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Guestbook for: emettplus
Malcolm: Glad to meet a fellow enthusiast! I am making a one in twelve scale model of Nellie in brass, to run on Gauge 1 track, using a Playmobil G-scale chassis.
December 19, 2013 1:18AM

Stephen: I have a picture of Emettland that can be added to your "Things" folder.
February 20, 2013 3:32PM

michaelcrofts: The Rowland Emett Society has been formed to allow anyone interested in the work of Frederick Rowland Emett to discover more about his remarkable cartoons, artworks and machines. The Society is open to all who are keen to preserve and promote Emett's work and keep his memory alive. Membership of the Society is free of charge. It is hoped that there will be an annual gathering, possibly some exhibitions, and the creation of a comprehensive catalogue of all his work. If you know of any original items and are willing to supply details for the catalogue please let us know. The society's website is at rowlandemett [dot] com Thanks to Chris Brown who owns this guestbook for letting me post this notice.
August 11, 2012 9:17AM

Kay Dunn: I was prvilledged to have met Roland Emett when I was very young, as he and my Father (Bill Thompson) put Rolands cartoons into life. The carpet sweeper (from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) frightened me as I walked past it! and I remember my Father taking up our small kitchen with various parts of these machines - Mum would get a bit frustrated as Dad would search through our kitchen cupboards for various items to attach. Needless to say my childhood was consummed by these weird machines! Unfortunately my Father passed away late last year, his legacy has left a huge amount of drawings and items, with some prints signed my Roland.
June 30, 2012 10:19AM

Chris J Brady: Great site. Wish I'd seen the Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Branch Railway. I wonder if there is anything left of it anywhere? They have a big exhibition and events at the Festival Hall on the South Bank for the 1951 Festival of Britain - but no mention of Emett's contribution nor of the Railway. I know Emett's candy making machine is till around - it was displayed in the foyer of Ripley's "Believe It or Not" at the Trocadero in London last year - sadly looking unloved and considerably worse for wear. That could have been displayed at the Festival Hall.
July 31, 2011 2:48AM

Peggy pool: We started watching the old show Time Tunnel and got into a conversation about time travel and I remembered the SS Pussywillow II and went on a web search for it. At last I found a picture!! The one that I took at the Smithsonian was lost in years of junk, and it was not that great of a picture, the thing was positioned weird and I could not get far enough away to take a good shot. I love the sight and all of the information in it. If I ever find something that was done by this artist I will send a photo. Thank you for bringing back fond memories.
June 4, 2011 7:10PM

Fleagle: There is a copy of the festival railway on at the moment
May 13, 2010 1:47PM

Bruce Hall: Some of Rowlands works are in our"Ontario Science Center" here in Toronto, Ontario,Canada. Great works of engineering!
January 24, 2010 9:39AM

Richard Coleman: Have been a fan for many years and was lucky enough to meet and talk to Roland Emett about his work, in fact bought a print from him and have his autograph - both of which are on display at home. Incredible guy and fantastic artist - what a creative mind, can't wait to visit the exhibition at the Cartoon Gallery and see the smiles on visitors faces when they view his work - well it certainly brings a smile to my face!! Emett is one great artist that doesn't fail to make us laugh.
August 17, 2009 1:37PM

Anita O'Brien: Dear Emettplus Wasn't sure if you were aware of our exhibition at the Cartoon Museum in London. It's called Engines of Enchantment:the cartoons and machines of Rowland Emett. The exhibition runs until 1 November 2009. Thought perhaps you and other Emettphiles would be interested. We're also doing a couple of talks. Anyone who is interested can go to our website Kind regards Anita O'Brien Curator
August 11, 2009 7:28AM

Simon: It's all rather lovely. This is my first encounter with Mr Emett's creations but it will not be my last. The web site is great, thanks. I'm off to buy a book or two by the chap.
May 17, 2009 5:13AM

Gilly: How wonderful to find a community of Emett fans! I've been collecting bits and pieces -- Punch cartoons, books, and the little plates -- for years, after first seeing the machines exhibitted in Washington in about 1986. A couple of years ago I had a chance to buy an original Emett painting, but couldn't find the funds in time. If anyone knows where any suchlike could be found, please let me know!
March 22, 2009 7:40AM

Bob: I found this site on a web search. Many years ago the US Nat'l Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC had a Rowland Emett poster for sale. It was, like the rest of his work, a whimsical drawing of an early morning airplane flight, titled something like "Early Morning Flight". I tired to find it many times since, with no luck. Is anyone familiar with this work?...I would love to find a copy.
November 12, 2008 2:44PM

