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CIWL Orientation

Moving on from the Hornby Thomas (R9287), we now come to models by Liliput and Pocher which arrived as a gift from Philip when I went to last Saturday's ever-excellent O Gauge American and Continental Exhibition at Winchester. 

Here are a few photos probably taken at the Landy carriage sidings outside Paris in the interwar years.  The Wagons Lits rolling stock is being serviced before being attached to various international expresses to run across Europe as through coaches, or indeed as complete trains  in various versions of the Orient Express.

First, a couple of dining cars.  The photo was taken around the time the varnished teak was giving way to the later blue livery.

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Here's a sleeping car in teak.  All ready for intrigue!

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Diner and sleeper, both in teak:

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This end shot of a dining car shows the space-saving storage lockers provided each side of the corridor connection:

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'Tis still just about the season, so a very Happy Christmas to all our readers!

Here's a suitable photo, of Jubilee "Hong Kong" with its parcels train heralding the delights of Christmas:

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Winter Sunshine

Seeing today's bright weather, the Fat Controller suggested Thomas should show off his new brake pipes and front coupling by posing for some photos with recently-arrived Annie and Clarabel.  Even the troublesome trucks were happy to join in the fun.

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Happy New Year 2019 Andrew,, Thomas looks real good with those two coaches, from down under.

 

 

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Catching the Winter Sunshine

We've had quite a few uncharacteristically sunny February days recently, but this was the first opportunity to dust off the railway, polish up the track and get something running.

These photos feature the DGR's stalwart BR Standard Class 4MT, first caught here crossing Foxdale Bank:

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Then here whistling a greeting to the Throstlebeck Sidings signalman

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And finally a bit of late afternoon glint (shame the offside front steps are missing, but such things tend to happen on garden railways):

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In between the still photography I was shooting video and trying to introduce smoke effects -- but that's another story.

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16 hours ago, Andrew said:

...We've had quite a few uncharacteristically sunny February days recently.....

It's been a fabulous month so far - certainly the mildest February since I began keeping records back in 2012. Unfortunately, unlike yourself, I have yet to take advantage and get anything running but it's always nice to see our garden railways wakening up after the winter, or in this case during it. Still plenty of time for a cold snap though.

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Adding smoke effects to a model railway

A first attempt is shown in this video:

https://youtu.be/meFiPPiyLRk

Plenty of scope for improving on these faltering first steps - as well as for getting the hang of my new video editing software.

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Nice first try. You will get it right sooner or later. Biggest problem is getting scale smoke. 

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