Friday, 13 September 2013

Driver's Eye View

I hope you'll love these videos of the layout taken at Dinas last weekend. I'm delighted to be able to share them with you here for my 600th post.

The first I think is very special, a driver's eye view of a trip around the layout filmed on a tiny camera mounted on a wagon belonging to Huw Jones who was exhibiting his layout Traeth Mawr Railway next to us in the goods shed. (There's a link to his blog on the right hand side of the page.)

For those WHR loco crew who read this blog, and I know there are a few of you, I'd love to know what you think of it and how it compares to your knowledge of 'the road'.

(Yes, I do know we were running wrong line on the first run towards Rhyd Ddu!)

The second film features what you might call a passenger's eye view.

It was shot by the FR's in-house movie maker John Wooden who made use of his own mini HD camera which he straps to real FR and WHR locos to film driver's eye view DVDs.

It's slightly larger than Huw's and had to be placed sideways on a flat DZ wagon. It was a very tight fit. It only just squeezed through Goat Tunnel, missed one of the 'ladybird' signals by a whisker and was oh-so close to oblivion passing beneath the footbridge across the cutting.

How many familiar faces did you manage to spot watching the layout?


  1. Two great films. The realism, even with the background of giants milling about, is still very impressive. I particularly liked the rock faces either side of the tunnel and the way the stock somehow looks even more impressive when seen at the correct level.
    Sorry I missed you at the weekend, I'm told that it was a really good event.

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