Hornby • BBC4TV • 2019

The TV presenter, James May, has made a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Hornby PLC.

They are the go-to name for model railways in Britain. largely because they have been going for over 100 years and almost everyone remembers having a Hornby train set.

Nowadays, they have moved production to China, and have built a set of nostalgia GB brands including, Airfix model kits, Humbrol enamel paints, Corgi cars, and Scalextric racing sets.

Over the last ten years or so, the company has have a difficult time, with losses reaching thirty odd million pounds.

A new management team has pledged to return the brand to profit…by selling more stuff and cost-cutting. That’s not really a good enough plan, as it’s mostly about selling more stuff to their existing, elderly male customer-base.

They should be thinking about the model railway as a form of architecture of experience and as a kind of narrative environment…Also, they definitely need a better communication designer.

I’ve posted before, on this blog, about the scope for re-engaging with model-railways as a form of digitally enhanced architecture-of-experience and psychogeography…

https://bagdcontext.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2015/10/17/the-theoretical-train-set-or-once-more-with-feeling/

https://bagdcontext.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2015/10/04/the-psychogeographic-model-raulway/

 

 

 

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Overhead Railway Patch • Germany • 1960s

Here’s an anorak patch from the 1960s that I found today. It shows the overhead railway in Wuppertal, Germany.

Technically, the railway is a suspension railway, identified as the Electric Elevated Railway Installation. There was once something similar in Liverpool. Nowadays, this has the look of a future that might once have been…

The line was originally built at the end of the 19C, and began carrying passengers in 1901. Today, the railway has been entirely modernised and carries 82 000 passengers daily.

In the old days, these kinds of woven badges were sold as modest souvenirs to visitors. You could sew the patches onto the sleeves of your anorak, or onto your rucksack. I may put this onto one of my scarves.

 

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Railway Graveyard • France • 2019

This is the SNCF yard where they send engines when they’ve finished their working life…it’s massive, and has all sorts of engines and TGVs etc.

The yard is near Rouen.

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Model Railway 2019

The BBC news website recently had a story about a model railway layout…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-47163833

There’s go-pro ride-through the layout which is good.

The model is a re-creation of a the railway in Scotland at the beginning of the 1960s…it’s lovely, but all a bit run-down. Nothing is a grand as ruins.

I’ve posted before about the problem of feeling in relation to the model railway, here

https://bagdcontext.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2015/10/17/the-theoretical-train-set-or-once-more-with-feeling/

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Railway Art • T Cuneo • 1970s

Here is a painting by Terence Cuneo. It’s a picture of the railway yards in Boulogne, France.

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Steam Locomotive Models • 2019

Here are some wonderful live-steam engineered models of railway locomotives. I’ve put the link to the whole sale catalogue on my are.na page.

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Railway Photography • USA • TCR150

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Railway Photography • USA • TCR150

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Railway Photography • USA • TCR150

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Railway Photography • USA • TCR150

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