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VIGNETTES ALONG THE BRANCH LINE  

A storybook tour through time and scale along our sectional O Scale 2 Rail Longmont Terminal & Northern Model Railway. Photography by me, modeling by several of us of the http://coloradooscale.org 

These are all 1/48 scale O scale models 

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WELCOME TO THE CITY OF LONGVIEW  

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Early Spring snow near downtown Longview on Railroad Avenue. 

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Railroad Avenue 

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US85 fresh snow on Long's Peak

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Pratt Street 

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Along US 85

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johnson's Mobil Service, have a Coke!

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US 85

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Railroad Avenue 

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Railroad Avenue and West Main Street

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Corner of East Main and Pratt Street. The First Bank Grain Exchange Building

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Main Street downtown Longview 

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The Charred Rib Steak House 

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Johnson's Service and the newly built McDonald's Hamburger Drive In. 

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The Shapiro Building fine apartments and Clothiers

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Youth cruising the west end of Longview on US85

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RURAL BOULDER COUNTY

 

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Colorado Front Range farm

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Pumpkin harvest found on one of the many farmers market stands 

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Detouring Rio Grande Prospector 

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Bountiful gardens 

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M68 with a heavy northbound manifest 

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Local with fuel oil, heating oil, and kerosene immediately behind a Rio Grande Consolidation 

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Local manifest frieght passes by a cornfield nearing harvest

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Concrete Stave Silo

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Farmers market 

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Preparing for harvest 

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 Some of the business and customers along the Branch Line 

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Longview Mill and local Royal Baking Powder distribution 

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Coaling tower that will soon be in use on the railroad 

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I sincerely hope you enjoyed this tour through time and scale of our sectional model railroad the Longmont Terminal & Northern Branch Line 

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CONNECTING LINES WITH NEIGHBORING CLASS 1 RAILROADS

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the High Plains Route

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My original "Vignettes Along the Branch Line" thread was really drifting off course and I felt it lost its purpose so I combined the last several months posts into one photo album. I am still building this story and will continue adding to it. I do appreciate comments you've all made and hope you still find enjoyment in this. Thanks OGR this is a fun place. 

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While on the subject of snow and inclement weather how about this...

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In the 1940's Santa Fe E6 #12L with the Chief connecting service for Denver heavy in head end businsss blasts through a typical March blizzard. 

 

The model is a Key Model Imports E6 ATSF #12L. Pecos River Brass Fishbelly 70' baggage is also pictured on the Longmont Terminal and Northern layout. 

It is too bad the resolution on the uploads is so low. This was a huge file.. I could host off OGR; I would rather not. 

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pennsynut posted:

Superb modeling. You are blessed with such artistic and photographic skills and no detail is too small to include. Thanks for posting the great photos.

Thank you fellas, all that cold snow makes me want to warm things up a bit with some classic Alco PA action on the Moffat near Leyden Siding, next stop Denver Union Station with today's California Zephyr. Well maybe not today; more like early Spring 1955 or 1956. 

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Track speed between Rocky and Arvada is roughly 40-45mph... I think #6001 is hitting it pretty close to that mark.

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Industrial Models posted:

Fantastic work Eric! What I would give to be able to duplicate natural lighting on the layout. Your aye nation to detail and getting the colors right is truly inspirational. Your TOFC post last spring inspired me to add one to the lineup which is still a work in progress. Keep me coming!

 

Industrial Models thank you very much for the kind words. I'm flattered and like you we both share a high enthusiasm for this sort of thing in our hobby. My gracious thanks and kudos. 

OMG talk about memories "Johnsons"? If the office was on the right vs left it would be me attending the pumps. (though the pumps would be a bit newer) I hung out bothering that old coot till he put me to work. Tips only as he fake slept always afraid he'd get busted for allowing an under age kid to be there. I was twelve at best, but tenacious about earning money. I must have drove half a dozen store owners nuts trying to earn money. He was a softy

Great work Eric!  Is the McDonald's the MTH model or was it built from a kit?  Are the pictures of the mill and baking powder factory pre-installation on the layout.  The backgrounds don't appear to be backdrops on a layout, they look like the photos were taken outside against the real sky.  Ditto some of the farm shots.  The backgrounds look so good they are either excellent backdrops or maybe even photoshopped for the album.  Either way the modelling in front of those backgrounds is tremendous.  Only the extreme close-ups give it away.

I would like to mention some love I have for the O Scale Hauler... these boxes are fantastic. I loaded up nearly $23,000 worth of rare brass models and hauled them up in the mountains on Saturday and moved from one location to another and these Haulers are such a god send. The models often times detailed sit on the wheels and can be lifted out with a cradle of ReBoxx poly wrap. Fabulous boxes Doug! Thanks! 

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Really great looking stuff, Erik.

Somewhere on your layout, though, you ought to have a sign advertising Duffy's Delicious Drinks. Really popular in Colorado years ago. They made some of the oddest flavors of soda pop around and when everything else was selling for dime, you could buy theirs for nine cents (wotta deal) Almost every grocery, cafe or service station had it available.

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p51 posted:

Nice!

Will this be available to the public?

I was doing this book looking for a promotional piece for display browsing at shows where we couldn't set up the entire layout for display. It is possible down the road in the future to use it as a fund raising tool after we establish the IRS details for the Colorado O Scale Modelers first.

I have made some improvements to the book see below. 

As far as selling copies I can sure have one printed for anyone that would be willing to pay for the actual print costs. I will sell them through my own art business under my name.

Sadly due to the limited number of prints I'm doing it's more expensive than a typical book published in the 1000's of copies. Nontheless I would be honored if anyone would want to buy a copy. 

