Pop Up Railway Americana

In the days of pop up shops, and Peter Dennis’ Paperboys soldiers, what about a pop up book railway?

I bought this over ten years ago quite cheaply at a seaside Pound Store / remainder bookshops type shop.

Illustrations by Michael Welply. 1997 Piggy Toes Press, produced for the Book People.

Illustrator Michael Welply http://michaelwelply.com/about/ has also painted the illustrations for certain American Army related Osprey titles.

The story on the back of the train pages, linking in part with the town and press out card characters …

Instant railways that go round and round are always fun, even if the clockwork engine here runs down very fast.

The PRESS HERE sound card worked well enough but the tiny batteries now need replacing (housed neatly in the Station Cafe central block).

Shhh! Don’t startle the deer and the rabbits …

I like the simple American country station halt.

The train really does fit inside the little shed when folded up and back in its book box.

A fierce looking schoolmistress …

Lovely details of the hobo cooking his breakfast above the tunnel, next to the Station Cafe.
A beautifully quick bit of paper engineering. When closed, the pond folds up for the train shed.
Great little pop up water tower.

What delighted me about this was the pop up rural Americana buildings.

Barns, schoolhouse, railway station, town hall – straight out of Little House on the Prairie or my favourite and wistful Americana website (and Facebook page) Forgotten Georgia http://forgottengeorgia2.blogspot.com

If I had seen another of these books at the time, I’m sure I would have stripped one for buildings or stuck them down a bit more permanently and adapted them for Airfix figures.

Shootout at the station OOHO Airfix figures. My Train in a Tin sadly doesn’t run on these ‘rails’

Instead of cutting it up and sticking it all down ‘better’ I will enjoy it for the peaceful instant pop up whimsy that it is!

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Sidetracked, his railway / gaming blog.

Eames Toccata for Toy Trains film

Sidetracked by watching a delightful 13 minute film by Charles and Ray  Eames, famous Twentieth Century husband and wife design team with a score by Elmer Bernstein.

Another one of their films, “Parade” features surprisingly few toy soldiers but lots of vintage toys.

Delightful!

Just imagine how the Eames would have embraced the opportunity of YouTube had it been available then.

What an amazing couple!

http://eamesfoundation.org

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_and_Ray_Eames

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, proudly underachieving and  slacking in comparison on the Sidetracked blog, 28 October 2017.