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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch PART TWO
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 Posted: Tue Oct 4th, 2016 07:41 pm
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Thanks for the kind word, Reg! I'm sure that before long, you'll have caught up to where I am now. It's not a race, but I agree that sometimes, you need to have a goal to measure and often it can be paced with someone else's work.
I get what you mean about the rainy/grey. We're sure in the middle of it right now. Hopefully this will be the kind of Fall/Winter that allows for some sunny days every now and then.
I just HATE it when it gets windy. I live where there's a fragile power grid and I get quite nervous when the winds pick up (I guess because I was born and raised in Hurricane country and we'd lose power/water for a long time if a bad storm came through). I don't have a lot of fun in my layout room (which faces the prevailing winds from the SW) if the winds have picked up.
But as for this Fall, my goal is to have the trees finished and then I'll be going nuts with all the little detail stuff. I have a grocery bag FILLED with detail parts of various types...



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 Posted: Tue Oct 4th, 2016 09:08 pm
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Lee:

Being on the forum definitely helps the motivation levels.

Here in our area weather is usually pretty mild. It very rarely gets very cold (20 degrees is a really chilly day in Winter), or very hot. But it is almost continually gray and damp from late October until January or February. We might get a few cold and clear days in January. March and April are gray and damp, too.

Great weather for puttering in the basement.

We don't get hurricanes or blizzards.

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 Posted: Tue Oct 4th, 2016 09:39 pm
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FYI for anyone else reading this, Reg and I live reasonably close to each other. That said, I've never met the man. That's one of the great things about the internet, you can find out that there are people near you who share your interest. I have a sneaking suspicion at some point Reg and I will be talking in person someday.



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 Posted: Tue Oct 4th, 2016 09:56 pm
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Lee:

I think so too.

Referencing the internet, it is amazing how many friends, some of them quite close friends, I have that I have never met and would have difficulty identifying in person as a result of the internet.

It is also amazing how many circles I run into. I have friends who know other friends and I had no idea they knew each other. Never would have known except for internet connections.

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Well...
...I don't live close by...
...but I do know Stoney Creek pretty well from Freerails !!

Close but far away.

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...they DROOL !



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Reg wrote

''Referencing the internet, it is amazing how many friends, some of them quite close friends, I have that I have never met and would have difficulty identifying in person as a result of the internet. ''

AMEN to that !


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 Posted: Fri Oct 28th, 2016 10:59 pm
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So, will I represent every part of Southern life in the 40s on the layout?

Someone was asking me today if I would have segregated life represented on the layout (mostly via signs). I responded that Stoney Creek was WAY up in the hills and that I didn’t think segregation was even a thing up there. I've emailed my Mom if either of my (now 80 years old) parents ever saw anything marked, “Whites only” in the immediate area when they were kids. I’m sure there was stuff like that in the towns. Nearby Elizabethton for sure would have had signs like that, but as the only restroom on the layout is an outhouse, I’d think it’d be a moot point. I really doubt anyone would have bothered to put such a sign on the outhouses at any of the stores along Stoney Creek road.
I really want to do justice the timeframe and Jim Crow laws would be part of that, but I can’t imagine anyone would have wasted their time with signs like that up in Stoney Creek if you only ever saw white people up there in that timeframe. I'm not saying that folks up there were more enlightened than other people in the south (they weren't), but it was more of a non-issue as I'm pretty sure only whites lived way up in those hills back then. Heck, I think that was the case up there, even well into my own lifetime.
We’ll see how my folks respond to what they can recall. I don’t think either of my parents saw any non-whites until they were no longer kids.
But if there's an historical likelihood to such signs being used then and there, yes, I'll be putting them up. I want the layout to be as accurate of a representation of the timeframe as I can make it, both good and bad.

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Tonight, I swore I saw the scale ghosts of conductor Cy Crumley and engineer Sherman Pippin. I snapped some shots, thinking when I look later, they'd just be of empty track. Halloween came early for the ET&WNC!
They just walked out of the cornfield at the Ensor farm looked around, and Cy walked down the tracks to near the grade crossing at Sadie. Sherman went directly for # 11, which was sitting cold at the time. A chill came over the air...



As these two were gentlemen in life, I expect no evil from them now. As the locals said after I showed them the photos (taken from my Speed Graphic box camera), "Them ain't haints, they's wouldn't do nary a bit of evil h'yar!"
To translate Hillbilly to English, such distinguished men wouldn't come back as bad spirits. At the worst, I was told I might get tiny letters of admonishment over some conditions on the layout.



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The translucent nature of the "haints" really pick up the nice green colors of the layout and add a ghoulish quality to the photos. Happy Halloween.:apl: Doc Tom

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I took a bunch of long-term exposures and played around with smoke/steam effects (in real time, using a twist paper towel moved around while the exposure was going) and I think it turned out pretty well. This is some practice for the photos I'll be taking for my upcoming magazine article...




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