 

 

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The most recent edit of the project. I think it will be a good conversation piece for me at the events or a great Christmas gift for anyone on my list that likes model trains and or model photography.  As a film maker and visual artist my gamut of friends are varied in their interests however we all share a interest in the visual media. The book is 11x14" hard cover with a dust jacket, a typical coffee table book. 

 

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Erik C Lindgren posted:
p51 posted:

Nice!

Will this be available to the public?

I was looking for a promotional piece for shows where we couldn't set up the entire layout for display and possibly a fund raiser tool. I have made some improvements to the book see below. 

As far as selling copies I can sure have one printed for anyone that would be willing to pay for the actual print costs. Sadly due to the limited number I'm doing it's more expensive than a typical book published in the 1000's of copies. Nontheless I would be honored if anyone would want to buy a copy. 

 

 

So give us a dollar figure and let us decide.  Who knows maybe enough interest to drive down cost.

That is amazing.  I have never seen anything like that.  And I like it!  Bravo!  That is superb.  

Charge $120 a book.  I would bet you'd sell loads of them.  Then every time you take a new awesome pic, sell a copy of it or a new page for $5 a piece to add to the book.  Self perpetuating cash flow.  Just a thought.  Very cool.  Very, very cool.

I can't help but be fascinated by your modeling and photos.  After a second look, my favorite is the black and white in your original fourteen that has all the shadows from the fire escape stairs on the side of the buildings.  It is mesmorizing.  Dude, that is fine art.  I'm glad I saw this.  Keep up the good work.  Cheers,       BK

William 1 posted:

I can't help but be fascinated by your modeling and photos.  After a second look, my favorite is the black and white in your original fourteen that has all the shadows from the fire escape stairs on the side of the buildings.  It is mesmorizing.  Dude, that is fine art.  I'm glad I saw this.  Keep up the good work.  Cheers,       BK

Thank you Bill, I really appreciate that! I am trying to bring a touch of fine art to our end of the hobby. It's worth it for what we create; the effort we spend building and composing our scenes why not try and illustrate it as close as possible to those who don't or are unable see it. 

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I can already feel the creative juices flowing.  Scenes that reflect the seasons of that time of year...

I'm thinking it is definitely doable.  I bought an artist 's calender before and she wasn't flush with paper.  She was an English teacher in Minnesota with a psychedelic flair which I liked.  What I'm saying is the calender may be much cheaper and easier to put together, gauge interest, then when youv'e got them hooked, go for the bigger project.  Strike now while the iron is hot.  Plus, an annual influx of year end cash flow just in time for Christmas.  Sweet deal!

Yes, I will accept your offer to be your agent and marketing guru.  Consider your hand shook.  Keep up the good work.  Cheers,       BK

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suzukovich posted:

Definitely a calendar. Get them hooked first. Well I most of us here are already hooked and a biased audience. How quickly do you think you could come out with one? 

I agree with him.

In this era of demand-published stuff, it would only be a matter of designing and getting the photos straight.

I will add as I am trying to convey, the artist I bought a calendar from wasn't what I would call a technologically savvy person.  She may have went to Kinkos with her prints for all I know.  It was a simple calendar, and it worked for me for a year.  Then I cut out a handful of the artwork and put them in frames.  I am more than sure that Erik has all the resources to put this together.  

I have many scenes already planned.  Almost every month actually.  I will withhold my ideas until we define our boundaries of creative control and a level of compensation we are both comfortable with.  If that's ok with you.  Is it warm in the winter by you?  Double handshake.

Smiley face...  

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William 1 posted:

I will add as I am trying to convey, the artist I bought a calendar from wasn't what I would call a technologically savvy person.  She may have went to Kinkos with her prints for all I know.  It was a simple calendar, and it worked for me for a year.  Then I cut out a handful of the artwork and put them in frames.  I am more than sure that Erik has all the resources to put this together.  

I have many scenes already planned.  Almost every month actually.  I will withhold my ideas until we define our boundaries of creative control and a level of compensation we are both comfortable with.  If that's ok with you.  Is it warm in the winter by you?  Double handshake.

Smiley face...  

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Erik,
 
I just had a chance to take some time today (Sunday) to look at the OGR Forum and discovered your post on a book you published of your layout and models. I'm in for one whether it's at the $65.00 or $130 mark. The address to send it is:
 
Atlas Model Railroad Company
Att: Jerry Kimble
378 Florence Ave.
Hillside, NJ 07205 
 
Thank you,
Jerry Kimble
1-908-687-9590 ext. 7118
Atlas Model Railroad Company
Coordinator Sales/Marketing/Product Development

Thanks guys we ordered many books so far today. If anyone else wants one let me know I can add them.

They are expected between 12/5-12/9 and I can ship them from here. Between the 50% off discount and the super saver shipping option it sure makes these a reality. 

I appreciate the love guys. I'm very honored. I'm sure these books will make a fine addition to any train lounge of living room as long the wife is ok.

 

 

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Erik,

I wanted to let you know on the forum that I received your book yesterday in perfect condition and it will be a proud addition to my train /office room at home. The photographs are stunning and will be an inspiration for me to take it up a notch on my next model railroad project. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Jerry Kimble

Atlas Model Railroad Company

Coordinator Sales/Marketing/Product Development

theteejmiester posted:

It's a weird feeling I get each time I pop in here for a peek...one side of me wants to be this good one day and keep building till I get there....the other side of me thinks I should just Give up and take up beer can collecting...

Bravo(insert slow applause) 

Hey Tee J Miester,

Thank you but it's no sweat; just some fu-fu and glue and your in business! Turn on the right lights and grab that Holga and click the shutter. 

I appreciate the love man 

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