The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture museum in North Adams Mass. 83,000 square feet with 40 foot ceilings to accommodate 35 foot tall Empire State Building.
The article can be accessed here Extreme Model Railroad and Architecture Museum
Starting to set up various areas of my layout in different weather and time of day scenarios. will in the future try to photograph the same scene in different looks.
Here an Intermountain Box car with some lashing rain
Intermountain plywood panel box car
After leaving Greely, I went with my friends to Buena Vista CO, a very beautiful area, looking out from their house at 14,000 ft peaks.
Buena Vista view of Collegiate Peaks
Another surprise, was that in the Chafee county courthouse housing the Buena Vista Heritage Museum had a model train exhibit, begun in 1984, all about the railroads and mining in the upper Arkansas River Valley.
Area of model around Leadville CO.
An old photograph showing some of the early building of the model railroad
Old building photo
As I said in the last post, There were visits to several model railway exhibits. The first one was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley Colorado. This Railroad has been featured in Model Railroader magazine as well as other publications. It is very well done and has walk ins between peninsulas as well as a balcony giving a good birds eye view of the whole scene from a long walkway.
Another view from the balcony. Model railroad is about 5,500 square ft.
view from above westside and Nasty Flats
And a view down on Coos Bay at the other end of the display.
Coos Bay loading
Home of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Visiting friends in Colorado, I was able to further my ongoing summer visits to full scale and model railroad sites. First was the Colorado Model Railroad Museum in Greeley CO, and then the Buenavista model railroad society in Buena Vista CO, both of which I will put up further posts in the near future, but the real unexpected treat was a tour of the
Intermountain Railway Co. the model railroad manufacturer in Longmont CO. Kirk was very gracious in showing the whole operation, from their milling the molds for injection molded parts on their CNC milling machines
CNC milling machine
Small detail parts half mold
Just a few of the many machined molds for various products
To explaining their process and inventory.
Small part of inventory
To talking about their quality control, including a final visual inspection of each and every HO engine and actually running each engine through various track situations. A very impressive commitment to quality, and not releasing anything that is not absolutely right.
Engines ready for inspection
engines in the inspection area
All in all an enjoyable morning and an appreciation of a quality company
Town areas to be completed and detailed in steps, and then show examples of lighting changes in different weather/time of day at that location. Final photos of this area soon.
middle of town with Woodland Scenics just plug lights being installed.
Here is the FA2 and FB2 with their shells off.
Proto 200 FA2 and FB2
Will put up additional shots of the finished installation once completed. There is room in the B unit for a speaker where the cab appears in the A unit. They used the same chassis for both.
Visiting in Vermont and Adirondack area of New York and came across this beautifully painted 60 some year old ElectroMotive BL2.
Painted for the Saratoga and North Creek Railway in a scheme reminiscent of the D&H.
That’s the Hudson River behind the engine above
Went to see the work of the photographer Paul Strand at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the shows last day in Philadelphia today.
The show is massive, but I thought it interesting that the lead photo in the show is of train yards in New York, showing Frog angles (although there is no reference to that term).
Ongoing building out the mountain in the logging area
Logging Mountain area