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  1. Continuing the sequence of Watching films we open this one with a grubby black 5 on a short tanker train heading through Trenholme Junction from South to North past the Lower East Station and Lower Marshalling Yard. Once cleared through the 08 Shunter heads off from the Station bay Platform and traverses the Main Lines and into the Marshalling Yard headshunt where it picks up its brake van and moves off into the Loco Spur. The Class 16 sets off, after waiting patiently for a clear road to pull out of the siding with a mixed goods rake of wagons. The task is to remove the tankers from the rake and make up a new train. After several movements, the empty tanker train is completed with a brake van and heads south from the yard.
  2. This film opens with a Stanier rushing from the south to north through Trenholme Junction with an express, followed by a Class 20 with a couple of parcels vans. The class 20 deposits the vans into the station bay platform, and continues its journey, also heading to the Diesel Depot. The class 15 ventures into the marshalling yard and pulls a number of wagons forward in preparation for sorting into new train. The 08 runs around its short train and shunts the parcels van into the station bay platform with the two previously left by the class 20. Finally, an ex GWR Hall passes rapidly from north to south with a train of 6 wheel milk tanks.
  3. Standard Class 73082 heads towards the Lower Marshalling Yard with a train of empty mineral wagons and pauses adjacent to the Diesel Shed while a Crab with a southbound express passes. The Standard then crosses all the main running lines and draws to a halt in the reception/dispatch road at the marshalling yard. Once uncoupled from its train, the locomotive moves forward to join the Class 15 diesel to await its next turn of duty. The two car Diesel Multiple Unit eases out from the station bay platform and picks its way through the crossovers and heads north through the junction. The 08 shunter removes the brake and utility vans from the recently arrived trains and moves them to the headshunt. Finally, 73082 reverses onto the train of vans and heads off south.
  4. The Standard Class and its train of fish vans continues its journey through the junction and off to some far off place. Back at the Lower Marshalling Yard the Class 15 detaches itself from the mixed goods train it brought in earlier and runs round to the loco road. The Class 08 Shunter first couples up to the mixed goods train and then pushes onto vans and then pulls the whole train forward into the headshunt. Meanwhile, a tanker train headed by a Super D G2A passes through the North End station and drifts down the long incline and crosses the south end of the junction. Finally the 08 places its train into two sidings in the marshalling yard.
  5. Trenholme Junction is a model railway set in the North East of England in the early 1960's. Its a project to show what the railways in the UK looked like before they were decimated. In this this film, a Black 5 hauls a train of bulk grain wagons, no doubt returning from the distillery's in Scotland, through the station avoidance road and crossing the Junction at the North End, passing the Lower Marshalling Yard and pausing at the station whilst a fish train traverses the South Junction before continuing on its way. This is followed on the goods tracks by an 'out of the area' Prairie Tank with some vans which it delivers to the reception road before heading back with its Guards Van.
  6. The class 31 and its short two coach local service departs the Main Station and gently stops at the Lower East Station. D1916 Class 47 moves from the reception road towards the Diesel Shed and awaits at the crossover. A class 15 arrives from the same direction with a mixed goods train and comes to a halt in the reception/departure road at the Main Marshalling Yard. The local service departs the Lower East Station and heads north and D1916 completes its journey to the Diesel Shed to await its next turn of duty.
  7. The class 31 and its short two coach local service departs the Main Station and gently stops at the Lower East Station. D1916 Class 47 moves from the reception road towards the Diesel Shed and awaits at the crossover. A class 15 arrives from the same direction with a mixed goods train and comes to a halt in the reception/departure road at the Main Marshalling Yard. The local service departs the Lower East Station and heads north and D1916 completes its journey to the Diesel Shed to await its next turn of duty.
  8. In this film the 08 Shunter is on Station Pilot duty at the Main Station at Trenholme Junction. The recently arrived passenger train headed by Deltic D9004 is terminating the service here. The Deltic uncouples from the train and makes it way to the Deisel Shed. A DMU passes by and makes its way to the Lower East station on a local service. The Shunter pushes the passenger stock into the South Carriage Sidings. An ex-GWR tank locomotive with a train of mineral wagons ambles by on the goods lines. The Shunter then removes suburban stock from the North Carriage Sidings and places them into platform 5. Finally, a 4-car DMU leaves the North Station and travels to the Main Station. This is a hybrid film, using previously released footage and new scenes with sky background added.
