Monday 27 June 2016

New Baltimore and Fair Haven RR part Don Janes

Here is a photo of the group at Greg's layout on June 13.  From left George Dutka, Mark Olstyn, Don Janes, Peter Mumby and Greg Rich. Peter Mumby photo

A Second look at Greg's NB&FH RR

          When I posted the photos of Greg's layout last week I had a hard time choosing which ones to use so I decided to do a part 2 so you can look at some more scenes on this beautiful layout. I will try to include a few wider shots but am going to concentrate more on close-up shots to show the detailed scenes. All of Greg's scenes are fully detailed showing what you would see if you were standing there looking at them in real life.  Where he excels is adding just enough detail to make the scene look real but not so much that it is cluttered.  When you look at the photos notice how he has attained the perfect balance of detail for any given are.  To me this is an art and Greg has obviously taken the time to note what would actually be present in a scene and knows when he has added enough.  
In this mini scene note the details Greg has added but has not overdone it.  He even added small pieces of wood along the edge of the tarp.  Something most of us likely would have missed.
This scene is right beside the one above.  The detail in the scene is just right to tell a story.

The above two scenes were taken at the small engine service facility at Coffee Springs at the end of a branch line. Greg got a deal on the engine house at a flee market and modified it to fit his needs at this location.
This iron road bridge at Ste.Clair started as an Atlas railroad bridge.  Greg re-worked it to its present appearance which really captures the look of old iron road bridges that were very common in the period he models.

These two photos show the tracks running through the heavily wooded area of La Moore.  There are only a handful of well detailed structures in the area giving it an isolated feeling. Greg has really done a great job of representing autumn in this area.
The Union Brass Foundry is another fine example of a small  trackside industry with just the right amount of details added to make it look real.  This structure is cobbled from commercial and scratchbuilt components.
This harbour scene is at Potominac.  It is loaded with period appropriate detail that brings the scene to life. You can almost hear the busy waterfront activity going on here.
This scene really gives a sense of depth and the impression the road continues on beyond the factory in the background. This road separates the cities of New Baltimore and Fair Haven. 
When we returned to Sarnia we headed for the VIA station and got there just in time to catch this eastbound CN freight that had just come out of the St.Clair tunnel winding up a perfect day of railfanning.. 

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