My name is David C.G and I am the writer, creator and directer of the Jimmy the Jinty Series. I live in Lancashire and I have been fortunate enough to live near to the East Lancashire Railway.
As like so many children it was Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends which first introduced me into the world of steam engines. This fascination of this little blue engine and his friends working hard, travelling to and fro, carrying out their duties. From time to time I went to the Days Out With Thomas events. Which fuelled my passion for steam. But as my family have pointed out many times, I was always destined to become a fan of railways.
|WD 2-8-0 No 90733 visiting from the KWVR waits to run|
round its freight train at Ramsbottom on the ELR
|L&Y Class 27 No 1300 waits to leave Bury on the |
East Lancashire Railway
When I was old enough I volunteered at the East Lancs Railway, where I helped restore the wagons on the railway. It was a joy to do and I learnt many skills from my time there. I have a passion for railway photography too. There's something about capturing an image in a moment of time and it takes you back to the golden age of steam. Working on the railway meant I got exclusive access to places that members of the public rarely see. I was able to take many photographs in the yards and sometimes I'd be the only person who would capture the likes of the Duke standing alongside the City of Truro, a Beattie well tank, a Jinty and Princess Elizabeth. Imagine that!!
|LMS Jinty No 47324 has departed Irwell Vale heading |
towards Ramsbottom on the ELR
The East Lancs lost the right to hold Thomas weekends for 3 years and so they created there own event called Jimmy the Jinty. I was most disheartened as I though someone had beaten me to it and I couldn't create my series. As luck would have it within 3 years, Hit Entertainment became less strict with its rules and regulations and the East Lancs railway won back the rights to hold Thomas events. At last I thought, I could make my series without people thinking it was connected to the railways event in some sort of way.
And so the Jimmy the Jinty Series was made and first broadcast on Youtube on the 7th September 2010. It proved a success and I quickly made the second episode so not to make it seem like it was just a one off. I was determined to make the series a hit and to carry it on no matter what happened. As I departed for Uni, I began writing more material and creating more characters. When I returned home for 2 weeks during the Christmas break I set about making the 3rd and 4th episodes. Again they achieved good ratings and soon I started to receive messages off new fans saying how much they enjoyed the first couple of episodes and how they hope the series would continue.
More and more subscribers began to add the channel and word must have gotten round that a new railway series had begun. (As I write this, I am approaching 300 subscribers).
|Jimmy, Babs and Fred at the sheds|
For the future, the Jimmy the Jinty Series is moving slowly forwards. I mean I've only just started a web page. The series is made on the cheap from whatever I own and so my stories work around that. I'm not trying to compete against other series, in fact I am inspired by them and in sheer awe over how incredible and outstanding they are. Jimmy the Jinty Series will never have the luxury of special effects or lots of money poured into the production, but one thing I can promise is that the series will always have good honest writing from the heart.
I hope the series continues to be a success and that the fans enjoy it as much as I do making it.
Thanks again for the endless support. Without you Jimmy the Jinty wouldn't be recognised as a railway series in its own right.