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Once Upon a Time in the West (video)

Posted by Mikkel , in Videos, The Bay, Gallery 05 February 2010 · 1,713 views

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Here's a little video showing scenes and train movements at Farthing station - including the arrival, shunting and departure of the Westbury stopping train. It's 2,5 minutes long. Be warned that it features music, although only a quiet piano.

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Mikkel :icon_clap: :icon_clap: :icon_clap:

What a delightful video. Not too long, very atmospheric and great attention to detail.

I love the 'black n white' old movie effect - I had the impression the screen was going to go black and some Charlie Chaplin style white text on black background was going to appear!

Very inspiring - thank you for sharing.

Feb 05 2010 08:14
Wonderful. :)

Thanks for doing that Mikkel.
Many thanks Pete and Martin. It was fun to do, I've never tried this kind of thing before but was quite taken by the simplicity of Windows Movie Maker. I'm not a big fan of Microsoft and didn't even realize this programme was on my computer, but for a novice it seems quite intuitive and with some nice options.

Must get some better equipment though, my cheapo point-and-shoot camera is being stretched to the limit!
Nice one Mikkel, interesting use of the different media.

Thanks for posting.

Feb 05 2010 10:45
Now that's just gorgeous. Nicely shot and edited Mikkel. :icon_thumbsup2:
Well it's amazing how many different aspects there are to this hobby, isn't it. And the scope just keeps growing with all the new technology becoming available to the un-trained. Very easy to get distracted from good old-fahioned modelling Posted Image
That's really quite delightful Mikkel! I really enjoyed that and it brought a smile to the face, thanks for putting the time into doing that.
Hello Mikkel :)

I just had to add to all the praise for a fantastic video. Thank you for sharing that with us, absolutely brilliant!

Missy :D
Thanks both :) Actually it didn't take that long to do. The fact that the footage follows a standard operating sequence on the layout (arrival of train, run-round, adding stock, departure) made the "scripting" straightforward.

It's extraordinary just how much the music means though. I tried a heavy metal soundtrack just for the fun of it, which gave a completely surreal impression :D
Lovely stuff, Mikkel. I've seen so many model videos that just fail to inspire me, so I admit that my first thoughts on seeing this entry were "Oh no, why is he wasting time on this?" Then I pressed the play button...

It didn't take long to realise this was a bit different and that you've brought your story telling skills to a new medium. Just as with your photos and stories, the video succeeds in evoking the Edwardian atmosphere with your usual humour. Well done :icon_thumbsup2:

It's a fun way to waste time though Nick :D , although I'd agree it's sometimes more fun for the maker of the film than the audience :)

One thing I like about videos is how they show that the stock actually runs and the layout is operationable. I personally think there's a fine but important line between a model railway and an actual diorama, and videos can help bring out the operational aspect here on the web. Although I would hope it doesn't spell the end of exhibitions!

Not that there's anything at all wrong with dioramas as a hobby in itself, of course, which I greatly admire.
5 stars !! And that was your first attempt ?!?!!!!

Using the postcard images at the beginning really set the mood, I also like the transition from black and white video to colour back to colour. Reminded me of the film Phantom of the opera !

I really think the video allows remote viewers more feel for a layout than a photograph, thanks for taking the time to let us in !
Wonderfull, absolutely wonderfull!
Thanks halfwit and John, I guess the play with colours could have been taken much further by someone with experience in these kind of things.

There's something about those coloured-in postcards from Edwardian times that I find very appealing, even if the colours are sometimes rather unlikely! I tried to recreate it in the stills from the station shown in the video, but it's still not entirely convincing and needs more practice I think.

The transitions between black & white and colour are fairly easy to do in Windows movie maker, eg the last sequence is just two identical clips in which one is colour and the other is black & white, and these are then set to overlap in the "timeline" of the programme. Again, I'm sure someone more experienced could have made the transition completely smooth.
Mikkel.If you don't watch out you will become a GWR legend.Absolutely superb.
Thanks Rob, although that is quite an overstatement :lol:

A friend of mine saw this video and gently accused railway modellers of hopeless nostalgia. I then showed him photos of some great layouts featuring grotty diesels and grimy grafitti walls. That helped, but it doesn't get us steam modellers quite off the hook :D
Superb - What can I say - charming, captivating evokes a finer era - thanks
Second comment this evening from me on your work, but i really enjoy your approach to modelling,of which this video is just another example, so thankyou.

I don't know if you have seen this but i was sent it today and it is really very interesting...



...a finer era...

Hi Bill, yes Edwardian times certainly seem to have been quite sophisticated in some respects. Although of course this kind of modelling shamelessly romanticizes things. I'm sure all those trapped in poverty at the time would gladly swop with us :mellow: But I guess most of the really poor back then never did have much to do with the railways anyway?

I don't know if you have seen this but i was sent it today and it is really very interesting... http://www.flixxy.co...cal-footage.htm

Chris, that is amazing footage! Many thanks for sharing. Rouge driving was obviously also an issue then, witness eg the horse carriage which emerges suddenly from between two streetcars at 00:41! In fact, people are so daring I'm wondering if the camera was using a tele lens of some kind - or were they just not so health & safety conscious :)

As for the additional links beneath the video, the ride through Barcelona is quite fascinating too, although I can't seem to get the London one to work.
That was really nice Mikkle, could you produce a small running sequence with some other items of stock?


Hi Nick, yes will do, just need to get some other tasks finished first. I'd like to make a video showing the "Racing Day special" - but that means I have to paint the horseboxes first! Posted Image

Welcome to Farthing!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.


Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play


Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)


Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams


Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4


Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)


Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing


Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)


Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt one-planker (1)
Scratchbuilt one-planker (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons


GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)


C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"


GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn vehicle
Parcels van and coal trolley


Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests


Porters and Barrows
Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures


Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt


Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee


Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall
Lamps and Lamplighters


Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview


Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings


Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester


Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website


RMweb Workbench
Flickr photostream

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