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I was going to call this topic the Pastoral Symphony (Beethoven), a beautiful piece of music, IMO, but at the last minute changed it to the above children's song title.

What was my inspiration?

This farm scene on my layout, which I modified a bit this evening:


The classic Postwar accessories shown above fit nicely into rural scenery, IMO.

Do I run my Postwar accessories, like those shown in the photo? Not very often; usually, I run them to tune them for the Big Show, which is any time my 4 and 9 year old granddaughters come over, or when I have amother audience. In my experience, the classic Postwar accessories are eye catching and show stoppers. They have an enormous broad appeal.

Getting back to my farm, it is one of my favorite sections of my layout. I will post additional photos of it later. Why do I like my farm so much? There are any reasons. I spent some of the happiest moments during my childhood at the home of my aunt and uncle, Ruth and Bill Bruce, which was surrounded by farms in Pennington, NJ (one of the neighbors of my aunt and uncle was Mr. McDonald,  who was an old man that had a big farm, LOL.). The farm scene fits in nicely with the theme of my layout, which is The Put, whose right of way went through dairy farms in Northern Westchester County, where I now live. Most importantly, looking at my farm brings me peace.

Enough about my farm, how about yours? If you have a farm or rural scenery on your layout, let's see some pictures of it, and tell us about it.



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Erik, you are one talented individual. Those scenes are amazing. I showed that fourth picture to my wife and at first she thought it was just some old picture until I pointed out I was on OGR. She took the laptop from me for 5 minutes going back and forth over those farm scenes, awe struck by the realism.

So far I have a MTH barn, no livestock, not even a farm house. I called the Raineys but they aren't interested in model homesteads.

Those farm scenes are great some really nice modeling classic and scale really look good.

I made a little shelf with a simple farm scene on my layout at little kids height with Ertl farm toys barn etc. it is not that fancy but made it for kids to play with it. My kids when little played with it a lot and now their kids my grand kids are playing with it. They get a lot of use from it.

I am just working on some sound modules for farms right now, installing them at our railway museum model railway display. I have found Little Sounds modules have some pigs and cow sound systems. You could use these on your railways or install them in a moving cattle car, cheap and easy to install. Can have a push button to start them then they shut off after going through the sound cycle or they can run all the time. Check them out cheap and good size easy to set up.;

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I've only visited the country, never lived there, so I did not know, as Odenville Bill mentioned, that horses and cows don't mix well. Thank you for that advice, Bill.

Later,  I will move the cows so they are away from the horses in this photo:


The Plasticville Produce Stand was a must have, when I saw it a couple of months ago at my LHS.



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The house I live in now was built by my Great Grandfather in 1894. From old photos of the property, taken in the 1920's, there was a "two-stall" barn, and according to my Mom, who visited the house often when she was a young girl, every house along the road had a similar building out back. All the houses built in that time period (late 1890's) backed up to a large (20 acre) open pasture with a pond, owned by one old well-to-do guy, who let all the folks who had houses around his field graze their one horse (for transportation) and one cow (for milk, as refrigeration was still in its infancy, for people with electricity).  Late in the afternoon, all the grazing horses and cows would walk back to their respective gates, and stand there, waiting for their humans to open the gates. They knew what gate was theirs, they came home to sleep, and lived together in each of the two-stall barns every night, apparently peacefully.

Whether the same could be said of the cats and dogs, is another tail.

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