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 Posted: Thu Aug 27th, 2020 07:04 pm
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Another old shot off the layout,

of the Ensor house just in front of the ET&WNC tracks at Sadie, TN on a sweltering August afternoon in 1943:







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 Posted: Mon Oct 12th, 2020 09:56 pm
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Over the weekend, I shot a lot of video,
for a project I'm keeping mum about until it comes to pass.

While trying out new angles I found one I really liked.
 
I staged my own shot of a coal train at a spot that worked well,
which I'm keeping for my own uses.

(don't worry, they'll get shots from the same angle,
and I doubt they'll care what's in the train on those shots they get):

https://youtu.be/_qR5oo2NC4c




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I took another video for the heck of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZTURk9sO-o







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Want to see the tightest spot for a Blue Point?





I lucked up with having just a couple of extra millimeters on three sides to even mount this thing.

It's over two feet away from the edge, so I mounted this to a small block of wood,
lined it up with the turnout as best as I could, then held it into place underneath with one hand,
and with the other hand, ran screws from the top down into that block.

It was not a happy experience.

Sadly, the turnout has always given me grief,
and it never wants to set to the passing siding (thankfully it doesn't get used that way much)
as easy as the other turnouts (all of which are far more accessible).

I'm going to have to do some work to the one of the points,
so the cars want to go that direction better...




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As always, it's the summer of 1943 at the Hunter, TN depot,

and a lovely local gal is waiting for her sweetheart to arrive with a 72-hour pass at Camp Forrest:





The old men are inside arguing about checkers and the war "across the water",

at the Grindstaff store near Hurley Hollow, at Sadie, TN





The commuters wait for the 12;15 to Johnson City at the Buladeen depot:





Another duty day is halfway done at 'Baker' Company, 796th ROB:










And near the Ensor farm, the gap is set correct to keep the cows in their pen.

New-fangled flatlander swing gates are unheard of here:







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I added a new gas pump at the Grindstaff store.

It's a very small detail but I found a very good looking model,
of the right Texaco brand pump for normal leaded gas,
that would have been in use in rural areas in the '40s.

It's 1/43 scale so it's a little bigger than it should be,
but these pumps were very tall in real life, so I think it works well.

It only took about 20 minute of weathering (dry brushing and washes)
to get it to look right for the location.

I got a second one, but ethyl gas pumps were yellow,
and I can't think of a way to paint the other to a authentic looking yellow,
without ripping off the excellent decals already on this pump...







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On my layout, veterans are never forgotten:













































Lee Bishop
Captain, US Army
1998-2006




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A few random close-in shots around the Buladeen depot over the weekend...

















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Hi Lee  :Salute:


Looks like you're doing really well on your detailing !  :thumb:


I totally LOVE this fencing scene & 'gate'.





Too many  C :cool: :cool: L  pics. ... But I really like the kinda oDd angle look of this one.





Your new 2-6-2T is lookin' pretty good in among all those nice B&W vintage details as well.





Just a few personal favs. from a STELLA Page !

Seasons Greetings & congrats. on the photos.


:s: :s: :s: :s: :s:


(Gotta be 5-Star General material ... At least !) 


:java::Salute:


Si.




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Thanks, Si!

I love getting angles of shots that most don't think to get.


As for the fence,
my mother told me exactly how a fence should look in that time and place.

They didn't call these "gates" as they didn't swing.
They were called "gaps" and you pulled out the boards one at a time to get in or out.

I sketched it from her description and was very happy to finally find this photo,
right before I was going to make a model of it.
 
This was taken of the ET&WNC's 3-foot line final run to Cranberry, NC in 1950,
near Stateline Hill (just outside of Elizabethton, TN).

Note the gap in the foreground:





Note the bales of hay just outside the gap on my layout.
There are two milk cows in that enclosure, just as Mom says was common then.

She and Dad both confirmed the types of breeds which were common,
so I re-painted two Holstein heifers as Guernsey and Jersey types.


People then weren't big on wagons in the Blue Ridge in the 40s,
they often used sleds made from wood.

I'm in the process right now of researching them,
to build a faithful model of one of those as well.




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