Bob Swan: Whatever happened to Emettland? I remember going to see it several times as a kid when it was on display at a furniture shop in Chelmsford. It was endlessly fascinating - my friends and I used to discover new aspects of it every time we saw it. I'd love to see it again, or see photos of it.
October 21, 2008 6:38AM

Chris Brown (host): For anyone wishig to contact me for more information, or just to talk Emett, my new e-mail is There are several comments here I'd like to reply to, but with no return addresses.
September 4, 2008 7:43AM

Peter the Painter: I've been looking for this site for years! I was going to build my grandson an I O M railway loco to go on his layout, but wait! An Emmett on a microlayout? A watyercolour of it? (Pardon the pun - I paint a little!) See for some ideas - look at the pizza layouts! Enjoy!
July 24, 2008 3:54PM

jwocky: I first came across Emett in the 50's when copies of Punch came our way in Christchurch NZ. Have been striving to recall his name for several weeks. It finally came to me and then of course I found your excellent website. It is to entertain a 13 yr old grandson who has a flair for designing and making models. Great work!!
May 11, 2008 2:31AM

Ruth: I just purchased one of the nymolle plates at an estate sale and was looking for info on the artist. This was a very interesting website and I have a greater appreciation for my plate after reading about the artist. Do you have any additional info regarding the time period when these were made, how many were produced and their approximate value. Thanks.
February 2, 2008 9:22PM

Alan J Wright: Wonderful Emett. Imagination is the key to the modelling world of railways. Without it we only produce bland copies. Your work on Emett style railway models inspires us all. Thank You.
November 4, 2007 12:32PM

Kelvin: In extensive research your page is the most complete I have found. I have been trying to find details of an Emett model that used to be shown on TV in the late 1950s and early 60s. (I have a dim memory of it being referred to as Cloud Cuckoo land railway). I live in the same village as Jaquie Grossart who (before her untimely death) wrote the biography of Emett in the Chris Beetles publication. Having been kindly loaned some of her material by her family I suspect it was the model "Emettland" but unfortunately the book (P20) shows President Nixon viewing the model rather than the model itself. Pictures of Emettland would be a wonderful find!
January 1, 2007 5:15AM

Mike Pritchard: Brilliant Site, Thank you! I was lucky enough to see the "working" model of the Emmett Flying Machine at a display about 35 years ago in RAE Farnborough as part of a Technology display. I used to have a leaflet which identified and explained each part of the ...'Kite... Kept half my class amused at school for weeks.
December 11, 2006 9:58AM

ancientofdaze: I very much enjoyed my visit here. Your little site has been bookmarked in the folder art vernacular. I used to eat my cornflakes from an emett bowl, and well remember his railway at the Pleasure Gardens: living not too far away, I was taken there every week in the summer of '51. I'm not one for nostalgia, but thanks for the memories. Love the handsome little railmotors on the WSLR. I hope your children's ward railway finds a home: it looks great, and a great idea. Thanks again, emettman.
March 1, 2006 5:32PM

Magee Nelson: I have two original Emett pen and ink drawings Rowland gave to my father, a friend, in the 1950s. Is there any market for these? Appreciate reply!
January 20, 2006 2:26PM

KarenWatson: Very disappointed yesterday to find Pussiewillow clock at Eastgate, Basildon, not working properly - all it emits is a single doleful "clang!" at five minutes to each quarter. (It was also 15 minutes slow!!) I desperately want to remind myself whether it used to play a tune, does anybody here know if I am right, and what it was? I haven't worked in Bas since 1993, and the old memory isn't what it was. I had my video camera with me in hopes of recording the show, but ended up coming home really let down. Anybody here able to help? Please e mail me at Thanks
December 30, 2005 9:21AM

deaner: I have a untouched copy of The Emett Festival Railway...lovely book.
December 22, 2005 5:27PM

emettcar: We are very pleased to find this Emett guestbook, which is very interesting. We are keen Emett fans, and for the past 30 years we have owned an Austin 7 car which had once belonged to Emett's nephew. Fortunately his uncle Rowland had decorated across the back of the car with a beautiful painting, in typical Emett style, of an old car. This appears to be something of a rarity - probably the only car in existence with an original Emett painting on it. We have letters from Emett and his wife, and also the nephew, authenticating the painting. Sadly the time is nearing when we will have to find a new owner, so if anyone might be interested please email - we have lots of photos, some of which you should be able to see on the Picturetrail website, if you search for member emettcar
November 4, 2005 2:26AM

