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Dutchman
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Posted - 12/01/2006 :  5:26:01 PM  Show Profile
December is a month where many clubs open their layouts to visitors. I thought, therefore, that we would devote this month's Gallery to photos taken at those Open Houses. Also feel free to post pictures taken at private layouts that you have visited at conferences, conventions, or by invitation. I always gather modeling ideas when I visit a layout, and I am looking forward to learning a lot from the pictures posted this month.

As always, please adhere to the following posting requirements: photo files should be no more than 80kb @ 72ppi in size - even if downloading from a remote server or website - and can be no more than 7 inches in width (to prevent viewers from having to scroll back and forth to see the entire photo or read text on the same page). This can also be acheived by sizing your picture so the width is in the 680-720 pixel range.

Photo submissions not meeting the above requirements will be resized by the Moderator.

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/02/2006 :  11:24:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
Hi Bruce. This is an intriguing concept for the month in photography, so I'll kick things off with some shots from a recent St. Lawrence Division meeting of the NMRA here in Ottawa, Ontario.

We typically meet in the morning as a group, share lunch at a restaurant then visit two layouts in the afternoon. There are five such Saturday meetings over the course of a year with the summers being taken off for family time.



Here's the display table from the morning section of the meet. That's Bill Meredith to the left in conversation with Brian Earl. Brian's grandson is checking out my Alder Models diorama. Bill has his own company which makes just about anything "Colorado Narrow-Guageish" and he is a "brass master". Brian is a custom N-Scale painter who has clients all over the world. We'll visit Brian's layout later this afternoon.



Typical of the level of modelling we see at the table is this magnificent roundhouse constructed be Grant Knowles. We'll also visit Grant's Colorado layout this afternoon. See you then!


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/02/2006 :  11:38:52 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
It's funny...when you visit a model railroad on a layout tour, you often learn something about the layout owner before you even reach the layout room. And...on our visit to Grant's Colorado based layout, we learn that he is into some other hobbies that are not scaled down to size!



Yup, this ain't no "model" car...this is the real thing. Hmmm...I wonder if Grant will let us run this after we've run a few trains?!



She's a "beaut" for sure! Now, it's down into the train room.



Yes, I really get the sense that I'm out west while running this train around Grant's layout.



Love those "bumble-bees" too! Now...what's that thing in the picture down below?



Yes, Grant is no different than the rest of us modellers who like to "dabble" in other scale rail interests. In Grant's case it's an HO scale version of CN's Sweeps...a combination SWitcher/jEEP.



...and, just when you'd think he has no time on his hands...he'll surprise with this model he'd been dabbling with over the past year or two...a model built for a friend...the Millett Creamery! Yes, model railroading sure is fun!

***IMPORTANT LESSON***

This next little story holds a lesson for all of us to heed when touring layouts. If you hand your camera off to a friend to snap a picture for you...make sure it's in his hands before you release it from yours!

There was this particular shot I wanted to get, but I was too short. Chris Lyon offered to snap the shot for me from his taller vantage point, so I handed the camera to him to do so. The hand-off didn't go so well and my camera hit the floor from a couple of feet. My heart was a-fluttering, but alas, little damage done. Here is the shot Chris snapped for me. The offshoot lesson here is to "have your headlight turned on" before you shoot the image!








Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/02/2006 :  11:58:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
Brian Earl's N-scale empire was our other layout on the tour. Here are some images taken while in his basement on the island of Manotick just south of the capital region.

Of note is the fact that even though I brought my tripod along, I chose not to set it up as it would get in the way of all the other visitors, another thing to consider when shooting at home layouts when they are open for tours. Of course, I know Brian well and can head back to his place anytime for better shots.



That's Brian's "mug" with the big smile with Chris in the background focussed on his train as it departs the yard.



And...we see Chris's train in care of a trio of diesels on its way out of the yard.



You never know what you'll spot in a yard and those hoppers labelled Rideau are named after the Rideau River that empties into the Ottawa River near the downtown area of our city. The waterfall where this event occurs makes a beautiful curtain of water and the French word for curtain is rideau...so there you have a touch of history! It's amazing just what little tidbits of knowledge one can acquire while attending an "open house".



Bill Meek and Jim Baxter admire what can be done in N-scale. Well, Jim already knows as he is currently modelling the St. J & LC in the era around the 1920's in N-scale.



