Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902

Goods checker J. Peerybingle was tired. It had been a long day in the goods depot, and his feet hurt.

Life is so dull, he thought. I should have gone to sea. I should have married Emily.

He looked up at the skylights. There was a bird up there. Was it a crow?

He thought: How lucky birds are, how free.

Up on the roof, the crow looked down at Peerybingle.

It thought: How fortunate that man is, working with the trains. He must be very happy.

I wish it was me, thought the crow. How lucky humans are, how free.


  1. A lovely little photo-essay, with such gentle humour. The photography is fascinating, the way it draws the eye in...the lighting and warm tones really give a period feel to the model. I was so taken with the story, immersed in some Edwardian dream, that I almost didn't notice the amazing standard of the model making...which shows just how good it really is!

  2. Thank you Ian, that's very kind of you! I finally managed to get the images working here on blogger as well, although I think it's time I increased the width of the blog to allow for bigger photos!

    Among various things highlighted by these photos is the rather clean roof! I'm not sure whether to give it a thorough weathering or not. I suppose the glazing ought to be fairly dirty but I'm worried what it would do to the views and lighting through the skylights.

  3. I like your little stories Mikkel, a nice simple way of presenting your work. Those barrels are nicely finished, I wonder what they contain?

  4. Thanks Paul! The barrels are actually Hornby mouldings, to which I've added painted masking tape to accentuate the hoops. I'm not sure what they contain, I'm still learning the ropes when it comes to barrel types - a much more complex subject than I thought!

    I'm on a bit of a barrel binge at the moment, having found some nice ones with various small specialist traders - will put some photos up in due course.

  5. excellent stuff as always MIkkel

  6. Thanks Lee. I'm enjoying detailing my goods depot. Always tricky though, to find that balance between too much and too little. Less is more, as they say!


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