Author Archives: Paul Rennie

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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Top Platforms GB • 2017

Here’s a picture of the station platform at Rannoch Moor. The photo is included in a book of the 100 best railway stations in Britain, compiled by Simon Jenkins. Rannoch is the high-point of the West Highland line between Glasgow … Continue reading

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Derelict Platforms • Spain • 2017

Here is a picture of the railway staion at Canfranc in Spain…nothing is as grand as ruins, and nothing is as disconcerting and anxious making as a derelict railway… This station used to be one of the largest in Europe, … Continue reading

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