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  • #61

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    • #62
      Ralph,

      Ya can't get that kinda service anymore these days,,,,where they check your oil and wash your windows while fillin' it up......

      Stevie O'D

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      • #63
        Jeeze Ralph, I'm going to have to dig some slides up.

        And borrow Robbie's slide scanner so I can scan a few in and post them. My early stuff isn't so hot since I didn't have a 35mm camera, but the newer, post-1978 stuff is good. I also got up the the D&H while they were running the detour over the cut-off, which I think was the last time they ran over it. I got some Fall shots and some Winter (With actual snow!) shots.

        I also have some serious snow shots from a trip I took with Ed and a few other crazies one Winter. We heard it was going to snow, so we got two rental Ford Escorts and went flying up to the D&H to get snow shots. We had a ball! And we got some nice shots in 8+ inches of snow. Dave McGough might have been with us, I don't remember for sure. Some of those trips kind of run together.

        Yes Mark, I remember that run across Starucca! Unfortunately it wasn't the only time we did that.

        Ralph should remember standing on the EL bridge over the LV while shooting the Sharks. We heard this faint rumble, we kept looking at each other. Nah, that's not a train. Just then, an EL freight headed by a pair of SD-45's came around the curve, at speed, on the downgrade, drifting without dynamics! We ran like our lives depended on it. Which they did. Ever try running on ties on an open deck bridge, as fast as you can? It's not easy. You do a lot of looking down, concentrating very hard. It actualy was a double track bridge, but we were worried that another train would sneak up, so we ran. And We didn't really want to be on that bridge with a train slamming by at 45+ MPH.

        Yeah, yeah, young and dumb. That we were. But we lived to tell about it.

        Oh, and we got the shots too. Both the EL freight and the Sharks. My shot of the EL freight is a kind of close-up look, at a 3/4 view, of the nose and cab. Not a great shot, but it conveys the urgency we felt well enough.

        I think it was me, Ralph and Ray on the bridge.

        Keep them coming Ralph, if I can get my act together, I'll throw some up here too.

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        • #64
          I do remember that Mike, and it was the three of us. I think that was the most scared I ever was railfanning.

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          • #65
            Great shots of a neat railroad. I'm glad to see we weren't the only ones putting hell drives to shoot classy little class one roads. A couple of friends of mine would do the same to chase WP. Those were the days. Sure don't have the same drive to chase the Borg UP like we did in the 70's. Thanks for sharing those classic irreplaceable pictures.

            Greg Elems

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            • #66
              I had a great time over at my friend Michel Boucher's where we ran the Adirondack Branch of the D&H. His layout was featured in MRC mag a few years back and it runs on a fast clock with a prototypical schedule, monitored by a dispatcher. He has recently added a new extension in and around his family room and it will have the makings of a new article in the future.

              Here are a few shots for your perusal.






              Chris Lyon

              http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

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              • #67
                Some nice shots of Michel's layout, Chris. Just one clarification...Michel has written a number of articles over the years for RMC, not MR. In fact, his Adirondack Branch adorned the cover of RMC in the past year or so. I know Michel really appreciated your expertise with the painting of the backdrops! [:-apple][:-apple][:-apple]
                Mike Hamer

                Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

                http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

                http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

                http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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                • #68
                  Thanks for sharing those pics Chris. That sure looks like a beautiful layout. Off hand, I don't recall the articles but now I'll have to go back and look. Gotta love that classic D&H paint scheme!
                  Mark

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                  • #69
                    Thanks Mike and Mark. The backdrop article is in the construction forum under backdrops.
                    Chris Lyon

                    http://www.lyonvalleynorthern.blogspot.com

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                    • #70
                      Mikes work is outstanding. I think he had an article im RMC on chopping a RS-11 and weathering diesels.

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                      • #71
                        Michel's D&H layout was the cover article for the September 2004 issue of RMC. The article takes you through the "mind processes" Michel dealt with in converting his freelanced Ontario Central operations oriented layout with long mainline drags and hectic action to a little known branchline operation of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. An excellent read for anyone looking for a change of pace in model railroading!



                        I'll have to conduct a search to find the other articles Michel has written on effective yard design. One thing's for sure...his layout is a blast to operate! [:-apple] [:-apple]
                        Mike Hamer

                        Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

                        http://www.bostonandmaine.blogspot.ca

                        http://www.craftsmanstructures.blogspot.ca

                        http://modelrailroadsivisit.blogspot.ca

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                        • #72
                          Chris

                          Michael's layout look fantastic. Ops must be a load of fun.

                          Peter [:-kitty]

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