Dawn: What a lovely site, it really warms the cockles of my heart. I actually posess the 'Neptune at Oyster Creek Bay' jigsaw, minus several pieces I'm sad to say. I was about 5yrs old-in the mid 60's when I bought it from a tiny cramped & musty smelling toyshop run by an elderly couple at the end of my street & I remember that practically all of their toys were really old (& so cheap to buy !!) I remember being unable in the begining, to complete the puzzle but I would stare fascinatedly at the picture for simply ages completely absorbed by it. It's one of my most cherished possessions now. Would there be any other puzzles out there ? Thank you so much Mr Emett & thank you Chris; more please !!
October 29, 2005 6:22PM

March 27, 2005 9:47PM

Roger Emett: Enjoyed the tour. I have one of the Christmas Cards titled "Happy 12 days of Christmas" I obtained about 50 from The Classic Card Company and was trying to trace them to see if they were still in print. Any Ideas ??
March 21, 2005 3:58PM

Jude Mullarkey: I have been told that at some point Rowland Emett was living in the Cornish fishing village of Polperro - does anyone have any information on this?
March 8, 2005 4:46AM

Timothy Sparks: My late father had a copy of "home rails preferred". I adored this book as a kid but for decades it has been lost. I have inverted my mother's house several times trying to locate this marvellous book to no avail. Thank goodness the title appeared via google. Maybe I might now be able to locate a copy or even some reproductions of the cartoons.
November 13, 2004 2:14AM

Gene Rogers: On the "Featherstone-open work basket weave mark two-Gentleman's Flying Machine" My email address is:
October 18, 2004 1:05AM

Gene Rogers: I have a "Featherstone Kite-Open work weave basket-Mark Two-Gentleman's Flying Machine" picture signed by Emett, I have had it for over 30yrs. I am curious as to what the value might be? thank you-Gene Rogers
October 18, 2004 1:02AM

michael leigh: How wonderful to find this site and links to others about the fantastic mr. emmett. my partner hazel jones, an inventor of starnge gadgets, has been a fan for a long time especially after seeing some beauttiful drawings and a working machine at basildon in essex. will put a link on hazels site- all the best, michael
August 13, 2004 1:00PM

Martin Smith: The same collection of Emett pieces that are in Toronto are also housed in the Merrion shopping centre, Leeds, Uk. They also have one of his Fetherstone-Kites. Sadly they are not always on display but seem to make an apperance each Christmas. Regards Martin.
January 24, 2004 7:21AM

Ed Thomson: I am in posession of an original Emmett cartoon of the 1951 Festival of Britain 'Nellie' train it was given to me by a passenger (Emmett himself ?)on a flight in the 60's from London to Edinburgh.We had been talking about the model rail layout I had constructed for my son and I recall saying I wish it had been an Emmett as I had seen it at Battersea in 1951.All this time he was sketching away and aswe deplaned at Edinburgh he handed the cartoon to me with the comment 'that's the next best,it'll do for your son's wall'.Naturally I was delighted and for several years it was displayed on a wall (unprotected by glass,unfortunately!)but it has aged quite well with only slight yellowing of the paper.The dimensions are 26 X 22ins.I only discovered it again in December 03 after moving house ,it has been with me over three house removals over the last 35yrs,and it looks as if I will be stuck with it unless anyone out there might be interested in making an offer to buy it. All Enquiries to Ed Thomson Glamis Castle Angus Scotland DD8 1QJ (Post) or by Email.Finally I only surfed in on this site because of my rediscovery of the cartoon. Ed Thomson.
January 9, 2004 9:18AM

Peter Brennan: I am wrinting to you on behalf of Peter Brennan - a N.Zer - very interested in Emett. He has a large private collection of model trains, including the delightful Paper model of Nellie,(made up), plus an extra copy of the book. Using parts of Emett's cartoons he has made up a background 4ft long, with the paper, motorised, Nellie on a track in front of it. Is it possible to purchase copies {reproductions} of any of the cartoon cards? - Neptune, Wild goose etc. He is also very interested to know what has happened to the 15inch gauge engines? He would be delighted if you ever have time to reply. If you wish to write to him - {he has no computor}, however feel free to send a message via my email address, Mr. Peter Brennan "Treetops Gallery" l042 Sandspit Road, Warkworth, R.D.2, Northland, New Zealand.
November 10, 2003 3:17AM

