- Regarding the video link I posted recently, (I hope everyone who
wanted to see it has managed now.) I just noticed I had not answered
Roberts question: "Is it a tv news clip?"
No, it is part of a 30 minute program. The TV station in south-west
Germany (SWR) has a long-running series called "Eisenbahn Romantik"
http://www.swr.de/eisenbahn-romantik/ (translates nicely into English)
While Manfred Joerger and I were at the Modellbau Bodensee exhibition:
http://www.modellbau-bodensee-messe.de (translates not so nicely)
the Eisenbahn Romantik film team were making a program of the model
railway part of the exhibition. The program was called "Layouts to
fall in love with"!
The team did some really nice shots of Manfred's layout (which were
included in the program) and then wanted to film the loco depot. "No
problem" said Manfred helpfully, and passed them over to me. I had
never run the depot! I had no idea how the controls worked. We had not
even cleaned the trackwork because the depot is just for display. I
cleaned a section of track, put a loco on it and tried the controls -
it was hopeless! "Never mind" said the cameraman, "We'll come back
So I spent the rest of that day and the next cleaning the track,
familiarising myself with the controls, finding locos that ran well.
Checking, checking, checking! I happened to have a spare DeLuxe in my
bag which I installed into the control box. Now the locos ran OK. But
the turntable had problems: it would not start every time and not
every track got power.
Manfred and I worked hours on the turntable. The cameraman filmed us
at intervals - that is the first part of the video. The team gave us
another day. Eventually the moment arrived for the final filming -
that is the second part of the video. It worked!
It's so much fun to play trains. Jeremy.