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 Posted: Fri Dec 31st, 2010 09:49 am
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OK guys


Here's a question that might have been asked on this Forum before.
But lets dream for a few moments, going into the 'New Year'.

If you had the chance to own any legendary layout throughout history,
that have graced the covers or pages of,
'Model Railroader', 'The Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette',
'Garden Railways', 'Finescale Railroader' & 'Narrow Gauge Downunder' etc.

By any builder past or present, living or dead.
And have it built in any scale of your choice !
Which one would you choose ??



But here's the 'kick'.
You can only pick one !
So choose wisely !



Mine would be the late John Allens 'Gorre & Daphetid' railroad  in 'G' Scale !


Happy New Year everyone !
Let me hear your choices !


Ronnie D.  :cb:




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 Posted: Fri Dec 31st, 2010 12:47 pm
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I take it that Miniatur Wunderland is out of the question.

 
Joking aside, this is one of those questions where, if you were to ask 100 modellers, you'd be guaranteed to get at least 101 different answers. Everyone would give a different answer - and at least 1 would be certain to change their mind!

My guess is that a lot of people in the UK would think of Pendon Museum - which (despite its name) is actually a large model railway, built by a number of people to recreate the appearance of the English countryside between the wars. I've always wanted to see it, but never had the chance.

 
In fact, like a lot of people, I've never had the chance to see any of the really "great" layouts. Also, (being in my mid 40's) I only ever saw steam engines as museum pieces - so, although Pendon is often seen as a British "gold standard", it can't really get my vote.

Rightly or wrongly, I'll stick with Miniatur Wunderland.

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ok, i'll chime in.  if i could have any layout, it would be the san juan central, by malcolm furlow.  AND.........HAPPY NEW YEAR!:glad:



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OK, my "dream layout" sits in the back yard. It's all I ever wanted, 2 foot gauge, funkiness, and no stinkin' wiring except for the lights. If I want to see some John Allen, I will go into Muj's house and look at his HO/HOn3 layout, built on the original Gorre & Daphetid track plan. Muj even has one of Mr Allen's freight cars!

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Woodie I knew this would be your answer !!!! (laughing).

Happy New Year !!

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OK, Ronnie...Someone who really influenced me a long time ago was Mr. Lyle Spears, a pioneer HO logging modeler. I don't think Mr Spears had a layout, but rather a long "module" representing a logging camp and engine facilities. When I saw his photos in MR back in the early 60's, I thought the photos were of real stuff. Mr Spears had wiggly track, weeds, junk, and funky equipment in a time when weathering was not an issue...there was hardly any being done. His photos inspired me to do what I do..so if there was a "dream layout" that got to me, it was his. Later on, John Olsen built his wonderful Celio Lumber Co and Mescal Lines RR HOn3 layouts, another inspiration. I got to meet John and talked with him quite a while. He was/is a real gentleman and a great modeler. Last I heard, John was still with Disney Co., but Mr Spears has long since gone to run trains in the hereafter.

But what I said earlier still stands..when I dream, I dream about Mogollon and the Bloated Goat.

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Well, if you picked something too large, you would only get to enjoy it for a very short time before maintenance (or lack of it) would start to mess seriously with your enjoyment of it.

So for me, it would have to be something that was built well enough, and not overwhelmingly large.

It would have to be believable -no John Allen 30 bridges per mile. No Malcom Furlow improbable vertical scenery.

I think that Allen McCellands  "Virginian and Ohio", in S in scale would be the ideal semi-mainline layout.

Or a 1/48 version of the "Carabasset and Dead River" two footer, by Farey or Hyden (never could keep which one was which in my head)


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Herb,

Happy New Year !!!! I would like the
Gorre and Daphetid but without all the bells and whistle that came with it. Mainly the mountain scenery and bridges.And all the other little funky scene's John Allen added.


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W C Greene wrote:
OK, Ronnie...Someone who really influenced me a long time ago was Mr. Lyle Spears, a pioneer HO logging modeler. I don't think Mr Spears had a layout, but rather a long "module" representing a logging camp and engine facilities. When I saw his photos in MR back in the early 60's, I thought the photos were of real stuff. Mr Spears had wiggly track, weeds, junk, and funky equipment in a time when weathering was not an issue...there was hardly any being done. His photos inspired me to do what I do..so if there was a "dream layout" that got to me, it was his. Later on, John Olsen built his wonderful Celio Lumber Co and Mescal Lines RR HOn3 layouts, another inspiration. I got to meet John and talked with him quite a while. He was/is a real gentleman and a great modeler. Last I heard, John was still with Disney Co.,


but Mr Spears has long since gone to run trains in the hereafter.


But what I said earlier still stands..when I dream, I dream about Mogollon and the Bloated Goat.

                                      Woodie


Woodie,

Lyle Spears is still alive and well. I talk to him about once a year and just now got off the phone from wishing him a Happy New Year and shooting the train bull for a while. He lives in Olympia, Wash. and I can give you his phone number if you would like to call and say hello.

Someone added a caption on a picture of something Lyle had made and listed him as passed away by mistake a few years ago.

I have a signed copy of his book of drawings called "Logs A' Rollin' " with a date of 1961 on the cover and a few other drawings he did later. He still goes to a few of the Logging Theme Train Show on the Left Coast.

I have a copy of two magazine articles about his Logging Theme work. One is from the MR, Dec 1963, "Western Logging Co.: a model paradise" with Layout diagram and pictures. The other article is from the MR, July 1966, "Structures for a logging camp" this one has 6 drawings and pictures of both prototypes and model buildings.

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Hmmm... gotta say that I wouldn't want anyone's layout. As good as some of them have been, none have ever caused me "layout envy". The only layout I want is the one that I create. That's just how I roll. :P



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