Layout photography

July 25, 2013

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Layout photography is an area I am becoming more involved in, particularly for BRM and Hornby Magazine. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing Greig Mackenzie’s OO gauge, DCC powered ‘Poulton-le-Fylde’ layout for BRM and my thanks to Greig for his time! He is a member of the Falkirk MRC and an excellent modeller as the two sample shots posted here demonstrate.

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Fine attention to detail (the detail itself is not at all over done) is a feature of this narrow compact layout. Buildings are fully lit and finished with interior details; including tiled toilets and booking office features. It was exhibited at the 2013 Perth exhibition (Perth MRC) where I saw it for the first time.

Another project was to photograph ‘Hazelbank’ for Hornby Magazine (OO gauge, 1970s and 1980s BR blue era). This is an older continuous run layout which has been thoroughly and carefully overhauled by its owner, Graeme Moyes. Graeme is a member of the Stirling & Clachmannan Model Railway Club which also exhibits Elliott Bridge and Airthrey Park regularly. It seems to me that BR blue and BR sector eras are favorite amongst the membership.

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Class 20s on a typical MGR coal working typical of the 1980s working on the overhauled Hazelbank.

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Some classic Scottish traction working a mixed freight. The quarry buildings and ballast loading sidings appear in the back ground of this view of Hazelbank.

My thanks to both clubs and the layout owners for taking the time out to allow me to photograph their creations. I am seeking more layouts of this quality based on the Scottish circuit for featuring in HM and BRM.



July 25, 2013

DB999508-2Even though I have been away from my blog for a few months, there has been some activity at the work bench. I finished off a 4mm scale model of Track Inspection Coach No. DB999508 in NR yellow recently. It will run with a NR yellow DBSO No. 9701 and a Class 31 – just for the fun of it.

Progress on my layouts has been at a stand still in recent weeks because of the very warm weather. With temperatures in the high 20s (degrees centigrade) and intense sunlight, the cabin has been a tad warm for comfort! A shot of the new Track Inspection Coach and a DBSO operating over Folkestone East was possible on one of the cooler days! The TIC was built from a multi-media kit produced by Britannia Pacific Models. The DBSO from a good old fashioned Airfix Mark 2d model. In fact, it was converted some time ago from a Pete Harvey kit and has been in finished condition for a while. It was featured in my blog pages a few months ago.