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  1. In this film we are once again at the Lower Marshalling Yard and D7672 with a mixed goods arriving via the reception/despatch road and into the headshunt. After disposing of the brake van, the two vans at the rear of the train are then split to a separate siding and the remainder is shunted into another siding. The locomotive then takes an unfitted brake van from the brake van road and separates it before picking up a train of bogie well wagons from another siding and attaching the brake van to the train. Pauses. To the north of Trenholme Junction, in the far distance, another Class 24, D7645, appears on the horizon and drifts down the Long Incline before disappearing into the distance at the south end, followed by our train.
  2. Looking through the windows of the Lower North Signal Box on a miserable day.
  3. Its been quite while since the last Marshalling Yard film has been produced. There is probably no greater pleasure, (for a rail enthusiast), than to sit on an embankment and watch shunting operations breaking up and re-forming trains. Here, a Class 16 type 1 diesel is deputising for the usual 08 shunter and is making up a train of empty tankers before hauling them off to the Upper Marshalling Yard to meet its locomotive for the onward journey. More special effects experimentation with these scenes, using the lower level in this case and removing the upper. There's a new update on the blog (see comments) Latest Computer and Software Specs.
  4. In this film the activity is centred on the long incline which links together the upper and lower levels at Trenholme Junction. At the bottom of the incline is a four into two junction reminiscent of Bowesfield Junction in at Stockton (next to the original Booking Office of the Stockton to Darlington Railway) where the lines diverged north to the coal fields and south to Eaglescliffe. At the top of the incline, a sophisticated junction splitting the tracks into two tunnels, Upper North Station and the Upper Marshalling Yard. The first Black Five with a tanker train enters through the Upper North West Tunnel, glides through the station across the junction and down the incline to the Lower South Junction. A Rat, on a shorter tanker train then ascends the Long Incline and joins the goods line avoiding the station roads. The second Black Five then ascends the incline and crosses the upper junction and leaves by the North West Tunnel. Finally, A DMU leaves the Upper East Station and pauses at the Upper North Station before leaving by North West tunnel, whilst an 08 puts in an appearance and wanders off to the Upper Marshalling Yard with some coal trucks.
  5. In this film we see a locomotive which probably never made it to the North East but it is one of my favourite early Diesels. This is such a superb running and highly detailed model its a shame not to run it. We follow it and its train emerging from the tunnel at the Upper North station and crossing the North Junction and down the long gradient to the lower level. Once the junction is clear, then a BR Standard class on parcels duties arrives at the north end of the lower level on the goods lines and crosses over to the passenger lines just north of the Lower East Station and passes through the station and off into the distance. These scenes are taken from previously issued videos and are practice pieces to experiment with different techniques for interchanging model and real world scenarios.
  6. In this film the cameraman has moved to the Upper West Station at Trenholme Junction for a day out watching the the trains go by. I have not filmed this station very much in the past because it was difficult to get a good long shot without showing the lower level, and the floor. My recent, work producing the hybrid, model and real world, has opened up new possibilities and now this area of the layout can be filmed as well as anywhere else. Model railway and Yorkshire scenery. Extremely heavy.
  7. Another short practice piece, testing new computer and software, this time on the lower level at Trenholme Junction. This video opens up more possibilities of camera angles when the camera is facing the other side of the layout and removes the back of the 'other side from the shot and the upper level as well.
  8. The weather has turned and we have a sunny day down at Trenholme Junction. A Black 5 and its train of mineral wagons sweeps around the southern curve and ambles up the long drag past the Upper Marshalling Yard, through the Upper North Station and on off into the distance. The scene opens with the train on the lower level, mainly model with the sky as the only enhancement, gradually, as the it moves towards the last scene more and more of the model is replaced by real world video until all the scenery is real. Continuing the theme of blending model and real world. Heavy.
  9. A thoroughly miserable, windy, dull day looking south from the South Signal Box as a Black 5 drifts past with a train of bulk grain wagons returning south from the whiskey distilleries of Scotland.
  10. This is the second experimental video in this series and this one explores the possibility of straightening out the corners of the the train shed. There are no corners in the real world. For those who keep asking how its done, I use Magix Vegas Pro 17 Post which is a video editing software package. The model is shot in the train shed complete with floor, walls and ceiling in the shot. The background (walls and ceiling) are removed by a combination of Chroma Keying (blue screen) and Masking and replaced with the video of the view which was shot around the area where I live. The foreground (floor and baseboard edges and layout lower level) is then masked out using Bezier Masking and replaced with the video of the lower part of the outdoor video. If there is enough interest in the post production, I may be persuaded to make a video on exactly how its done.
  11. This short video is experimental. Prompted by a suggestion from one of my subscribers', (thank you Mark), I decided to have another go at replacing both the back scene and the foreground in this production. Tried before to do this but software and hardware not up the the job. New software, Vegas Post, is definitely up to the job. Please do not be too critical, still learning how to use it. Anyone who follows the channel will know I have a thing about distance, this model was built to show a railway in a natural setting with long straights. Extending the horizon with a background video certainly adds depth but adding a foreground video adds a certain breadth as well. Good to see the grass and the weeds blowing about as well as the clouds and the trees. Moorhen mum and the two chicks are making their debut the beginning.
  12. In this film we are at the North High Level Station at Trenholme Junction simply just watching the trains breeze through on this clear Spring day with not a cloud in the sky. Heaven comes in simple pleasures.
  13. There's a change in the weather at Trenholme Junction this week and storm clouds are gathering as we settle down to watch the trains passing by. Ex-works pacific is on running in trials with the milk train whilst the Black Five hurries through on a semi fast passenger train. A Warship passes with a bulk grain train and a Rat passes north to south with a train of new cars, a Land Rover and Anglia van for the Post Office and others of unknown make and model in the Mogo vans at the rear. Finally, another Black Five traverses the south junction and into the Lower Marshalling Yard to collect the breakdown train.
  14. I took advantage of some good weather to film the backgrounds for this episode. The lack of any vapour trails which are a familiar sight for us nowadays, virtually did not exist at the time period Trenholme Junction is depicting. In my ongoing quest to blend the model and real world, this film is another exercise in creating the huge distances in which the railways exist in the real world. There's a new version of the software here which helps with the blending process. All diesel powered in this film, re-creating the sights and sounds witnessed by a young boy and inspiring a lifetime interest in the subject. Note the birds and the insects buzzing about in the final scene.
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