  9. This film is a re-edit of a combination of some scenes made a while ago with new ones. The new ones are continuations of the original scenes, extending their stories beyond what was produced before. The reason for this run of hybrid films is to give me a chance to learn the new techniques for producing content which combines the model and real world together. A simple straight forward production takes me about 1 hour to produce 1 minute of video, but this technique takes 3 times that. Using previous footage gives me more time for practicing the post production. A Class 25 leaves the MPD at the north end of Trenholme Junction and heads for the north carriage sidings where she picks up a rake of ex LMS and exGWR coaches and places them in Platform 5 ready for loading. Standard class 5MT 4-6-0 73158 with a parcels train enters the junction at the north end on the goods line and traverses the the ladder and passes the Lower East Station without stopping and then proceeds to the mail/goods station at the Main Station, pausing to load, and then leaves via the tunnel. The Class 25 and its now loaded train leaves the north end of the junction. Finally, in the lower Marshalling Yard, the 08 Shunter D3963 takes over from Class 47 D1916 and removes the breakdown train from the reception/departure road and places it in the sidings, awaiting its inevitable next turn of duty.
  10. There a different types of detail which can be sought after when building a model railway. It can be the design of the track work, weathering the rolling stock and buildings or maybe the natural world in which the railway sits. Most modellers are usually better a some than others. In this current series of films I am attempting to use video editing software to adding effects to the films I usually make to add a modern dimension to hobby, in the hope of attracting a younger generation. I think its important, if you do something like this, to make it as detailed as it possible. The principle of putting two (or more) videos together is not new, but this application is different from the usual weather forecaster standing in front of a blank screen. The early efforts of the weather forecaster resulted into the forecaster with a 'heavenly halo' around them. The joining together of the two images is the most difficult parts of producing the composite image. To get this right, a lot of practice is required to get the blend detail correct. Once mastered many other effects can be added without taking away the original model. As in this and the last few films I have been using scenes from previously released films and re-editing them into full screen and adding the sky effect. New scenes has been added to continue the story.
  11. This is another film which combines previously released clips which have been enhanced to full screen size and the addition of sky background. The original clips have been merged with new footage to extend the original stories. This is further exploitation of the 'Infinite Layout' principle. The 08 Shunter is on Station Pilot duties removing the ex-LNER coaching stock from the south carriage sidings and placing them in the Main Station, ready for its locomotive. The Breakdown Train enters the North end of the junction and runs through Platform 5 heading south to the Lower Marshalling Yard.
  12. In this weeks film we start off with a Class 24 arriving at the Main Station to pickup a parcels train from platform 5. The first couple of scenes were filmed a little while ago and have been re-edited into this film and the sky effect has been added. The train exits the junction via the long incline. The Warship with its train of empty mineral wagons which has been waiting patiently in the up line goods road leaves via the north junction, followed by a Black 5 with a grain train bound for a distillery somewhere in Scotland.
  13. Trenholme Junction is a model railway purpose built as a film set. The idea is to use mini cameras to film the trains from the same angle a child would see them from. When the set was originally built the quality of the cameras was so poor the detail of the walls of the building couldn't be seen clearly and there didn't seem any point in plastering them. As cameras however, have become so good, the details of the block-work walls have become more prominent and are spoiling the overall effect. In the last few films I have been adding a sky effect to the films in post production to take away and this film has a cloudy effect. My idea of the 'Infinite Layout' (see link in YouTube notes) is also continued in this film where the views of the trains in the Main Station area were filmed some time ago and have been joined to the new filming and the sky effect has been added to both parts.
  14. Building a model railway requires the mastering of many skills, most of which cannot be learned overnight. In the recent past, the planning of the layout, building of the baseboards, track laying, electrical wiring, erecting and placing the buildings and adding the scenery was a minimum requirement. In the modern world you can add a reasonable level of computer related jargon, including a level of understanding sophisticated control systems, and an understanding of electronics as well. Trenholme Junction was built as a film set with the purpose of producing films and therefore this skill set has to be expanded to include script writing, camera and filming skills and post production. Within post production, a high degree of computer literacy, a powerful video editing application and a computer man enough to do the job is also required. In the last few weeks, the films I have produced are taking the presentation of the films to a new place, including real-life backgrounds and the model, merging the two together. As with any new skill, getting it right takes some practice and there are a number of issues that needed a little refinement. In this film, the concentration is getting a clean merge between the real and the model. In the opening two scenes note the handrails on the tank, the telegraph poles and the birds flying across. A small section is also added to the end to further exploit the 'infinite layout' concept.
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