Art Deco was a popular design movement from 1920 until 1939, affecting the decorative arts such as architecture, interior design, and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashion, painting, the graphic arts, and film. This movement was, in a sense, an amalgam of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, Bauhaus, Art Nouveau, and Futurism. Its popularity peaked during the Roaring Twenties.
British Art Deco / Odeon Style Stations and Signal Boxes - Bachmann / Graham Farish
Bachmann (Europe) (Also Available under the Graham Farish brand) have released a number of cool looking 1930s era Station and Signal box structures in the Art Deco "Odeon Style" as used widely, but not exclusively in the Southern and London Transport regions.
The main building is an art deco station that is representative of many found in the Southern area, but looks to be modelled on the Sudbury Town station.
The platform sections are based upon those found at Harrow-on-the-Hill, .
There is also a Signal Box to complement the stations buildings and resembles those at Dorking(North), Bognor Regis and Templecombe.
As these items were released sometime back they have started to fizzle out, therefore a bit of searching will be required to track down some of these items....
42-064Art Deco Signal Box 118 x 40 x 42
42-065Art Deco Platform Centre Building 85 x 58 x 39
I find this a really nice item, perhaps those outside of the UK will be less familiar with this cinema chain and their use of the Art-Deco in cinema constructions. These were after all the new theatres of there day providing access to the glamour of the 'movies' from Hollywood etc..
In the UK, it also has a nice tie-in as some of the design motifs of the period were also incorporated into the designs of their buildings ranging from the Stations to Signal boxes. A search on google for 'southern railway odeon style' will give you an idea.
Some new kits Miniaturat range by Sankei, in 1/150 scale. Made of lasercust precoloured card and fibre board. Painting is not required, although many may wishto blend or weather them into their layouts or dioramas
Whilst these are based upon US prototypes, I have to say they do have a passing resememble to some of the bill boards in the UK Southern Railways Region. Certianly on the lines from Waterloo to Guilford via Surbiton and from Clapham Junction out to Richmond there are strong Art Deco Motifs.
The train was built at the beginning of 1930 in the Hannover-Leinhausen works of the German Imperial Railway "Deutsche Reichsbahn" company. The work was completed by autumn of the same year. The train was 25.85 m long and had just two axles, with a wheelbase of 19.6m. The height was 2.8 meters. As originally built it had a BMW VI 12 cylinder petrol aircraft engine of 600 horse power driving a four-bladed (later two-bladed), fixed pitch wooden (ash tree) propeller. The driveshaft was raised 7 degrees above the horizontal to give the vehicle some downwards thrust. The chassis of Schienenzeppelin was designed aerodynamically having some resemblance to the era's popular Zeppelinairships and it was built in aircraft style to reduce weight.
The interior of the railcar was spartan and designed in Bauhaus-style.
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