That's one long retaining wall as we see a beautiful steamer pass along the main.



The scenery to track ratio of N-scale can really be appreciated in this shot looking up from the river valley. Brian admits that he still has to do the river pour, but little unfinished sections will not prevent him from hosting an open house!



We are trusted guests and Brian lets us operate the layout even though it's a tour. Here he is overseeing the action behind the great mountain near the entrance to the room.



And...what do we see peek around the side of the mountain but a "train"...of course! Geez...I think to myself...maybe I could recreate the Boston and Maine in N-scale!

So, there you have it. A day spent with a bunch of great people touring fantastic layouts and seeing some great modelling to boot! Yes, photography can be a bit of a nuisance for you when visiting someone else's domain...and that's something I'm still working on. I found I could "brace" myself against the fascia, but my apologies if a couple of shots were a little fuzzy!



Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Dutchman
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Posted - 12/02/2006 :  5:09:05 PM  Show Profile
Mike, that is a great way to kick off the month! I loved that shot of the Millett Creamery, and I am super impressed with that N-scale layout.


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Cletus
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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  10:43:51 AM  Show Profile  Visit Cletus's Homepage
Mike;

concerning the dropped camera and no damage.... Yikes! You are right to be thankful it did not cause damage........
to the Layout!.





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jon grant 4472
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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  1:27:04 PM  Show Profile
I took the layout over 300 miles to a show in London last month.






Next weekend I'm hosting an NMRA open house for our sub-dividion of the British Region - I don't have to travel for that one, but will get some photos snapped off for this thread.

Jon


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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  1:32:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
Hi Cletus, Yes...you're right me lad! I'd feel terrible if I ever damaged someone's layout out of carelessness. As it was, Grant's concrete floor held out...and, luckily for me...my camera!

Jon...as always, your layout continues to impress with your high calibre of craftsmanship...and it's nice to see others as they appreciate your fine modelling skills!


Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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Dutchman
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Posted - 12/03/2006 :  10:29:29 PM  Show Profile
I'm lucky to live in an area where there are four clubs in easy driving distance that hold open houses this time of year.

Sometimes a club layout has a 'signature scene' that they are know for or of which they are particularly proud. For the Garden State Model Railway Club in North Haledon, NJ, it is their curved trestle near the entrance to the layout.



I took that picture from the rear of the trestle, but the better picture is from the front. If you follow this link, you will see a picture of the front of the trestle on the opening page of the club website.

http://gsmrrclub.org/






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Cigarguy
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  06:59:55 AM  Show Profile
Jon,
I wish I could see your layout in person. The work you do is simply fantastic, and it sure sets a benchmark for me - I will try to achieve that level of quality on my next layout.


Mike
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"The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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RichBeau
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  11:02:16 AM  Show Profile
Great stuff all! And thanks for the stories.

I was at the NMRA Hub Division this weekend. On Sunday I got to take a few photos. Heres one from the Narragansett Bay Railway & Navigation Co. The NBR&N is an On30 modular RR built by members of the Little Rhody Division of the NMRA. It depicts a fictional narrow gauge RR in south eastern New England in the 1930's-40s. There's some great modeling on this thing! Here's a photo of the turntable which is built out over the salt flats.



Just fabulous stuff. For those of you attenting the Springfield MA show these guys are usually in attendance.

--Rich B.



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KVRailfan
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  11:32:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit KVRailfan's Homepage
Mike H, do you know the manufacturer of the stone roundhouse that Grant has his 268 in?
Thanks,
Steve



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Cigarguy
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  11:53:56 AM  Show Profile
Wow! I love that turntable! That is some superior modeling!

Mike
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"The Best Wood You Ever Saw!"

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  5:12:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage
Hi Steve, I'll have to contact Grant to find out, if indeed it is a kit. The man's a master and he often scratchbuilds and creates his own molds. I'll try to get that info for you soon.

Mike Hamer
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca
http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca
http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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MarkF
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Posted - 12/04/2006 :  9:37:37 PM  Show Profile
This is a great thread. I can see I'll have to start remembering to carry my camera around so I can participate!

Jon, your layout looks huge in those pictures. How long is it?


Mark

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KVRailfan
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Posted - 12/05/2006 :  12:40:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit KVRailfan's Homepage
Thanks Mike, if he did scratchbuild that one, he sure has tons of talent...and patience!

Steve



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