Wednesday 1 January 2020

Railway Modelling

I'm celebrating New Year with a special blog update about railway modelling. Not the usual type of modelling. This time it's the type of modelling that actually involves models. Yes, real living human beings in scale 1:1. And real full sized narrow gauge industrial railway equipment.

It's 1962. Faxe chalk quarry is visited by several models and photographers in a quest to show the latest fashion in open air. Here a model has climbed into skip 362, one of Faxe chalk quarry's large 785 mm gauged wooden side tipping skips.

Two modelling colleagues in front of an excavator bucket, the heavy machinery contrasting nicely with the 1962 fashion's call for narrow width dresses.
Despite an intensive search for more of the same kind of modelling on narrow gauge industrial railways I haven't found any. It seems that the fashion business wasn't too keen on narrow gauge railways anyway.

10 years or more before the above shots were taken, an amateur photographer had the opportunity to catch four young ladies posing on a 600 mm gauge 1930's model Pedershaab loco. Again it's a chalk quarry only this time near M√łnsted.
The cut of the dresses is more practical in this shot. The ladies seem to be having a good time nevertheless. Is that grandad lurking in the background making sure the girls are alright? The loco's cab is most likely a local addition to a standard open topped PM-loco.
I look forward to a new year full of challenges and accomplishments with the kind of railway modelling done with knife, wood, soldering iron in a scale 19 times smaller than the real world. I wish every reader a productive 2020 modelling wise.


  1. Claus, I've been modelling narrow gauge "models" for over fifty years but have never seen human models in and around any NG equipment. A first, seen on your blog:>)

  2. There were some photos posted on the Kipplore forum a few years ago of a shoot on one of the German preservation sites (in a quarry from memory)