Monday, November 06, 2017
File this under: Phil's not going mad.
For months, I've been trying to explain to my magazine colleagues that there used to be a column in a model railway magazine "written" by a dog. Specifically, by a bloodhound called "Baz".
As I recall, "Bazzing Around" involved Baz looking closely at the details of a locomotive. As well as photos, the articles were illustrated by line drawings showing specific parts of the machine.
The only trouble was, I couldn't find an example and people were beginning to think I was nuts.
Then, a few weeks ago, I was flicking through the November 1976 issue of Model Railways and there is Baz. He's not looking at a loco this time but a section of London Underground track. Baz points out the different parts of a crossing. Not exciting stuff, but worth studying if you aspire to better trackwork.
Oddly, I can't see another appearance in the same year, nor one before or after. I'm sure there are more but for the life of me, I can't find them.
Please, someone, tell me they remember Baz as well!