US Trackside…c1940s

Here’s a lovely old photo of a US steamtrain…I like the slightly out-of-focus roughness of the engine. And the trackside shack. That’s a beauty.

 

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Railway Postcard • c1910

Marvellous

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Railway Scarf • c1960s

K just found this lovely old scarf with trains on it…

I love the precise engineering drawing of these trains in elevation…they’re really flat looking; but also full of drama, life and elegance. Perfect.

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Duncan Weston • Network Southeast • Folkestone • 2017

Here’s a lovely picture by my friend and local artist, Duncan Weston.

Terrific.

 

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Choco Loco (Murder on the Orient Express) • St Pancras • 2017

Godiva Chocolates have made a celebratory choco-loco to co-incide with the opening of  Murder on the Orient Express. The original story is by Agatha Christie (1934). The story was made into an all-star film in 1974…and just now, in 2017.

The film has just opened to mixed reviews; but the model is pretty good. The model is an interpretation of the French SBCF class 241P.

This loco was a post-ww2 (1944) bigger and better development of the famous 231 engines that were perfected by the French mechanical engineer, Andre Chapelon, during the 1920s and 1930s.

These powerful engines pulled passenger expresses across France, and to theMediterranean coast. The power and speed of these engines was expressed through Arthur Honneger’s eponymous musical composition and in the film by Jean Mitry (1947)…

These powerful engines pulled passenger expresses across France, and to the Mediterranean coast. The power and speed of these engines was expressed through Arthur Honneger’s eponymous musical composition and in the film by Jean Mitry (1947)…

Image et Son (Mitry Honneger)

The film by Mitry is terrific…especially the first part of slow and careful make-ready with industrial noises…

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African Railway Hardwood Railway Sleepers in Folkestone • 2017

This morning I listened to ACME architects speaking about their place-making efforts on Folkestone’s seafront and harbour area…all very interesting and positive.

The new broadwalk is made of reclaimed African hardwood railway sleepers, probably of Azobe wood. This amazing timber is practically waterproof…that’s good, as it’s only a few feet from the sea!

A quick web search reveals that these timber railway sleepers were used extensively on African railways for most of the 20C. The railway system in Africa is being modernised by the Chinese and the sleepers are being replaced in pre-cast concrete…stronger and less expensive, but much less interesting.

The whole of the seaside development in the UK was facilitated by the railways…and so the whole thing of place- making in Folkestone is linked to the various forms of railway heritage that attach to the town. This is evident in the re-development and restoration of the Harbour station.

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Bert Hardy at the Station

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Railway Painting • 20C Mod Brit

Lovely.

19/11 We managed to buy this picture, and it arrived earlier this week. It’s better than I hoped and will scrub up very well in a new frame.

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Twentysix Model Railroad Layouts • Ed Ruscha redux • 1963/2017

In 1963, the US pop artist, Ed Ruscha published his Twentysic Gasoline Stations…this was a kind of photographic road trip with associated art works in print form.

Someone should do the same with railroad stations and model railway layouts…

In fact, I have begun to see how the psychgeographical model railway could be amplified through reference to specific fine artists…in the US context; maybe Hopper, Sheeler and Benton…and brought up-to-date with Ruscha.

Perfect.

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Miniature CSM • Railway Model • 2017

It’s October, and I visited the local model railway exhibition with my friend, Alan, at the weekend.

You can imagine how pleased I was to see this model of the Granary Building at King’s Cross, with the new CSM…except that it was part of the background to a US freight layout…but pretty close.

I’ve posted before about the local model railway show.

The Psychogeographical Model Railway…

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