Showing posts with label videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label videos. Show all posts

Sunday, January 20, 2019

More vintage Märklin

Running more of my vintage Märklin. Louder, "rougher," and with that distinctive ozone smell.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Running my classic Märklin again.

Pulled out a bunch of my old classic Märklin to run for a change – back to the basics for a while. 😃

The E03 with the TEE (the classic tinplate) was my childhood pride and joy.

An hour ago the E03 wouldn't run or gears move. For the first time EVER totally took apart motor, cleaned gears and brushes, AND even managed to put it back together...

SIE LÄUFT, DIE E03 mit TEE am Hacken.

My first Märklin train.

Running the switching puzzle. I've taken this to numerous trains shows — the kids love it.

Still more to do, but it's a start and most importantly, I'm having fun and really enjoying it. I've missed that feeling.

My father's childhood SE800 also got put on, but without traction tires (never had them) wasn't going anywhere. I have a version with though, too, so will run in spirit.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Cleaning and first time running in a loooooong time

Due to bookish (bookbinding and writing) projects my layouts have languished and Shelob and her offspring have run amok, dust built up, and trains stopped running smoothly. Contributing to this were also ongoing accessibility/mobility issues on my part that made areas unreachable. Thanks to lots of quality time at home (almost 2 weeks) and familial help, Shelob succumbed to "Sting" and trains are now running again. I even enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to more and ongoing modeling projects. At one point I had toyed with "flattening" the layout, metaphorically and in reality to make it easier to reach. That thought was banished when I realized that rebuilding would be much harder than begging more regular "donations" of time for dusting...

While cleaning, took some time to explore areas I detailed but that normally are hidden due to facing the (removable) backdrop. Yes, there was "road work" to be done, in part to help the trolley run smoothly.

Let's run some trains!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Feeding heavy industries in Duisburg

While coal required to power the steelworks was domestic, mined from the depths of the Ruhr Valley, iron ore was often imported and brought to the world's largest inland port of Duisburg by barge.

Family painting showing steelworks along the Rhein in Duisburg ca 1920s/30s

Here a view from above. Of course things have changed...

And below a short documentary about a load ore arriving from Sweden on a barge, the barge being unloaded and then reloaded with Ruhr coal for some other place. Includes a little railroad related activity such as a coal car being unloaded...

Diese Dokumentation gehört zu den seltenen Filmdokumenten, die eine längst zu Ende gegangene Epoche besonders interessant wiedergeben. Der Film zeigt den Duisburger Hafen in den 50er Jahren mit den seinerzeit eingesetzten Schiffen und Verladegeräten. Die Geräte, die vor einer Verschrottung verschont blieben, stehen heute als technische Denkmäler in den Hafenanlagen und können bei einer Rundfahrt durch den größten europäischen Binnenhafen bestaunt werden.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Die Bahn im Jahre 1958

Die Bahn im Jahre 1958: In großen Zügen - Eine Studie über die arme, reiche Bundesbahn
The DB in 1958: A study in broad strokes about the poor, rich Bundesbahn

Video in German, but well worth watching
Eine Dokumentation über die Deutsche Bundesbahn in den 50er Jahren, kurz nachdem der Trans Europ Express auf die Schiene gebracht wurde. Setzt das Staatsunternehmen wirklich alle technischen Möglichkeiten der zeit ein und kann der Spagat zwischen der Verantwortung und den Beschränkungen des Staatsunternehmens und gleichzeitigem wirtschaftlichem Handeln gelingen?

Deutsche Fernsehgeschichte auf YouTube abonnieren:

33000 Züge der Bundesbahn verkehren tagtäglich und würde man alle Güterwagons zusammenkoppeln, käme eine Strecke von Hamburg nach Frankfurt zustande. Damit ist die Deutsche Bundesbahn das größte Verkehrsunternehmer der Welt und der Kreislauf der deutschen Wirtschaft. Seit Jahren schreibt dieses Mammutunternehmen rote Zahlen, die einen meinen, es läge an der gemeinwirtschaftlichen Aufgabe, die anderen sehen die Gründe in der behördlichen Struktur des Unternehmens und am zum Teil widersprüchlichen Bundesbahngesetz.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Card Models in Video Games

Wow! Love the fact that they made real models rather than using CGI for all. Images look like they could be sets for the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Model Railways - A look back...

2 really nice English videos explaining the model railroad hobby...

From the introduction by Weslake500 at YouTube where these live:

Originally shown on Saturday mornings in 1975. Part of the 'Model World' series of modelling programs hosted by Bob Symes. The last three programs of the series were all about model railways.

For those of us of a certain age, these programs hosted by Bob Symes, introduced and opened up the fantastic world of models, and for me personally, model railways.

I therefore consider it selfish to keep the now aging vhs tape of these model railway programs (videoed some almost fifteen years ago), to myself.

These model railway programs along with childhood hero Bob Symes (who id still like to meet) remain personally as fantastic and inspiring today, as they were all them years ago as a child.

I hope you still enjoy them today as much as I still do.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis [1927]

Wonderful railway and urban footage in this 1927 silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann, co-written by Carl Mayer and Karl Freund. The film is an example of the city symphony film genre.[1] A musical score for an orchestra to accompany the silent film was written by Edmund Meisel. As a "city symphony" film, it portrays the life of a city, mainly through visual impressions in a semi-documentary style, without the narrative content of more mainstream films, though the sequencing of events can imply a kind of loose theme or impression of the city's daily life.

In 2007, a restored version of the film was shown with the fully reconstructed original score by Edmund Meisel. The film was restored by the Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv in cooperation with ARTE and with funding by the ZDF. The restored version is based on cellulose nitrate copy from the archives of the former Reichsfilmarchivs which was augmented by footage acquired from the Library of Congress.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Düwag GT6 of the Bogestra

After what seems like years, finally cleaned the streetcar track and put the tram (at Düwag GT6 - bidirectional) back on. The model is by Rivarossi and represents line 305 of the Bogestra in Bochum/Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Here it is with an occasional intercity pulled by a 103, a 150 pulling limestone towards the steel mills and an 221 hauling a mixed freight.

And another in HD 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bundesbahn Allerlei

With my brother and his kids here this past week I knew that they would want to see and play with the trains. That gave me the extra push I needed to clean the track and dust the cobwebs off of the layout... Even on the switching puzzle. Also swapped out the standard Roco decoders on several engines for LokPilot 4s and what a difference that made in AC analog mode...

With some of my book projects winding down it will be fun to spend more time modeling, weathering, and running the trains. Also will need to take the modules out of storage and prep them modules for Central NY Railfair in November. Maybe I'll even finish my puzzle makeover project.

Monday, June 27, 2011

West End Trains

An hour along the tracks in East Syracuse watching trains... Came through slower than usual and seemed to be backed up... Saw a manifest freight, an endless ethanol train, and some others... Very relaxing on a hot and hazy afternoon...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bergwerk Hugo II in Gelsenkirchen

Tour around Bergwerk Hugo II in Gelsenkirchen, the town I called home for two years (1985-1987). Nice descriptive narration in typical Ruhrpott dialect -Wonderful!

And here's what's left now via Google Maps. A whole lot of nothing...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Rheingold, THE TEE (DB Class 103)

Nice footage of the Rheingold pulled by a BR 103 between Emmerich on the Dutch/German border down to Karlsruhe.

Info zum Film hier.

Here a film about the E 03s/103s construction

and another with lots of great shots.