Monks Eleigh

Discussion in 'Gallery' started by Heather Kay, 26 February 2013.

  1. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    S7 Group members will have already seen these photos of Michael Brooks' Monks Eleigh. I was commissioned by the Group to photograph the layout, and finally managed to get down to Dorset at the start of December last year. My parents live not far from the layout's home, so I could cadge a bed for the night and do my familial duties at the same time.

    I think Richard Kelham, the newsletter editor, was a little overwhelmed with the results. There are plenty more where these came from, but they can await another day. I'd like to have another session, because time just flew by, and I am certain there are more images that can be made.


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  2. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    Wonderful images! Can you tell us the origin of the single deck bus model?
  3. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    I don't know about the origin but it clearly took a wrong turn somewhere. That route went (and still goes) past my front door, a long, long way from Monks Eleigh!

    Heather took many wonderful shots that day; she's a very good photographer and her work should have wider exposure – and no, that's not a pun.

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  4. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    I hadn't noticed the Norfolk coastal route! One sign of a good photographer is to make the viewer believe they are actually there - I'm just going to wander over to ask that bus driver what he's playing at!!!
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  5. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    There are two box tickers for me. The first image for the believable nature of the brick building. The bus photo for the superb rendition of the gravel / cinder surface to the road.

    regards, Graham
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  6. SteveO

    SteveO Guest

    That layout is spectacular in every way, and it's been captured perfectly. Amazing attention to detail. I love the shunter driver in his 3-piece and tie - it looks like he's been dragged out of the pub between courses of his Sunday lunch for an urgent bit of wagon shuffling!
  7. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    One thing noticeably missing from all of the articles I've seen on Monks Eleigh is a track plan or full layout plan - this would be most helpful in putting the images into context.
  8. lancer1027

    lancer1027 Western Thunderer

    SUPERB PICS Heather:bowdown:.

    What a wonderful and detailed layout.:thumbs:

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  9. Dog Star

    Dog Star Western Thunderer

    MRJ included a track plan in the first article about the layout - the text in the S7 Newsletter suggests that some changes might have been made since the MRJ article.
  10. Osgood

    Osgood Western Thunderer

    And thanks to the online MRJ index I see it is Issue 106. Duly retrieved from the bookshelf - thanks Dog Star! An article I didn't for some reason read at the time, that set of MRJ will keep me entertained for years at this rate.....
  11. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Truly inspirational, the trackwork does it for me along with the point rodding and ballast :thumbs:.

  12. Wagonman

    Wagonman Western Thunderer

    I think for me it's the, dare I use the word, 'holistic' approach – everything is to a uniform high standard so the net result is totally believable. Ever since that MRJ issue it has been one of my top 2 or 3 favourite layouts so I was delighted when Michael agreed to write it up for the Newsletter, and even more so when Heather agreed to photograph it. This cat really had got the cream.

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  13. Colin M

    Colin M Western Thunderer

    Brilliant! ...Layout and photos! :thumbs::thumbs:
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  14. 3 LINK

    3 LINK Western Thunderer

    Hi Heather,

    Have you any shots of the disused track just past the bridge and also up the other end of the layout please, I have the MRJ in which the Monks Eleigh article is in, but this is the first time I have seen the layout in colour. :thumbs:


  15. Locomodels

    Locomodels Western Thunderer

    +1. That also does it for me, it is so totally believable. Beautiful shots Heather amazing depth of field.
  16. 40126

    40126 Western Thunderer

    + 1 from me :thumbs:

    Steve :cool:
  17. Ressaldar

    Ressaldar Western Thunderer

    Hi Heather,

    brilliant both the photos and the layout, many thanks for posting.


  18. eastsidepilot

    eastsidepilot Western Thunderer

    According to Michaels Brooks write up the bus models come from the 'Watling Street' collection. I have not heard of these before, can anyone shed light on that one.

  19. Dave

    Dave Western Thunderer

    I love the little ex-WDLR Simplex. The weathering effect of the rusted-through bodywork is great (but I can't imagine that half an inch of armour plate would ever rust through ;) ).
  20. Heather Kay

    Heather Kay Western Thunderer

    Might have been a shell hole. :))
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