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Summer of '69

Chris Nevard





120429_4-track_DSC_4245, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.

During the long hazy summer of '69, D6313 is captured near Great Wishford on the Wylye Valley route with a Westbury bound goods.


The highly regarded Dapol Class 22 certainly looks the part on a secondary mainline with just a few wagons in tow. The unkempt finish and hazy light I think capturing the feel of the era which is now getting on for half a century ago. This is of course the era of free love, outdoor concerts and drug induced popular culture. Well, for a few dozen rich kids in Chelsea and Bath who could afford not to work and do very much as they wanted. For most, the 1960's was simply a little more plentiful and colourful than the 1950's, your normal working man still wore suits or overalls and had a short back and sides. These people are now all pensioners, which is quite scary to think, not because they're pensioners of course, just that it's now an awful long time ago.


Talking of a more colourful world, colour TV kicked off in 1967 on the BBC, with ITV following a couple of years later. Most people didn't have colour sets until 1972, this being due to the Olympics being broadcast in colour for the first time, and I gather the Yen was also rather weak which helped. I do remember a 'posh lady' down the road had a colour set to watch the few programmes broadcast in colour, the thing I most remember was that she had the colour saturation wound up so high that skin tones were bright red. I imagine she wanted to make the most of her telly which in today's money would be several thousand pounds, that and of course the more expensive TV license.


Back to the photo; you probably already know that this is the new(ish) Dapol Class 22 after a bit of weathering. I had thought of renumbering it, but I've never really been a number fanatic unless the former SDJR is involved, so for this reason it has remained as D6313. There so many variations between different locos, and because I'm in to atmosphere rather than number-crunching accuracy, I'd be opening myself up for a tirade of hate mail if I got the number wrong for the way the loco is detailed. But I get wound up about model railway bits that probably don't worry others, so each to to our own I guess (low pointless backscenes are my pet hate if you're asking).

  • More pics of the Dapol Class 22 here.

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Low pointless backscenes - hmmmm. My new layout has to fit the car so each board will only be 275mm high. So a removable frame at that height will protect the layout in the car and a real backscene (at least 500mm high) will be bolted on when it is in show mode. As I intend to run the layout at a height of 1200mm rail height, this makes the backscene almost impossible to see past - hiding all the distracting bits beyond the carefully stage-managed scene I have hopefully created!


I remember colour TVs - we were the first to have a B&W TV in Auckland NZ when TV started in the mid 60s. We got grainy, flickering, rolling images from 6pm to 10pm daily!!! Yeah. The other 20 hours a day were the test pattern.

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Good man - high backscenes are the way. I'm moaning about this silly ultra low ones which serve no purpose and usually have grubby finger prints on them.

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