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  1. Hi Mikkel, A very interesting post. You create a totally absorbing sense of time and place. One thing, and I know how much of a detail man you are so you'll probably appreciate this/go bonkers trying to figure it out, but of course horses produce an imprint on their environment. Have you considered that the ground around the tracks would likely be marked and rutted with shunting and delivery horse hoof prints? Take a walk around the periphery of a stable block and you will find (depending on the time of day) manure/straw/bedding and dubious stains in various corners and crevices too! Also, may I heartily congratulate you on your sense of colour scale and tone. So important to get this right. It's an art. From my neck of the woods, I attach a scan for your interest of a photo of Mr Arthur Challis, coal and coke merchant, with his horse and coal delivery cart. Most probably taken in Alexandra Road, Wimbledon in 1905, which is the year his business was established. He was successful enough to be ordering a brand new coal wagon "No.20" from Charles Roberts in 1931. In the background is a poster with the letters "PSA", which was the "Pleasant Sunday Afternoon" Society, a semi-religious movement set up to encourage men not to spend their Sunday afternoon in the pub. All best, Matt CHALLIS photograph of coal cart horse and merchant Wimbledon c1905 720dpi.pdf
  2. Hi Mikkel, Long time since I last commented, but I was researching railway accidents (as you do) and came across this leaflet: https://www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-04/the-safety-movement-1914-LOW.pdf?_ga=2.60822444.1812258583.1594485049-478566534.1594485049 which instantly made me think of your fantastic "posed" dioramas. This is kind of life imitating art, with a bit of time travel thrown in! If you've already seen it, then this is just by way of a hello and happy modelling anyway! Best, Matt
  3. Hi Gilbert, Long time no post, but I saw this and thought of you! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Railway-Signal/174002135366?_trkparms=aid%3D333200%26algo%3DCOMP.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D40733%26meid%3D338306900d224d949ce3bce03f93a0a8%26pid%3D100008%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D223639247379%26itm%3D174002135366%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100008.m2219 Yes, I'm sure you fancy a real GNR somersault signal :-) Matt
  4. Hi Gilbert, Apologies if all in the know, but FS due through platform 4 Peterborough this morning 10:32. (The 12" to the foot one) All best, Matt http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U53516/2017/04/20/advanced
  5. Hi Mikkel, Fascinating reading. Thanks for sharing. There's a book in there somewhere! Have you seen the Historic England (formerly English Heritage) book on Goods Sheds btw? Available as a real book, but digital link is here: https://content.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/railway-goods-shed-and-warehouse-in-england/the-railway-goods-shed-and-warehouse.pdf/ Not GWR, or indeed railway, but a stable link which you might also find interesting, a Victorian municipal stable which survived intact and was recorded in detail: http://brentfordandchiswicklhs.org.uk/local-history/buildings/chiswicks-municipal-stables/ All best, Matt
  6. Dear Gilbert, I was at Winchester station last Saturday and saw a chap "sitting" on a platform bench that made me think of Peterborough North and previous conversations about "proper" reality versus actual reality! I was tempted for a fleeting moment to go over and "right" him to an acceptable position, but wisely thought better of it. All best, Matt
  7. Absolutely love the bridge Gilbert, the depth of field it creates is transformational. I agree that its a shame that the "backscene" you pinned to the shelves front (?) casts a shadow behind the bridge, as this diminishes the effect of distance...as the eye expects to see a "fading off" of tone as distance increases. Could you not just afix the backscene to the back wall, so that light falls on the area behind the bridge? That would do it and increase the sense of depth? Anyway, just a thought. Keep up the splendiferous modelling. Regards, Matt
  8. Hi Gilbert, been away so catching up... :imsohappy:Re you photo of 61666, I can smell that photo! Hot metal, oil and a whiff of paraffin and sulphur. My instinct was to warm my hands on the monitor ...lucky I work for myself, that would have looked a bit odd :imsohappy:dropped an emoticon!
  9. I'm sorry chaps, I should have added to the last post I was referring to post #7924. Gilbert, I have visions of Duck suspended from the ceiling "Mission Impossible" style to add the necessary swallows to the telegraph wires?
  10. As one of 4 members that offered observations about the poles, certainly on my part you can call it feedback rather than "criticism", I'd just like to say that this is a forum, and for my part I was very positive, and greatly respect and appreciate what Gilbert, his staunch ally and supporter Duck and all the contributors to the Magnum Opus that is PN is. I feel it a little unfair to be apparently censured for contributing to the thread, as this post puts me off doing.
  11. Dear Gilbert and Duck, with the greatest respect and positivity, I'm going to stick my neck out and use my architectural eye on this one: Duck the telegraph poles are impressive, HOWEVER, being absolutely empirical, I would say that - taking the famous one with 17 struts in front of the station, if you compare the photo that started it all (image 4, post #7905), to the model (image 5) the issue is I believe this: It is not that the poles are too high per se, but that the struts are slightly too far apart, so the proportions are the issue. If in the original you measure the distance between strut 1 and 17, you can see that it is approximately 4/5ths of the height of the 2 storey building in the original photo. Compare this with the model (image 5) and the struts span approximately 6/5ths of the height of the 2 storey building. Anyway, I hope this is taken in the spirit of helpful constructive advice! I'll get my (GPO) coat. Matt
  12. Speaking of figures, I agree that the model persons available are often a distraction, since a. any figure captured "in motion" is always jarring as clearly it isn't, then b. it's hard to find a decent model person to start with, then c. they are often painted crudely (gloopy paint and glaring tones) and d. all too often "standing" at "three sheets to the wind" unnatural poses. However, I've stumbled upon these figures created by Alan Buttler just recently, and they change the game: https://oswestryworks.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/modelu-first-steps/ So Gilbert you can scan yourself and Duck into the scene if you wish?! All best, Matthew
  13. Dear Gilbert, I'm sure that I already replied to this post on the subject of "wet and gloomy" weather on layouts, but it seems to have disappeared from the record so I must have done something wrong. So, forgive me if I am repeating myself, but followers of moody atmospheric layouts may be interested in Jim Smith-Wright's Brettell Road project: www.p4newstreet.com/category/brettell-road Also, this layout/diorama: Brooklyn 3am www.carendt.com/small-layout-scrapbook/page-87-july-2009/ Not that I am suggesting you spray the entire layout with Klear and put umbrellas on all the spotters... All best, Matthew
  14. I went to a DCC conference at Pecorama a few years back, and they had a demonstration layout with 7mm diesels which the chaps not only had DCC sound in, but also coordinated CLAG...I asked them what it actually was, and they admitted they added a drop or two of real diesel to the smoke oil in the smoke generators! I tell you what, it looked good, and smelt "right"...but it was also asphyxiating! Not a great idea in a confined space! Probably somebody somewhere has a link to it or its on t'web.
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