Peter’s been back in touch another update.
You can see all his posts here. It’s fantastic to see a layout come to life like this.
Working on the On3 portion of my layout.
Still track work to be done running behind the buildings. More trees to add & grass tufts.
“A nice teenager was a bit too young for a summer job. He kept his agile brain and hands busy and built a diorama from the Jennings Lumber Company kit.
The kit is still available online for $150-$200 un-assembled from Scale Structures Limited. And what a job Tim did! Look at the detail, you can even see tire tracks in the dirt. Tim added a lot more detail to the basic kit and then built a stand and surrounding glass and frame for protection.
The diorama went on a journey, residing for a time at the local historical society and then the railroad park in Scottsdale Arizona. Eventually it became a fixture at the train store that Tim’s father ran in Mesa, Arizona. I enjoyed visiting the store for years, and although I never met Tim’s father, who became ill, I was charmed by Tim, his wife, employees and a couple of friendly cats.
It was a gathering place for us train geezers! Finally, it was time for Tim to move on and he closed the store, selling all the fixtures. I approached Tim and said, “You don’t want this winding up in someone’s basement or garage, sell it to me and my patients will enjoy it every day.”
We agreed on a price, separated the display from the base, loaded the two parts into my SUV and I carefully drove it a few miles to Scottsdale. I put a fresh coat of paint on the base before reassembling the parts, and, yes, I’m proud to display Tim’s work at my Ophthalmology office.
The only change to his work is I added an old locomotive and a few HO train cars, but otherwise it is just as he created it more than forty years ago!
My prediction was true, it is a guy magnet and patients passing by my office window often come in to ooh and aah.
Dennis Cooper, M.D.,
A big thanks to Peter and Dennis.
Peter’s layout is quite something. I went back though his old posts when I added the link above. What a journey! Can’t wait for the next update.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if you want to start your model railroad journey, the Beginner’s Guide is here.