A visit to Mr. Jones garden railway 1997.

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A visit to Mr. Jones garden railway 1997.

Post by Tony Bird » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:11 pm

Hi,

https://youtu.be/_FwImvRo5GQ

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Post by ge_rik » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:32 pm

A really great video of a marvellous railway. I've never seen it in operation on video before. Thanks for sharing.

What's so frustrating is that, at that time, my mum and dad lived about five miles away from Peter - and I never knew! If I had known and visited, who knows what the PLR would have looked like today?

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Post by SimonWood » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:24 pm

A legendary line, such a shame I never got to see it, I know from Kes how close it was to me, if only I had known back then. But the footage here is terrific, Tony. I'm impressed with how you managed to get a 90s camcorder steadily mounted on a wagon!

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Post by Tony Bird » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:49 am

Hi Simon,

Good to hear from you. Gaynor and I at the last minute were asked to escort 14 American tourists on a coach tour of some of the Garden Railways and narrow gauge railways of Wales, we could have done with a couple of Border Collies but that is another story. For many years I had used cine and then video cameras and in this period I had what was compact for its day a JVC I think camera which used the later smaller cassettes. The camera was held to a purpose built wagon by its tripod fixing thread and was weighted to balance the camera's uneven weight distribution, the wagon was used on many garden railways and layouts for many years. I am slowly working though other elements of the video to bore people with.

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Post by SimonWood » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:50 pm

Tony Bird wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:49 am
Good to hear from you. Gaynor and I at the last minute were asked to escort 14 American tourists on a coach tour of some of the Garden Railways and narrow gauge railways of Wales, we could have done with a couple of Border Collies but that is another story.
Thought I heard some transatlantic accents in there. Sounds like an enjoyable tour though, I'd have been happy to volunteer as an assistant shepherd ;)
I am slowly working though other elements of the video to bore people with.
Look forward to seeing it!

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Post by Andrew » Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:34 pm

I enjoyed that, thank you!

The CDR was a regular feature of the pages of SMT when I started garden railway-ing, so it's great to see it in action.

ge_rik wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:32 pm
If I had known and visited, who knows what the PLR would have looked like today?
The CDR was a wonderful line, but I'm glad it didn't have too great an influence on you Rik - the industrial landscapes of Compton Down are fascinating, but I prefer the delightful rural ambience of the PLR!

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Re: A visit to Mr. Jones garden railway 1997.

Post by Peter Butler » Thu Feb 18, 2021 9:24 pm

This is where many of Peter Jones structures are still in use today....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWZI9J5TRNg
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