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  1. I see them quite regularly out of Marylebone in what I find a much nicer livery .... I have always quite liked them - its nice to have a separate loco. The buffers are much less obvious when viewed from the platform.
  2. Likewise I am far from convinced that it is a case of either/or. We all have our preferences. Personally I think the class 68 has merit .... though on the other hand I think one could argue there is a consensus beyond the bounds of this thread that the Wainwright is indeed elegant (whether it is to your taste or not). I have a particular liking for the style and elegance of Johnson's slim boilered locos (as a set from 0-6-0 tanks through to the express singles) ... which I think are very elegant and well conceived as pieces of aesthetic design enhanced by a wonderful and harmonised colour and lining scheme (not so fond of the class 68 on the livery front). However that doesn't preclude me seeing the merit of the more powerful stance and lines of the later compound. Ditto for Gresley's masterpieces or indeed a King or Castle class. Nor does it preclude me having a soft spot for the Deltics and indeed the 125s. It gets more difficult where the contemporary scene is concerned as time and a retrospective eye can be cruel (as indeed it was to a fair number of steam designs if we are talking about pure aesthetics.
  3. Sweaty Fingers ..... SWEATY FINGERS ...... SWEATY FINGERS ......
  4. looks a bit recent to me ... another angle
  5. If a good or interesting picture exists .... which may show something of interest to many or a detail in particular clarity .... should this not be made available by publication because there is doubt about some other aspect? ... and if there is doubt but an informed suggestion can be offered, should this also be rejected - after all it may well be correct. The critical thing surely is clarity of the status of the information imparted?
  6. Random I Know .... and nothing to do with anything .... but ....
  7. so .... what colours would there actually have been in this image? Obviously the loco will be a vibrant splash of green. Presumably the station canopy edging will be grimy cream? .... not sure about the columns - would they have been cream with a green base? Then we have the tracks which I hazard would have a degree of orange rust, coupled to whatever the local ballast colour might be. The signals themselves will add to the variety ... and then we have the shed/warehouse in the background - presumably a deep industrial red of sorts? The variation of tone suggests quite a richness. And finally, given the reasonably strong shadows I suspect the sky is blue coupled to a warm sunny hue on what it touches. A very evocative black and white photo to be sure ... but perhaps not a wholly true representation of the reality? I would love to see a skilful model of the same scene to fill in the blanks. I love films like this.... And it must have been even more vibrant pre war I assume.
  8. But even when dirty ... they passed through a landscape (however industrial) of colour. All the photos however are black and white. So we never get a proper feel for the reality of what it must have been like ..... a bit like we have a complete misconception of gothic cathedrals which back in the day were a riot of painted colour not austere stone. It is for this reason I think that I like photo's of model railways to be colour .... it gives some inkling of what must have been and acts as a counterbalance to the countless books of photos. Why shoot models in black and white unless you are looking for an 'art' shot? .... when you can go to the photos of the real thing for that.
  9. But of course .... I wasn't talking about the photos taken or those avidly poured over in magazines .... but rather what you observed with intense excitement with the naked eye - and yes ... through the lens of your own Camera ... in magnificent full colour !!! Live steam no less - which sadly for many of us it is only possible to get an inkling of through the prism of black and white, and to some extent the sanitised heritage scene. Mallard in Blue .. the flying scotsman in Green ... not to mention the glorious LMS in Crimson Lake ... Surely you don't remember those Halcyon days in black and white ? however nostalgic the photos might be.
  10. That is a fantastic picture of Copenhagen Fields Tony .... and for me it is the colour photo all the way. I can't believe you remember your trainspotting days in black and white! I also feel hoisted by my own petard a little ... I have seen Copenhagen fields in the flesh a couple of times now, and your photo certainly adds to my experience of it, which is not to say that I was in anyway disappointed by the layout in the flesh - though to my mind viewing from so far above coupled to the smallness do rob it of something ... it feels a little like viewing from an aeroplane. Tim
  11. I don't know if this runs against the grain somewhat ... but my view on photographing models is that they are very much models. They can never look like the real thing as it is impossible to simulate actual weather conditions, distance, personal interaction etc etc - so why try? But that's fine .. the models themselves are tantamount to works of art in many cases, and worth photographing and celebrating in their own right. When I see photos of Gordon Gravvatt's landscape modelling I marvel not because I think it is real, but because of the skill with which he has conveyed a sense of realism and so transported my imagination, whilst at the same time allowing me to marvel at the technical skill. I like the black and white images ... but for me they play down the skill and breadth of the modelling which is present in the colour images, and at the same time don't exploit the artistic qualities of the black and white medium. Taking that analogy further, I would also comment that model railway photography seems very much to be a recording exercise ... very skilful but not necessarily adding anything. This being the case, for me it will always be second best to seeing the real model ... this is not necessarily the case with the finest railway images which capture a fleeting moment in time and manage to convey atmosphere and emotion alongside recorded fact.
  12. Thanks Tony ... that means a lot. Of course I don't post all the mistakes and cock ups I have had to undo on the way ... just those pictures when I have got to a stage that I am happy to move forward with. It is the 3rd set of coupling rods, the frames have been together twice to ensure no binding and there were a few different attempts at the sub assemblies ... but all is running smoothly now! It will all be quicker and easier the next time round ..... hopefully. List of my builds to date:- A Nucast Y7 - first bought in 1991 and returned to in 2014 on discovering the Right track videos ... not a great outcome but I keep it none the less. DJH Barney ... which I have posted before. 51L, MR Diagram 351 8T Open Goods Wagon in white metal Mousa MR 7 plank wagon in etched brass 51L 6 wheel Clayton 3rd in etched brass. MR D299 scratch built from Plasticard MR 3 plank wagon scratch built from plasticard. .... And I have now started the Johnson 1F above. ...... That's the lot so far .... at this rate I shall be dead before I have enough stock for Monsaldale
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