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The Flying Palin? by Godfather on 9 September 2006 12:06am
 
Did you know Michael had a train named after him?

Now you do :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5326800.stm
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by tucsonmike on 9 September 2006 12:09am
 
Wow, so which train is named for Mr. P? Rather which route on Virgin does it take?
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by jetsetjason on 9 September 2006 12:11am
 
I did enjoy palins great railway journeys very much, they really should lay on a special michael palin special train journey one day, and have him on it, to celebrate. :)
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by fairygirl48 on 9 September 2006 3:12am
 
I watched Part 1 of that series and a bit of Part 2. My late grandfather was a model train buff who had an entire city laid out in his basement and it helped me to see why he enjoyed trains so much. Good idea, Jason! I'd fly to England for a train ride and a meeting with Michael. :)
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by peripatetically on 9 September 2006 3:23am
 
Fairygirl, my dad and I made a entire Alpine town and rural setting with winter scenes at Christmas time as a train model and several trains could run simultaneously. It was a true joy to work on for years....a delightful hobby that is something always evolving. Dad died 12 years ago and it was to the point of being complete, really. Everybody says it's the best one they've EVER seen. Everything except the people and vehicles (trains, cars, buses, trucks) are made entirely by hand. No kits whatsoever. Scrap materials, a lot of imagination, talent and dedication put this together. So I know how you feel about model train "gardens". They can be so nostalgic and bring out the youth in people.
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by peripatetically on 9 September 2006 3:33am
 
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Re: The Flying Palin? by fairygirl48 on 9 September 2006 5:51am
 
Wow! Patty, that's awesome. My grandfather had his set up for multiple trains as well, it was always fun to stand in that dark and dusty basement watching them go. He had a painted canvas background that went around the back of the layout and continued the mountain range he built, some of which had waterfalls made from acrylic running out of them. Even though he passed away three years ago, it's still there. He also did some work with the model train club he belonged to to build a working carnival that was auctioned off for charity.
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by peripatetically on 11 September 2006 5:03am
 
Hi again, Fairygirl! I love your descriptons of your grandfather's work. My Dad made mountains too... out of plaster of Paris with wooden framing and chicken-wire as the underlying support and framework. I painted them white and added grey accents to simulate the rock of the high Alps. He has a ski station that works too. There is a mural behind one of the train tracks (which had a trestle crossing a river) and the mural was of the alpine countryside. The actual train "garden" blended in with that mural whichappeared as another village in the distance. I must admit, we bought that mural, didn't paint it ourselves. Is that cheating? lol

We named the shops, hotels, inns, etc. and town itself after members of the family. hahahaaha
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by peripatetically on 11 September 2006 5:33am
 
ANother thing we did to make the mountains look real was to use actual pebles and stones and small rocks we found and also real evergreenss dipped in white glue. Thetrees and shrubbery created in this way are still preserved and intact to this day. All sorts of plant material was used for deciduous trees.
 
Re: The Flying Palin? by sighthound on 11 September 2006 7:58pm
 
Do you have any pictures posted anywhere of these, you two? I'd love to see what they look like.
 
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