nevard_110404_brewhouseQ_IMG_9582_BW_postcard, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.
I was shifting through an Ebay purchase of some 10x8 black and white prints recently, and found this shot taken on the real Brewhouse Quay (it's on the Kennet and Avon on the edge Bath by the way). I gather the photo was taken in 1949 by all accounts.
As you can see, it's a very tidy place with little in the way of much going on. Still, 1949 was very much like the present time with everything run down and the country on the verge of bankruptcy, truly austere times indeed - still, the unusual track layout makes a nice shot. The photographer is believed to be Ivan Locksmith (the key being the little Austin which appeared in many of his shots), and as we all know he had an excellent eye!
He also took a Kodachrome slide too.
Disclamer: The layout is far from finished and is subject to further work and alteration (mainly 100's of casks everywhere).. The sky has NOT been Photoshopped, but the clag from the Pug has. It does actually run, and is likely to have its first proper public outing at Model Rail Live 17/18 Sept 2011 at 'roll out the' Barrow Hill Roundhouse where it will be used to showcase the Model Rail/Dapol Sentinel or whatever else I fancy running. No, it's not DCC, but I might build in a set of hand pumps to dispense ale.