View single post by Padreh
 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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