New garden railway film - Cyril and Daisy

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by PaulR, 14 September 2018.

  1. PaulR

    PaulR Western Thunderer

    I know it isn't finescale but I hope that anyone interested in the whimsical world in general and model railway history in particular will like this. It's the latest film I've made over the summer with my friend Peter on his Gauge 1 tinplate garden railway. I've taken a month off from my efforts in the MRJ Cameo Competition to get it finished and we're rather pleased with it:

    Being aware that there are some real experts in all things GWR on Western Thunder, I feel that I need to offer a disclaimer - we truly love the GWR but are not experts, so we concentrated on making it LOOK like the Great Western without getting carried away with the detail.

    The coaches are Bassett-Lowke tinplate GWR clerestory coaches and were manufactured in 1908 - they are 110 years old and still working - wonderful! Interestingly, Peter sourced them from different places over the years, and two actually have consecutive serial numbers. A bit of research showed that they were originally purchased together and are back working in a train together after 100 years. These coaches are quite rare these days.

    The prairie tank was made by an amateur model engineer about 50 years ago and has been repainted and generally smartened up. It's fairly rough, but to us it suits the general atmosphere of the film, and runs very nicely. To our untrained eyes it looks like strange mixture of a small and large prairie, so has been given an entirely fictitious number (no complaints please!).

    It was a buzz to make - I hope you like it.
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  2. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    it didn't bother me. It's wonderfully creative and a joy to watch. Thanks for posting.
  3. isambardme

    isambardme Active Member

    Brilliant evocation of the joys of garden railways & live steam. Impressive GWR atmosphere & coaches from 1908 too. I'm hoping to persuade my mate Dikitriki about the tremendous benefits of having a station on his G1 garden line, no luck so far, but...

    Thanks very much for this posting.

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  4. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    For some reason, I can't 'watch' the above video posted by Paul. Any clues?

  5. adrian

    adrian Flying Squad

    It's often a flash installation issue. You can check if you have the latest version installed using this link Flash Player Help If you have it setup to automatically update then it might required a browser or even computer restart for the new version to be recognised.
  6. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    It might help if you specified on what device(s) that you cannot watch the video.
  7. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Well, I've loaded the latest version and by right clicking the blank space in Paul's thread, the box says 'movie not loaded' :confused:. I did shut down and start all over again too.

  8. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    I particularly liked the angry looking cattle (3.27) on the crossing staring at the engine as to say "what are you doing here".
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  9. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    As I asked earlier - what device, OS and browser are you using?
  10. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    What's an OS? Browser is Google ordinary.

  11. daifly

    daifly Western Thunderer

    OS = Operating System - Windows XP, 7, 8, 10 etc or Mac High Sierra, Mavericks Yosemite etc.
    Device = iPad, iPhone, laptop, desktop, tablet etc.
    Google is a search engine. A browser might be Safari, Internet Explorer or Chrome etc.
    Last edited: 16 September 2018
  12. PaulR

    PaulR Western Thunderer

    Thanks for the kind comments and likes everyone. One way to find the film is directly on YouTube - Googling 'Garden Railway Story'. Our YouTube channel is 'Duck End Pictures'.
  13. Keith Phillips

    Keith Phillips Active Member


    Just watched the latest Duck End Pictures production and I have to say I really enjoyed it. Beautiful setting and lovely atmosphere to the piece. Thanks for taking the time to make it.

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  14. Cliff Williams

    Cliff Williams Western Thunderer

    I really like the shot at 7mins 12 seconds onwards lovely angle.
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  15. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    I think that it's Windows 7 :confused:. Don't worry, I'll look it up on YouTube
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  16. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    Watched it, wonderful!

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  17. Brian T

    Brian T Member

    Great stuff,brought a smile to my face.
    I do think a couple of the actors were obviously 'milking it' halfway through.....sorry,someone had to say it! :D

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  18. Bobbiskit

    Bobbiskit Member

    These Duck End films really are beautifully made. Brilliant story telling without words. More please.
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  19. TimberSurf

    TimberSurf Member

    Commented on the video, a wonderful piece of film making, a great garden venue and an amazing collection of figures (how many cows? :eek: :)) )
  20. PaulR

    PaulR Western Thunderer

    Thanks for the kind comments. As to cows, we only used about half of Peter's collection - he seemed to have boxes and boxes of them. I asked him why and he didn't really know, just said he's had them for years. He was a farmer once, so maybe that has something to do with it!
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