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Your ESB seems to be about twice the size of mine.  I had a couple of those foam 3D jigsaw puzzles, a yellow train station that I used under the tree with a cardstock village.  and a waterfront scene I had never used.  As mot of the train stuff is still packed a year after we moved I'm not certain if either puzzle, or the cardstock village made the move.  I found the ESB in a box marked model kits so there is hope the others are in a similarly marked box.

NICE!!  Tell us more about these!

Thank you, Alan!

I made these by following an idea from Jim Policastto right here on the forum:

https://ogrforum.ogaugerr.com/...1#153463017191908401

The short of it is that the left 2 buildings are made from 1" foam handy panels from Lowe's and the right building is mainly plexiglas sprayed with frosted rattle can and with dropped ceiling runners for the corners and balsa strips for the verticals.

Great to see this pop up again in my notifications. Great to see it ressurected again. Skip's been spending too much time popping up on FB lately, at least from what I've seen. Mostly engine pics from him but with the beautiful scenery around the trains. Maybe he'll pop by and post his pictures of Yankee Stadium since baseball season is coming? Can someone tell Skip to pop by please?

Great to see this pop up again in my notifications. Great to see it ressurected again. Skip's been spending too much time popping up on FB lately, at least from what I've seen. Mostly engine pics from him but with the beautiful scenery around the trains. Maybe he'll pop by and post his pictures of Yankee Stadium since baseball season is coming? Can someone tell Skip to pop by please?

Don't know what is going on with Skip....  He has always been an asset here and in the magazine but lately seems to be posting less and less and more on FB.  Even though this forum is growing by leaps and bounds (more about that in a separate post I will be making), it is my opinion that too many train groups split the pie into smaller and smaller pieces.  It results in one having to run around the internet trying to keep up with this group and that group, etc.  Not my thing.  Long before I became involved with OGR, this forum was my "home".

Dave...how about you contacting Skip...tell him we miss his posts and would enjoy having him post the same things here he is posting elsewhere.

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Alan:

Your layout is a true work of art and dedication to our hobby. Your bridge is outstanding! Is it scratch-built? I not, where did you get it?

Thanks Randy!  The bridge is in fact scratch-built by a man that had a large layout in the St. Louis area.  He had from what I was told around a dozen bridges of various types and sizes (this one was of medium size).  Apparently he had a wood working shop and built all of his bridges by cutting up lumber and making each piece of the bridge from plans he had drawn.  In other words, he built them "the old fashioned way".

I saw this bridge at my first York I attended.  It was being used as a display by one of the vendors.  I took a little heat over acquiring it by some of our forum members who thought that I bought it before the start of the meet.  In fact, after we set up our booth, I returned to my hotel room and called the vendor to ask if it was for sale and he told me everything at his table was for sale!  We discussed that he could not sell it until the meet opened so no price had been established.  The next day as soon as the meet opened, I rushed over to the vendor's table, agreed on a price, and bought the bridge.  Jim Barrett helped me bring it over to our booth.  I had a PT Cruiser at the time and the bridge would not fit in the car because it was too long!  It originally had a foot long approach on both ends.  We borrowed a skill saw from Bachmann and cut off both approaches and then with quite a bit of effort, got the thing in my car.  As it turned out, no other modifications were needed as it fit the space I had for it perfectly!

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Don't know what is going on with Skip....  He has always been an asset here and in the magazine but lately seems to be posting less and less and more on FB.  Even though this forum is growing by leaps and bounds (more about that in a separate post I will be making), it is my opinion that too many train groups split the pie into smaller and smaller pieces.  It results in one having to run around the internet trying to keep up with this group and that group, etc.  Not my thing.  Long before I became involved with OGR, this forum was my "home".

Dave...how about you contacting Skip...tell him we miss his posts and would enjoy having him post the same things here he is posting elsewhere.

Well, I can give it a shot. I'll pop on FB in an hour or so, see if I can find his post about Yankee Stadium again. The group that it's in tends to have massive turn around in posts and can be hard to track down things. I'm sure I can find it. Maybe I'll ask if his pictures would qualify for Tall Building Tuesday? I know tomorrow most like doing Front End Friday, so if I don't catch him today, definitely tomorrow. See what comes Alan. 🙂

BTW, I always love that bridge over the yard/staging area. Makes me think of some of the old photos I've seen about.

