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 Posted: Thu Jul 5th, 2012 12:54 pm
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I typed MIKE SIGMON into my google search engine and came up with 10 listings.

Maybe you can start searching for the layout that way.

 Or you can try contacting MALCOM FURLOW and asking him about the layout and its possible location.  He may know and be thrilled somebody is asking about it. ?

 

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 Posted: Thu Jul 26th, 2012 10:04 pm
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I lived in Dallas at the time of Mr. Furlow's popularity in the 80's but never met him in person. He had an Sn3 trestle diorama in a hobby shop there that I loved to examine and his work has stayed in my head in spite of my lack of artistic ability. I was one of those people who tried to build the San Juan Central as the segments were published in MR, and my only real complaint about the project was that it included a very steep curve on one end that the locomotives I had never seemed able to climb. Since I was using the Roundhouse engines mentioned in the article it struck me as a glitch that really should have been ironed out before the series was published. In the end the trains on my layout could only operate in one direction around the loop.

If I'm not mistaken, his yard module was a version of one I'd seen drawn up by Tom Yorke some time before. I think it was an interesting example of how to take a pre-existing design and render it in one's own particular style. Like much of his work, it lent itself well to photography but not so much to operation -- as I recall it didn't have provision for a runaround track.

I guess that's my real complaint -- I think it might have been more honest to present him as an expert on scenery and leave it at that, because his layouts weren't really designed for operation. In the end, I was put off narrow gauge for some time because I came away with the sense that it couldn't be made to operate reliably. I did eventually discover how to get reliable operation out of HOn3, and now On30, but not by reading those MR articles.

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 Posted: Mon Aug 27th, 2012 08:27 am
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  WOW !! I learned TWO things from this thread , one that M F stands for many things one of them starting with Malcom, but pretty much have the same meaning according to a lot of folks! :shocked:

   The other More important thing is that the State of Colorado has a bunch of people into things rail related --:rah::glad: Thats where I will be starting next month.  Perhaps some of you will be close to where I am going to be--- Granby .

  I don't know much about Furlow , but I did find inspiration in the scenery and composition he did , but probably no more than several others, Hayden, Jon Olson, Frary, Heck, I even liked E. L. Moore :old dude:and his balsa wood!  Of course the master of all was John Allen . I am overwhelmed when I see his to the floor canyon -- I want to do one like it some day.

  There is one more thing that someone did in Narrow Gauge Gazette , it was called  "A ticket to Tincup" I think was that also Malcom or if not who was it. 

   Dave  

 

 



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 Posted: Mon Aug 27th, 2012 06:51 pm
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     Are you moving in or vacationing? There is a lot to see if your just vacationing,but if you get to take up residence it will be easier to get the full affect. Hope you enjoy either one.
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 Posted: Mon Aug 27th, 2012 08:38 pm
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wclm wrote: Dave
     Are you moving in or vacationing? There is a lot to see if your just vacationing,but if you get to take up residence it will be easier to get the full affect. Hope you enjoy either one.
                                  Clif K


 I am MOVING there My son and I bought a house there , he has lived there several years now .

 I have retired and he had been after me for several years to make the move so now I have no more excuse.

  I am sure I will love Colorado as soon as I get used to  the 9000 plus altitude where our house is . My 4 year old grandaughter is a big part of the excitement of going --she has promised to teach me  to fish-- even said she would put the squiggly worms on the hook if they scare me --- how can you turn an offer like down?

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 Posted: Tue Aug 28th, 2012 10:38 pm
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I'm sure you will enjoy it. As the crow flies I,m not to far from you, but as for the highway, that is just a few more miles.I am on the other side of the hills and just north of Denver. Maybe we can hook up some time.

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wclm wrote: Dave
I'm sure you will enjoy it. As the crow flies I,m not to far from you, but as for the highway, that is just a few more miles.I am on the other side of the hills and just north of Denver. Maybe we can hook up some time.

Clif K


 Cliff,

      Hooking up will be more than possible . I am being offered the opportunity ?? to drive  bus part time in Denver , the same company runs your bus service as in Las Vegas , where I just retired from. Might set up to work say--- a week a month, I like doing the job , but just got tired of 14 -16 hour days even if only 4 days a week.     

  So  like Glen Campbell sang years back ---  Maybe I can "leave a sleeping bag rolled up behind your couch!"L:  

 

   Dave. ---------AKA Ralph Cramden



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