in the
early twentieth or nineteenth centuries The
Bala Lake Railway and Buckingham
Covers have created history. The credit for unearthing
this piece of philatelic/literary history goes to Marci
Jarvis Editor of "Cat Mews".the award winning
Journal of the Cats
on Stamps Study Unit.
Jack's first day cover is available
for £11.00 including delivery directly from Jack
the Station Cat Limited at the address listed on the
Payment should be made by cheque/postal order made payable
to Jack the Station Cat Limited.
Jack the Station Cat visits the BBC Antiques
the recording of the BBC Antiques Roadshow at "Steam"
the Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon during April
2010, Jack the Station cat had the pleasure of meeting Fiona
BBC News Reader and Presenter of the BBC Antiques
Roadshow and ceramics expert Henry Sandon who is one of the
longest serving members of the Roadshow's team of experts.
Pictured with Fiona and Henry is Neil Booth Of Railwayana
Auctions UK whose preserved British Railways Parcels van
the inspiration for Henry the Van in the Jack the Station
Cat books. Also pictured is Pete Waterman the music impresario,
a well known railway enthusiast, who like Neil Booth and
his van was a guest at the Antiques roadshow recording.
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gets about – here he is at the Sittingbourne and Kelmsley
Light Railway, Lynton and Barnstaple Railway and Bala Lake