Sunday, 2 August 2015

Failing to properly use a decent camera to photograph a model railway.

Instead of my pretty basic phone camera, I decided to use a proper camera with a zoom lense to photograph my static H0 scale Pacific Chapelon Nord avec 4 carriages.

Not very successful.

Currently listening to:

Currently reading:

A passage a day.

Finished - what an eye-opener on the con that was "The Last Waltz".
I can't stand that film as a result of reading this book.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Some pictures of H0 scale rolling stock.

Continuing with this pared down version of the blog.

Last week, I presented some pictures of a cheap static model of a locomotive standing at one of the platforms at the station on my layout.

I fished out some SNCF carriages from storage and added them to the scene.

Carriages by Jouef.

Currently listening to:

USB from Huntleys & Palmers
Currently reading:

Started reading this monster.

A passage a day.

Continuing to enjoy this.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

An H0 scale static locomotive.

Back to a slimmed down weekly version of the blog.

When on holiday in France recently I bought this plastic static model of a Pacific Chapelon Nord from a stallholder at a Vide Grenier (boot sale) for 7 euros. 90 seconds later I saw the same item on sale for 5 euros and it was in a box!

Static models are quite good for populating railway layouts.

Action shot of loco falling off its stand.

Lined up in the station.

The real thing.

Now preserved in France's National Train Museum in Mulhouse.
Currently listening to:

Noel Gallagher on Desert Island Discs
One of his 8 record selections was:

"Voodoo Ray" by A Guy Called Gerald
Currently reading:

On the strength of Levon Helm's book I've ordered 2 DVDs from Amazon.


Saw this film this afternoon at the cinema.

The story of Brian Wilson - pretty good.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

France 2015 Day 27:

Last night's dinner:

Paupiettes de veau pus creamed spinach

Raspberry and apricot tart
Last night's after dinner entertainment:

These boys seemed to make things up as they went along.

It was part music part song and .....

part oration. They were tremendous.

Usual bar entertainment.
And then these three maniacs.

And when we got home afterwards:

An episode of Maigret on TV with this locomotive as part of the action.

Last attempt to find an H0 scale model car or train at a Vide Grenier:

This one was held in nearby village of Tosse

In the UK there would be Badminton markings - here it's an indoor Pelote court.

Some interesting items - this was a ceramic parachute and clown - weighed a ton.
Wrong scale, unfortunately.

Charming tin-plate 2cv.

Alas, a clockwork H0 scale train set by Jouef.
We should have this arrangement in the UK.

Most convenient.

In the car park a real find.

A Renault Caravelle....wrong scale, unfortunately.
And kids mucking about on the Pelote court.
Currently listening to:

The soundtrack to my life these days:
Podcasts by Optimo or Huntleys and Palmers

Just started reading:

I think I'm going to enjoy this.