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Rick
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  4:09:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Today, some of the members from New jersey meet at one of our favorite hobby shops. In attendance were Bruce (Dutchman), Pat (belg), Dave (Thorn Creek and Western) and myself. After spending some money we took a drive to visit my friend Ira. In the past I have posted pictures of Ira's incredibly detailed passenger and freight cars. If you haven't seen them they are well worth the effort to search for on the forums. Todays visit focused primarily on his layout. Here are a few pictures.










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wvrr
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  4:17:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rick,

Boy, I knew I was going to miss something special! Thanks for posting those photos. I hope another visit could be arranged in the future. Ira really has amazing talent.

Chuck



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teejay
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  5:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Rick ,

I figured Ira was a steam guy ...nary a diesel in sight .

Terry



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Mario Rapinett
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  5:56:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by teejay

Thanks Rick ,

I figured Ira was a steam guy



With a name like Ira, I thought it was a girl....

got me excited for nothing....



PS.... Nice modeling pics..



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slimrails
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  6:01:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I noticed that Ira has some very sharp rolling stock models of the Sunshine/Westerfield type. Can you tell me something about his rolling stock?


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Thorn Creek and Western
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  6:12:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit Thorn Creek and Western's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by teejay

Thanks Rick ,

I figured Ira was a steam guy ...nary a diesel in sight .

Terry


Actually, Terry, Ira Deutsch probably has more Diesels than steam on his Ontario & Hudson. The reason you didn't see 'em is that Ira's layout moves forward or back in time by two years each week! He covers ca. 1920 to 1980
in thirty weeks and then reverses the process! The Ontario & Western we saw today was in 1930.

I took some pix to supplement Rick's. I'm sure Pat and Bruce will post later.


Here's Ira pointing out underbody details on his incredibly detailed RPO/Baggage car.


Pat (Belg) learning from the master.


A nice scratchbuilt truss bridge.


More bridges


All of Ira's locomotives and most of the rolling stock are hand-lettered! Amazing in HO.


There are a lot of trolleys on the layout. Ira is presently writing a book about the once-extensive Public Service (NJ) trolley system.


Scratchbuilt turntable and enginehouse.


Ira worked for a time for the NYC Railroad. One of his projects was to design a sand facility for a terminal in upstate NY. This is his scale model from his own plans!


Here's the master's workbench.



-Dave


-Dave

Edited by - Thorn Creek and Western on 01/07/2006 6:45:39 PM

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Karl Osolinski
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  6:36:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by teejay

Thanks Rick ,

I figured Ira was a steam guy ...nary a diesel in sight .

Terry



Hi Terry,

What's a diesel?

karl O.



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wvrr
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  6:53:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks for posting those, Dave. Did Ira hand letter his engines and some of the structures? They just look like the quality work he did on the cars he showed us, last time. Plus, they don't look like something I can get in a decal. Just awesome work. The book he is writing sounds interesting! What's he working on at the workbench, currently?

Chuck



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Tabooma County Rwy
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  6:58:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looks like a fantastic layout - some great modeling! Sure would like to see it in person! Thanks for sharing the pics.


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MikeC
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  7:43:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here are links to 3 other threads (with photos) about Ira's scratchbuilt rolling stock:
www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8888
www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6064
www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=5977




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teejay
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  7:45:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Karl , how about Vin Diesel , one time ( as in once ) movie star .

T



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  7:53:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent, thanks for the pics!


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George D
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  8:48:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a way to spend a Saturday - I envy you guys. Thanks for the fantastic pictures Rick and Dave.

George



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LVRALPH
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  9:15:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Man I wish I could have been there!


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Rick
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  9:24:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Chuck, Ira invited us to come back some time, so maybe you can make it then.

Terry, as Dave already mentioned he has quite a few diesels. He has a whole display case full of them. I didn't get a picture of them but maybe Pat or Bruce did.

Russ, I can't answer your question about his frieght cars. I'll ask about them next time.

Here are few more pictures.











This steam engine, except for the wheels, trucks on the tender and couplers, is scratch built.



He didn't mention anything about the caboose, but I'm sure it's scratch built too.



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wvrr
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Posted - 01/07/2006 :  10:42:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit wvrr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Rick,

I'm glad a second trip to visit Ira might be in the future.

Chuck



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