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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 07:17 pm
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Another great is Tom Yorke.
But, he, like Furlow, is not loved by all.
I let him use one of my vendor's tables at a Narrow Gauge Convention in Maine.
So I got to spend three whole days talking and watching him weather different items.
Among current favorites is Woodie Greene.

We all work with the same paint, brushes, plaster and wood, but there is something special about the work of Woodie Greene.
His work just breathes "atomosphere".
And like Furlow, he is someone I look forward to meeting someday.
Without tar and feathers, however.



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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 08:46 pm
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When we discuss people who inspire us, this does not mean we personally like or respect that person's personality.
In the case of this thread, inspiration is who or what motivates us to improve our modeling.



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 Posted: Thu Mar 9th, 2017 11:05 pm
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Around my circle of train fans, "Going all Malcom Furlow" on something means you weathered it way past any reality would allow.
I never felt ‘inspired’ as such by John Allen as I always noted his whimsical stuff that didn’t do it for me. I thought the scenery was great, but that was about it.
Robert Hegge’s Crooked Mountain Lines was a great layout. Even though I have zero interest in a juice line, I have always held a soft spot for his work for some reason:

John Olson’s Jerome and Southwesterm series in MR was one I really liked, even though I don’t think I was ‘inspired’ as such.
Bruce Chubb’s Sunset Valley opened my eyes to interior details.
Allen McClelland’s V&O was a real inspiration, with really good scenery, detailed trains and good operations.
There’s probably more but these are all I can think of right now.
But the ones that inspired me the most are the good local layouts I’ve seen. Probably most of all is Chuck Rickett’s On30 layout: http://soundrail.org/layouts2.php?m=ricketts



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Malcom Furlow, started my interest in narr'r gauge.  His San Juan Central was so cool, and I never had been to Colorado.  John Olsen's Mescal Lines was pretty wild, I was too young for John Allen's influence.  
But then I too discovered the NG&SL Gazette.  It still is an incredible magazine.  Here these guys were doing incredible stuff with models and trains.  So many authors have been in that magazine.  It wasn't too long after following Harry Brunk's articles that I went to Colorado and started fanning the C&Sng.  Holy Smokes!  The CO bug bit me.  While all my friends were Rio Grande Southerning and Rio Granding, I was trapping bears.  
 But my heart wasn't really there, even though it was cool, I was and still am a Far Western guy, and I got to meet Boone Morrison who was modeling my back yard where I grew up.  Deal me in, his research and building of Marshal was just what I needed to fire me up.  I was still stuck in Nevada though, it has always been my mistress.  One scene on my new railroad will be Brown's Canyon Trestle outside of Occidental, CA where Boone and a few of us visited.  So it's not in Nevada, but it is a very cool scene. 
All of these guys got me to where I am today.
I still look at these guys and think, I sure hope that I can do what they did with what I love.  I must also confess that there are a number of guys on this forum that I look forward to new posts from.  There is quite a bit of artistic talent here and I am grateful that I found this forum!  Y'all keep posting and keep my imagination fed please!



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 Posted: Sat Mar 11th, 2017 01:43 am
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i keep going back to the few pictures i have of Dick Andrews' drafting table micro layout circa 1950 with the hopes of actually building it next winter.

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I would like to add Linn Westcott to the list.  He wrote several books for Kalmbach such as A Railroad That Grows and How To Build Model Railroad Benchwork.  He also wrote many an article for Model Railroader as well as being the editor for many years.

I would like to mention Woodie as being a great motivator in getting me off my butt and trying something new.  His Mogollon Railway just has the right feel to it.  And, 1/35 scale is much easier on the eyes to work with compared to HO or even O scale. 



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