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 Posted: Thu Jun 28th, 2012 06:05 am
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Joined: Thu Aug 21st, 2008
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Furlow had a total of 5 layouts published in Model Railroader:

- Denver & Rio Chama Western (HOn3)
- San Juan Central (HOn3)
- Soda Creek & Southpark (Gn3)
- Children's Medical Center of Dallas layout (Gn3)
- Ferrocarril de Rio Mantanas (Gn3)

The Ferrocarril one is probably what sullivan is refer to as the one in the "outhouse".

Don't sweat being inspired by the photos published of his work. They are amazing. A lot of people trash talk him but whatever. I liked all his articles too.

But take all this photos with a grain of salt. Furlow himself does point out more than once that he really enjoyed the photography aspect of model railroading and as a result tended to just build scenes that were designed around photo opportunities. It's fairly obvious from looking at the track plans that operation was the least of concerns. In the past 10-20 years operation has become more popular and as a result his layouts have been summarized as largely large static displays.

I've personally done a ton of research on building the SJC. Why? Because it's so iconic, I really like it, and I think it'd be fun to build. At the same time my perspective on it is that if I ever were to do it, it would be more for fun and a scenery exercise than a serious attempt at building an operatable model railroad. Also, just for kicks a few months back I re-drew the SJC as a shelf layout.

That said, I guarantee that the SJC was probably the most started, least finished project railroad ever published by MR. I see so many forum posts that are like "back in the 80's I started building the SJC..." Honestly, if I could figure out a way to do it with light benchwork where I didn't need to build a whole legs and table structure below it, it could probably be done for around $500 less rolling stock and structures and within the span of a year... Hmmm...

Right, I already have too many projects going. Let's not go there.

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