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 Posted: Thu Jul 9th, 2015 03:31 pm
   
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As you well know, we have had our differences about the concept, but I'm glad the loco that you bought from me has morphed into something that gives you (and others) such satisfaction You have put a lot of hard work into the project, and the results are impressive.


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 Posted: Sat Jul 11th, 2015 08:03 pm
   
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I have gotten behind in replies. Sorry about that but we have been busy at BLRY. Several have come by for a visit and tour.

Enough excuses! Thanks to Dennis in Australia for the kind remarks. Means a lot to us here, Dennis.

And to Herb, "Thank you"
And never mind about differing ideas of concept. No surprise you (and others) would find my aims a bit odd. I'm building in 7 1/2 gauge but my stuff doesn't fit in with that group where equipment is 15 inches tall.

Nor do I fit in with many "modelers" as I'm building REPLICAS rather than true scale.

But as BLRY evolves, I do seem to have found a niche of my own. I'd like to claim I knew all along this would come but honestly, I simply followed my gut. And I'd add, "We ain't dun yet".

At its most basic level BLRY is an ART project and art is always subjective.

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 Posted: Sun Jul 12th, 2015 08:52 pm
   
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We'll be five years into this project, come September.

Much has changed....and is still changing.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2015 03:20 am
   
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In the above image, we see a look back in BLRY's history with the days of Ole Yeller contrasted with today.
Rather than a simple evolutionary progression, what we are seeing here is a major shift in philosophy.

Originally we were building a miniature railroad. Period. One not seeking to represent anything beyond its self.

Obviously that's all changed. The replica approach we now employ presents a familiar, almost scale-like look. This fundamental shift has been well received, both by fellow hobbyist and the general public. In other words, we are becoming a success as a miniature "rail museum."

But I sometimes lament the loss of Ole Yeller; Of the absolute honesty of that concept. I welcome the good response our new approach has. I guess I just wish we could build both ways.

Actually, I suppose we have!

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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2015 04:22 am
   
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NEW VIDEO!

What's it like to visit Bountyland Railway?

This morning, Tom Eagles (friend and major supporter of BLRY) along with his son Kevin and Kevin's son Nathaniel came for a visit.

While here Kevin shot this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZpFmuoTzr4

Thanks Kevin!
Hope y'all enjoy it.

Bob:wave:



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 Posted: Tue Jul 14th, 2015 05:51 am
   
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Very cool to see it all "in person" like that.



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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2015 03:11 am
   
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My thanks Ray!

I have posted this link before but new followers to this thread may not have seen it. http://www.srclry.com/
This is the remarkable work of Jack Ozanich and friends in Michigan and features 1/3 size, Live steam models of 2 foot narrow gauge on 7 1/2 gauge track.

This (Jack's railroad) is truly "prototype railroading-scaled down". By contrast, our project is actually more like "model railroading-SCALED UP".

I love what they are doing but lack (by far!) the means to do likewise. I do think, however, about anyone who really wants to could build a railroad like our's.

Think about it. BLRY is really a "garden railway" (with scratch-built equipment). No vast acres of land required--it's in our back yard!. Power is not live steam but battery--cheaper--easier--simpler. THIS IS ALL DOABLE BY MOST MODELERS so I'd encourage others to give it a try!
And I'm happy to share what I've learned.
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 Posted: Thu Jul 16th, 2015 04:35 am
   
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Wow, live steam and everything! Amazing!



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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 03:34 pm
   
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Jack's railroad IS amazing, Ray.

Seeing pictures of his work is what set me off, years back, to try building ride-in trains on 7 1/2 gauge.

Jack's designs start as true,1/3 scale models with cab heights stretched as needed to allow riding inside them.

I have tried to "size-up" all the proportions, rather than just cabs --- without really worrying about true scale.
As long as my "replicas" run well and look reasonable, I'm happy.

And I AM happy!:P

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 Posted: Fri Jul 17th, 2015 07:56 pm
   
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In Memory and in Honor

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