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Very nice and the camera trickery is most convincing


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Like DWB's comments, I too like the pix.

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Very, very nice & great pic's as well.

Excellent modelling & I really like the cameo scenes - the lighting add's a touch of atmosphere .

Thanks for posting the pictures.
 

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Thanks very much for the comments lads. The trickery picture was taken from this :



I can't unfortunately take all the credit for the layout as it has been built in the main by myself and three other mates. It was started as a club layout but the club got evicted from the premises they were in and the layout looked doomed to being put in store ad infinitum. Eventually I was coerced into homing it in my garage were it was partially stripped and rebuilt over the last six months or so. It is still far from being finished as it still lacks any form of signalling but all in the fullness of time it is intended these will get added.

There are loads of other pictures I have taken if anybody is interested.
 

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>There are loads of other pictures I have taken if anybody is interested.
I'll vote for that - bring 'em on!

All these "completed" layouts are the inspiration I need to keep plugging away at my own project. I haven't posted any information for a while but I'm still at the control panel. In a photo, one wire looks pretty much like the next.

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Here are some more. Some are earlier shots taken before the layout got quite as advanced as it is now:

































Sorry if I got a bit carried away there. Any criticism / comments welcome - good or bad!

(I can't understand why some have come out different sizes to others. I thought I'd resizerd them all to the same size).
 

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Please continue - the more I look the more I like (especially the wooden fence in the background).

Nice to see such a high standard of modelling.
 

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Great photographs. Are they close-ups or cropped from larger pictures? I only ask because of the great depth of field in some of them. I like the variety of figures too, can you tell us where they came from?
Scale and gauge aren't mentioned either. Some of those pictures could be 7mm as could some of the figures. Great atmosphere too.
 

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Thanks again for the comments chaps. The layout is 7mm but I'm afraid I can't tell you where the figures came from as they were from an earlier layout which I had no involvement. I will find out for you though and post again. The pictures are mostly 'as taken' although one or two were subject to some minimal cropping. For anyone interested the camera I used was a Canon EOS400D fitted with a Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM lens. Depth of field was achieved but stopping the lens right down (f36) although some were purposely taken at much large apertures in order to 'pick out' the subject.
 

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 8 Apr 2007, 20:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Very nice.

None of the photos gives any clue to the origin of the layout's name. Have you actually got a bit of canal somewhere on the layout? Or is the 'lock' something else?
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Hi John. That's a very good point. The history of Porters Lock goes back a very long way and can be traced as far back as the period around the time of the Doomsday Book. The story is a long one but suffice to say the essence revolves the brickworks which was owned by a descendant of William the Conqueror namely Lord Porter. These brickworks were originally serviced by means of a short canal built by Lord Porter to connect to an existing canal some 9 mile away. Unfortunately the local terrain necessitated this short connecting canal to be slightly higher than the main canal and a single lock was required at the entry point to the main canal. This lock became known as Porters Lock and with the passing of time, the whole area right up to the brickworks itself became known as Porters Lock. The water level in this higher connecting canal was maintained by pumping water from a local stream by means of a pumping station, the derelict building of which can be seen in the photo of the policeman talking to the tramps. Eventually with the coming of the steadily advancing railway system and the obvious advantages of the same an agreement was reached between brick company and the GWR to build a short branch to serve the brickworks. After much discussion and as the main line ran adjacent to the main canal, it was decided that the most cost effective method of building this branch would be to infill the canal and run the railway over its level course thus avoiding costly earth works. In view of this, the station actually stands on part of the former Porters Lock canal.

I know that's very brief John but I hope it explains why the station is called Porters Lock.
 

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Thanks for the info about the name - I do like it when people develop a background history for their layout, it helps to add to the atmosphere of the layout if you are aware of it.
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QUOTE (CeeDeeI @ 8 Apr 2007, 12:59) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Great photographs. Are they close-ups or cropped from larger pictures? I only ask because of the great depth of field in some of them. I like the variety of figures too, can you tell us where they came from?
Scale and gauge aren't mentioned either. Some of those pictures could be 7mm as could some of the figures. Great atmosphere too.

CeeDee, the figures are Slaters.
 

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Always a pleasure to see a nice project completed.

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