Tim Griffiths: I am compiling information for a website about Rowland Emett and his works. It is purely out of interest in and in recognition of his work.When ready it will be found at Any contributions of information or photographs gratefully recieved.
June 20, 2003 4:14AM

Susie Fitz: I just found you! I hope maybe someone can give me info on my large framed print of the S/S Pussiewillow II. It measures approx. 22"x24". I would appreciate any info as far as history or value. Thank you! Susie Fitz, Sacramento CA
May 31, 2003 9:53PM

Roger Kuykendall: Of course, I first saw Emett's cartoons in Punch. I then bought (new) a first edition (was there a second?) of Emett's Domain. I suppose it has some value to collectors, but it is worn with constant use. Not for sale.
May 17, 2003 8:44PM

Ian Taylor: Your website brought back great memories from my childhood, I remember seeing r Emetts creations at Heathrow Airport in the late sixties. Please can you let me know where I can get more information on where emett's creations are exhibited? I would like to know if the Christmas cards have been re-released, if so please can you let me know where I can buy them from? Well done for keeping this great mans works of art alive for old and new audiences around the world to marvel at. Kindest regards Ian Taylor
May 6, 2003 10:01AM

Dr.Fitz Herbert: Hello ! What a site . Best regards from an old Balloonist & Chemist : Dr.Herbert Fitz / D -84508 Burgkirchen / Kantstr.41. Germany. Question : Where I can buy 1.class prints ?
May 3, 2003 9:58AM

A grateful art student.: I'm at college, and as part of a project I'm looking at public art, but when it came to the time fountain in Nottingham, I knew nothing, not even the artist. The site has been very helpful and now I have a new interest in Emett and his magical work. Thanks.
April 5, 2003 6:00AM

martyn brisland: I have been an admirer of emett since seeing his cartoons in my fathers copies of punch and lilliput magazine in the late forties, and actually rode on the far tottering and oyster creek railway in 1951 at Battersea at the age of four. Keep up the good work
March 15, 2003 5:06AM

Jon Dudley: Well done! Rowland E. is long overdue for some celebration. Although not a total anorak about the man I find that his immediate post war work summed up that austerity period with much accute observation...and hope. Lots of people in the Ditchling area have great stories of the man and his kindnesses although it is alleged that his wife was quite protective of him...but then I guess all sorts beat a path to his door so she'd need to be to protect themselves. Thanks again.
January 14, 2003 5:13AM

grant and ollie: ........................ and thanks from Helen and Penny too. VVVVVVVVV VVVVV V .
December 22, 2002 6:43AM

grant and ollie: It's been a while since we looked to see if anyone had put up a site on Emett. We could never understand why there wasn't a greater profile for one of the greatest! Our works are heavily influenced by Emett and though we have a way to go (and then some! :) we like to pay tribute to his way of thinking in what we do. Can U have a "tribute band" of illustrators? If you want to see how we keep Emett's torch burning in our thoughts daily , cut and paste this very early 'first offering': Thank you for your web site and all the research. Top of our FAVOURITES list already .. are we bias? Noooooooooo lol. Grant and Ollie (UK)
December 22, 2002 6:42AM

Ian Jopson: Hi Chris, glad to see your still modelling Emett. I really enjoyed the pictures on your photo site. Couldn't get them to print though. Liked your mini circle. I've been putting together a large scale 1/32nd layout over past few months, when time allows, some Emett inspiration, but mainly Peter Barnfield. Still not ready for the public. Ian
September 1, 2002 8:46AM

Kiowa_DwDw: Just lookin' at this all..... Am impressed by what ya'll have done here.... like I told ya'll I've always loved trains.... I've also jumped more then a few of the dirtyfaces over the yrs.... It's a fun way to travel.
May 17, 2002 4:04PM

babyblue: Got it all wrong Chris. I was thinking along the lines of
January 9, 2002 2:44PM

Tim Nye: Unfortunately the link below got munged. This link
should be easier to cut and paste.
December 18, 2001 10:03AM

Tim Nye: Hello Chris,
Just wanted to let you know that I have put together a first attempt at a bibliography of Emett's work, located at Any feedback would be most welcome.
Best regards, Tim
December 18, 2001 8:11AM

