Originally Posted by Rusty Traque:
Thanks for posting.
These pictures and video's are good "Ambassadors" if you will, showing that S isn't just a backwater scale and it can hold it's own vs. the other scales.
Old Jonnyspeed has a good eye! This is why I keep him around....
Seriously though, I think this layout truly represents why I switched from 2r O over to S. You still get big trains, but everything (even big articulated locomotives and passenger cars) under the sun will run AND look good on much smaller curves, instead of squeezing in #6 TO's you can use a #8 or a #10 and the stuff runs GREAT!
JIC anyone is interested, the locomotives in the pics are:
River Rasin Models Berkshire and H-8 Allegheny
SHS 2-8-0 consolidation
American Models GP 9's
American Models E8's w/ Titan Sound decoders (Everthing had sound, but this was
the only one I thought to ask about)
One of the more interesting aspects for me was inspecting the benchwork. Mr. Holmes used 3/4 plywood ripped to dimensional width for most of his L griders and supports. I was very impressed with approach. I had read about it, but had never seen it applied on a pike....very cool.
I was also impressed with the quality of his Shinohara code 100 track and TO's and, IIRC, he used homasote sub-bed under just about everything.
Lastly, as you can see in the pics, the carved rocks used in his scenery were outstanding. I think he really captured the stratified rock seen in the Appalachian mountains.