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.
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)…
The film by Mitry is terrific…especially the first part of slow and careful make-ready with industrial noises…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rannoch is the high-point of the West Highland line between Glasgow and Mallaig…
The vernacular buildings of the 19C railway provide a very good way of discovering Victorian architecture…you sit on the train, get out, and look around…what could be better.
This station used to be one of the largest in Europe, with a platform 200 metres long! It’s grand and derelict…brilliant.
Here’s a terrific photograph of passengers on an Indian railway journey…they’re sitting on the roof!