Simon Goodyear: Hello,Chris. Wonerfull site, came here at the recommendation of the TCS e-group, very pleased to have done so. Are you aware of the series for post cards issued at the time of the festival, depicting the OC & FT. I was not born untill the September of 1951, however my parents visited the exhibition & travelled on the line whilst my mother was pregnant with me, does this count !!! I do have vivid recollections of seeing C.1957/8 a travelling exhibition lay-out modelled in '0' gauge, electricaly powered, of the OC & FT. It was circular and had a mountain in the centre which one of the trains climed on a spiral. From memory many of the components appeared to be Leeds Model Company products.Do you have any information on this model.
December 15, 2001 10:53AM

Peter Gurd: Hi Chris, I think we met at Leicester Abbey Pumping Station. Last week got the Wild Goose jigsaw at Bristol Railway Collectors Fair - good to get additional info from your site. I'm a Nottingham resident - I'll try to contribute info and pics of the Emett Water Clock - still in full flight! Peter Gurd
October 10, 2001 3:59AM

Graham Riley: Don't know yet
August 29, 2001 3:01PM

John: I've been trying to locate the original Emmett models for some time now but without success. Obviously Ontario managed to find something so this has really helped. Emmett worked at Ditchling in Sussex in the UK. and the local museum is as curious as I am. Hopefully we can now put another cog in the machine. Thanks.
July 19, 2001 11:58AM

kim: hoorah! I've only seen Rowland Emett's work in the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, where I grew up. The piece they have there, the S.S. Pussie Willow II, is an interstellar transport powered by a carpet. Send me your snail mail address and I'll send you a picture if you've never seen it.
May 24, 2001 11:14AM

James T: Aged 15 I went on a school trip to the Festival of Britain and retain fond memories of the FT&OCR, so very pleased to have discovered your website. Also running a few "trainsims" on the computer and just thought for a brief moment that Roland`s creations might be suitable candidates for something similar, but owing to their wonderful complexity fear not. James Turner Holmfirth.
April 29, 2001 10:42AM

Pam: Hi there nice to meet you in the chat.... this is a really well done website, keep up the good work. Please drop by my afghan site and my club
March 11, 2001 1:57PM

John Johnston: Thanks! - John
February 16, 2001 5:51PM

Donna: Chris, I ejoyed your site very much...Thank you for sharing it with me..It is truly inspirational and fun!!! Donna
February 13, 2001 11:28AM

Jeff Sissons: I was eight when I visited the Festival of britain site with my Aunty and Uncle. I remember seeing the Emett Railway and I made Two of the Puffin books festival railways card models. I am still making card models at the age of 56 !! and have been looking for a copy of the Emett Festival railway model for getting on twenty years. how nice to see a picture of it on your page. Would you happen to have the Puffin book number to assist me in my ongoing search for a copy of an original festival railway model. Many thanks Jeff Sissons. Cheltenham.
January 5, 2001 10:45AM

Charles Benzing: Thank you for your info about, and pictures by Roland Emett. As a small child my grandfather had a jigsaw of Tottering Junction, which I thoroughly enjoyed making. I didn't really know what it was called but when I saw the pic. I knew immediately. Although it was more than 40 years ago. I live in the South of England and would love to know if there was somewhere I could get prints and or a jigsaw puzzle. Regards Charles Benzing
November 26, 2000 11:07AM

PETER CARTER: I was 6 when the Festival of Britain was on, but still remembered the Emmett creations (and little else!)Having just toured the Millenium Dome, I was looking to compare, and your pictures helped bring it all back. Many thanks!
November 25, 2000 6:53AM

Mike Dowers: Great that someone has some pictures of emett's creations...does anyone know what happened to the railway and engines that were used in Battersea Park...were they destroyed or are they still operating somewhere ?
October 30, 2000 10:13PM

Mouse: Thanks for the tour, Chris! I haven't seen such nice trains in years...looks an awful lot more complicated than my model rockets!
October 6, 2000 7:07AM

Eddie Bellass: Fascinating and entertaining. As a former rivet counting technocrat I can see what I've been missing all these years. Well done Chris!
September 12, 2000 12:05AM

Baz: Truly fascinating, have you seen the clock in the Victoria Centre shopping centre(I refuse to use the American word Mall)in Nottingham?
September 9, 2000 12:37PM

Robert Fortin: Great stuff but you forgot to put yourself in the picture... oh ya who is taking the photo... :-)
August 27, 2000 10:46AM

martin d.packer: chris, great stuff! keep up the good work, martin ps please join the exhibitions & world fairs web ring as soon as possible? m.p.
August 24, 2000 10:43PM