Got the message Alan and Dave, and I certainly love the OGR forum and will be posting more regularly.

My layout is actually O Gauge in a relatively small space. My original design that I started back in 1999 was to be 8'x20' and basically thats what the layout is. What I added was a 3'x4' wing on each side which now technically makes the overall perimeter 11'x20'. I mention this because I'm not really looking to add more tall buildings but I have been working on adding detail and improving the scenes.

Here is a photo of my Times Building, portrayed the way it was originally built in 1904 as home of the New York Times newspaper. It remained pretty much the same up through the 1950s. The building was sold to an advertising executive and sign designer  in 1961. The beauty of the building was gradually lost. Today, the building no longer has tenants above street level and has become the one massive collection of electronic advertising that we see today.

Here is my Times Building portraying the 1940-1960 time frame.

Tall Building Tuesday

Here are 2 photos of the real building, what it was and what it is.

Times then and now

Happy Tall Building Tuesday everyone!!!

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Got the message Alan and Dave, and I certainly love the OGR forum and will be posting more regularly.

My layout is actually O Gauge in a relatively small space. My original design that I started back in 1999 was to be 8'x20' and basically thats what the layout is. What I added was a 3'x4' wing on each side which now technically makes the overall perimeter 11'x20'. I mention this because I'm not really looking to add more tall buildings but I have been working on adding detail and improving the scenes.

Here is a photo of my Times Building, portrayed the way it was originally built in 1904 as home of the New York Times newspaper. It remained pretty much the same up through the 1950s. The building was sold to an advertising executive and sign designer  in 1961. The beauty of the building was gradually lost. Today, the building no longer has tenants above street level and has become the one massive collection of electronic advertising that we see today.

Here is my Times Building portraying the 1940-1960 time frame.

Tall Building Tuesday

Here are 2 photos of the real building, what it was and what it is.

Times then and now

Happy Tall Building Tuesday everyone!!!

They don't make them like they used to, unless someone takes the time to revive them that is. Wonderful building Skip, good to see you here again. Sorry it's been a bit since I seem to have lost the topic here again. Good thing it takes me a while to go through my inbox, or is it? I'll never figure out if it's good or bad, but I'll err on the side of good.🙂

Just finished this one and placed it on the layout:  20210504_17334920210504_17364320210504_173609

Hey Alan, not to sound like a bananahead, but that building bares an interesting resemblance to what I would call milk crates. I think one of the stores is selling something like that as "totes" or the like for storage. Is that what it is, or some other very interesting build? It looks great though whatever it is. I'd like to hear more.

Hey Alan, not to sound like a bananahead, but that building bares an interesting resemblance to what I would call milk crates. I think one of the stores is selling something like that as "totes" or the like for storage. Is that what it is, or some other very interesting build? It looks great though whatever it is. I'd like to hear more.

Hi Dave,

You are absolutely correct!  This is the "Crates International" headquarters building so the board of directors decided that their new building should represent architecturally the product they produce.  Hey, that is my story and I am sticking to it ... LOL!

Hi Dave,

You are absolutely correct!  This is the "Crates International" headquarters building so the board of directors decided that their new building should represent architecturally the product they produce.  Hey, that is my story and I am sticking to it ... LOL!

Well Alan, it works, and works very well. It does look exactly like a modern skyscraper would, very fancy, weird windows and such, and has all new desks in the offices, lol. Glad my eyes still work, lol.

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Alan, you're the master of turning not buildings into incredible skyscrapers, your imagination seems boundless.  What is the footprint of the new building and what did you use for window glass?

Thanks Joe!  Anyone can set their mind to looking at objects and imagining how to use them as structures or parts of structures for their layouts.  This one started when my sister-in-law gave me the mini storage cubes.  Unlike most that I have seen with round or oblong openings on the sides, this one had square openings and they stacked on top of one another perfectly.  Of course my mind started to think vertically!  She bought these several years ago and could not remember where she got them.  I wanted more to make a larger, taller, and more complex structure but could not find identical ones.  The footprint is about 8 by 9 inches and the "glass" is gold reflective craft board I found at Hobby Lobby.  I may change it to auto window tint as I have some of that on hand too.  It all depends on whether I will illuminate it.

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