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    I came across this site this morning and thought I'd share it with those who remember these fine gentlemen. I recall visiting Earl, Don, Al and Harold many years ago when I first entered the hobby. Each was a great inspiration in getting me started with this great hobby.

    http://smallshawrailroad.com/htfdworkshop-1.htm

    John Elwood

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    Hi John,

    I'd seen the site before but had misplaced the link.

    Wonderful models, and true craftsman.

    I had the pleasure of meeting many of these fine gentleman before we lost them -

    One thing I remember is that although they were excellent modelers, they also knew how to have fun!

    Thanks for reminding me about this page!

    Marty
    Marty McGuirk

    Manassas, VA

    www.centralvermontrailway.blogspot.com

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    • #3
      Hi John,

      Earl and Harold were always the gracious host when I would visit them. They would take the time to explain how they did anything that was asked of them. They were hobby greats that will be missed.

      Frank

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      • #4
        I'm not sure I ever met any of them, but I recall being pleased and impressed with the Model Railroader articles they did.

        I wonder if it would be appropriate to ask Earl's son if he'd leave the site up longer, or let someone else host it.
        James

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        • #5
          Just seeing those names brings back some great memories. While I never met any of them, they all influenced me at a young age. I can remember reading their articles in Model Railroader magazine and being in awe of what they had accomplished.

          Thanks for sharing that link and restoring those memories!
          Mark

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by MarkF


            Just seeing those names brings back some great memories. While I never met any of them, they all influenced me at a young age. I can remember reading their articles in Model Railroader magazine and being in awe of what they had accomplished.

            Thanks for sharing that link and restoring those memories!


            Me, too! Earl's work, in particular, inspired my interest in period urban modeling.
            dave
            Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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            • #7
              It's great to see this site. As for me, when I discovered Model Railroader more than 30 years ago, it was an issue that featured Don Clerke's layout (in particular his wonderful bridges), and that let me discover a completely different kind of modelling - considering I only knew French model railroads then.

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              • #8
                Yes, thanks for posting this, John. I' too, remember being in awe of the modelling exploits of this illustrious group. I also remember watching video footage of their great layouts. They were a great inspiration to so many. [:-apple]
                Mike Hamer

                Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

                http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

                http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

                http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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                • #9
                  When I saw Earl Smallshaw at a convention I walked up to him and said "Earl Smallshaw! I've always wanted to meet you."

                  Earl blushed and couldn't figure out why I would even know who he was.

                  His articles were a big influence on my modeling.

                  Thanks for the link.

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