|An overall view of Port Dover, one of the new scenes on the layout.|
The first stop on the HOMES layout tour last Saturday was Rich and his son's Geoff Chrysler layout. I was shocked to hear of Rich's passing this spring. I had seen him a few times last fall and during the winter and all was well. This open house was a tribute to Rich's accomplishments. Arriving at his home I visited with his brother Roger and some of his close friends including Clare Gilbert of Sylvan Scale Models and Pierre Oliver of Elgin Car Shops to name a few.
Rich's layout is a 18' by 30' two level HO scale line in the Hamilton to Lake Erie Ontario area set in 1950. The track is 90% done and scenery is in place at all locations although they say it is only half finished. The engines I saw operating all are DCC and sound equipped. The scenes are all prototype based with photos of the actual location posted below. Track is all hand-laid.
|The CNR main line is seen crossing the NYC. Rich did a great job blending the foreground into the background. There is not a lot of room beyond the main line. Most of this area is painted on the backdrop.|
|Rich's brother Roger operates a local during the layout tour. Roger is now retired and can be found working a couple of days a week at Credit Valley Railroad Co. a hobby shop near Toronto.|
|Rich did a great job blending building flats with painted structures to give a narrow shelf depth.|
|Another example of how structures added to the backdrop look real.|