TRAIN THEME THURSDAY : close up shots around the layout......

Happy Thanksgiving Thursday!!  " End of the line for turkeys" & " Peacock counts his blessings " IMG_3945IMG_3952IMG_3960IMG_3961IMG_3964IMG_3971IMG_3968

Cheers and Happy Railroading,

Patrick W  

CEO - The Free State Junction Railway 

" Where the music is sweet and the trains always run on time"

Home Office - Patsburg, Maryland 

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Be careful what you ask for.

Worst layout photos EVER! I ran across them just this week.

I took these, late 1950's (note my new Burro crane). Kodak box camera, flash (ya' think?). Got all the background in focus - the desk, part of the dining and living rooms - but not the desired subject. Too bad I didn't try again - I had a pretty nice permanent 027 layout: buildings, 4 switches for 2 spur tracks, and one passing siding for the combination passenger station/freight house.

One nice thing:  all the equipment you see (2055 Hudson, Burro, rolling stock, buildings) I still have, on shelves.

Ready? This would have been around 1958. I was 10.

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There was, ah, "scenery". The house beyond the crane was scratch built by my father, and is a compressed model of the house in which the layout sits. Yes, I still have it.

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Moonson posted:

Thank you, Gandy! Always good to hear your perspective.

One of the houses, a gift to me, in that neighborhood is of our home (tall house, white-n-gray, angular, in the middle of the back row). It was crafted by an architect upon the commission of a dear friend.

Also  present is a model I had crafted of my wife's childhood home (little girl in a red coat on the front porch, reaching for the doorknob).

The whole neighborhood is the result of pure imagination (that sound like a tune I heard somewhere.)

Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

FrankM

Imagination....that's what it's all about. The church on my layout is a Christmas decoration in near scale that plays Silent Night! Lol!

owner, operator of The Cuyahoga Valley Short Line Railroad,

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gandydancer1950 posted:
Moonson posted:

Thank you, Gandy! Always good to hear your perspective.

One of the houses, a gift to me, in that neighborhood is of our home (tall house, white-n-gray, angular, in the middle of the back row). It was crafted by an architect upon the commission of a dear friend.

Also  present is a model I had crafted of my wife's childhood home (little girl in a red coat on the front porch, reaching for the doorknob).

The whole neighborhood is the result of pure imagination (that sound like a tune I heard somewhere.)

Happy Thanksgiving, indeed!

FrankM

Imagination....that's what it's all about. The church on my layout is a Christmas decoration in near scale that plays Silent Night! Lol!

I have a few porcelain Dept56-type churches tucked in here-n-there on the layout, too.You can spot some of them in these photos. One is tucked-in as part of a Catholic School vignette, on the other side of that stand of trees on church property.

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The others are on their own level, the 3rd Level, among an entire community dedicated to the porcelain buildings phenomenon in our hobby. IMG_0292

My wife had given all that you see here of them as a Christmas gift, decades ago, because, back in 1995 when I first stepped into this hobby, we were not aware of many people making buildings by-hand or commercially, at the time of our initial immersion into this hobby. Of course, they are all lighted, up there, by a couple strings of traditional Christmas-type colored lights, no less, inserted in them.IMG_0856IMG_0865ed

We decided when I re-did the entire layout, this last time, that a dramatic presentation of all of them was fitting, since they held a meaningful place in the creation of our layout for us , too. They are a bright, cheerful presence, aren't they.

FrankM

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge has limits.     Dr. W.Dyer

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I have a few close up images, but mine may look more like a Post-Apocalyptic World with the cars and locomotives looking brand new, with no people aside from the one's in the Locomotives and Passenger Cars. With that being said, it is still very much a work in progress. I have not being doing much because I have a few bigger things I need to get, as well as the backdrop put up. 

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briansilvermustang posted:

                                        do they need any more bulbs...

Nope all good here. They were waiting for the local power company to run the secondary circuit to power the signals. As soon as the lineman could fold his old body into a pretzel to get under the table the job was completed.

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Three Rails Are Better Than None 

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