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YOUR DREAM LAYOUT ! - The Chance To Own ANY Legendary Layout Throughout History ?
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 Posted: Thu Feb 24th, 2011 08:12 am
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Run Down And Poor Lumber Company
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MinerFortyNiner,

Many Thanks !!!

I bust my rear end for 2 years straight, to get this layout done,
for the 23rd Narrow Gauge Convention held in Denver that year.

And I started with a empty building from the ground up.

And not to toot my own horn !!!
But I got more work done in 2 years,
where it would have taken most guys in this hobby 10 years to do !!

PS. I really enjoy your work !!!
And the detailing on your little Porters are top notch !!

Ronnie D. :cb:




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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 03:55 pm
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If I could own any model railroad in the world,

it would have to be the magnificent

FRANKLIN AND SOUTH MANCHESTER

of George Sellios of FSM fame.

Visited it 4 times over the years.


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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2019 06:24 pm
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Without hesitating for a second.

'Port Caribou R.R. & Western Navigation'  by Dick Patterson.

It was featured in Nov 1997 Model Railroader...
A 16 x 16 1/2 island type HOn3 layout,
several loops intermeshed with each other, "European style".

Great scenery, working drawbridge, real DEEP water in the harbor,
and a paddlewheel ferry that actually moved in and out of it.
Have scanned the article, but think I can't post it here,
anybody interested give me his email address.

Dick also built the "Dolly Varden" layout.
A strange concept where one looks in a gorge,
with tracks coming out of the sheer walls,
and crossing the abyss...
However these are several unconnected loops,
so no operation that makes sense is possible...
only optical illusion.

I understand Dick went to the Great Roundhouse long ago.
I am afraid the layouts are gone too.




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As a kid I stumbled across a Model Railroader magazine,
with the 'Marquette & Independence' M.R. project layout.

Something about that plan and how self contained it is,
with lots of switching and a small yard has just stuck in my mind.

One Day I will probably build it,
but it will be either N scale, or 1:55n3.




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 Posted: Fri Jun 7th, 2019 01:26 am
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There are a number of great layouts to choose from.

I think I would be very happy with the Alturas & Lone Pine by Whit Towers.



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 Posted: Wed Jun 12th, 2019 03:12 pm
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Hi All,

Mike, really nice to see a revival of this thread.

It was probably overdue,
as an entertaining outlet for all us dreamers.

In my case, it's a difficult challenge.
I have found that the majority of the model railroads,
that I admired the most from a scenery perspective,
were not the best when it came to Operation.

From an Operation perspective,
most great layouts built with Operation in mind,
are not "Scenery masterpieces".
Although some certainly are.

Plus, the style of Operation would play an important role for me,
as I like running a train from start to finish as an Engineer,
rather than handing trains off to the next Dispatcher.

So I don't have an answer to this question,
but I promise to have come to some kind of a decision,
by this time tomorrow. 

:doh:

Rick




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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 11:19 am
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Over the sixty years of modelling that I have been doing,
I have to say there is no particular layout I wanted or that really inspired me.

The layout that I have now (Martin's Creek) is the layout I want,
as it has taken about twenty five years for it to become what it is today,
with a number of changes and improvements over the years.

I have had inspirations from seeing many layouts at exhibitions,
on forums such as FreeRails and in magazines.

It's a life long project (mental wise)
storing those scenes in your mind that take your fancy,
and recreating them on to your layout with your own flavour to make them work.

I have tried to recreate real life scenes that I have seen on logging tramway sites,
to create the realism that I require to fulfill the scene, but not always working out right.
That is something you go back to later on to rebuild or start again.

These days along with learning new skills and better materials to build with,
one can get great results as seen on many pictures on FreeRails.

Everyone has their own standard of what they want, some get to their standard easily,
some have to work hard on it, but it is all part of the learning process,
and eventually you reach the point where you are happy with what you have.

I think the important thing is to plan a goal (roughly) of what you want,
work towards that goal and enjoy the time you spend doing it.

Sure you will have failures but the pleasure comes when you fix the failure,
and I have had many.
Inspiration comes to people in many ways and for me,
it's when I'm in the mood and the music is up loud.

I have a long way to go to improve my skills as I'm not an expert modeller,
but these days I'm not in a hurry either.
But I admire many modellers, their achievements and their skills,
we never stop learning.


:thumb:

.............................Peter




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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 03:22 pm
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Peter,  

Interesting reply,
especially your point about being mostly interested in your own layout,
simply due to all the planning and fixing that you've done to get to this point .....

..... which invariably sets up a situation whereby,
you already have the features you want and what interests you the most.


Since my original post, I have come to the conclusion,
that operating on the late Paul Scole's Pelican Bay and Navigation Co,
would have been a blast. 

Like a multitude of other 12 year olds,
I was stunned by photos of the Gorre and Daphetid .....
But I'm not sure I'd want to operate on a DC layout anymore ..... too spoiled.


Best

Rick




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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 05:02 pm
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I wouldn't really want anything smaller than O now that I've been in O for several years.
It's all too tiny for me!

Maybe John Armstrong's Canandaigua Southern?

https://www.modelrailroadacademy.com/video/canandaigua-southern-014477/

Or even though I am not a huge fan of 3-rail, I ADORE Norm Charbonneau's Hi-rail Layout:

https://www.youtube.com/user/normcharbonneau




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I remember John's CS layout. 

A true pioneer in model railroading.


Let us not forget the many great layouts that we have here on FR.  

Has anyone ever counted the total number of photos that are in a gallery?




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