As the pedestrians saw them

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Gary Pfeil, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Double headed N1 Mikados on the JGL, crossing Main St. in Stockton NJ. Those were the days!

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  2. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here's one from an adjacent roof. I just realized that the only scenery work I've done anywhere on the layout has been around bridges. I sorta have to do it there as I build the bridges. Gotta finish something one day!


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  3. Joepomp

    Joepomp Member

    Great job!

    Wow, I hope my bridges will look that good! :thumb:
  4. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Nice stuff! Always love the steamers :D :D

  5. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Wow, nice scene. I wasn't aware that the sky in NJ was that close to the earth and that flat.:D:D I left there many years ago and it wasn't like that when I was there.:wave::wave:

    The bridge is typical of what I remember though. I even remember that Public Service bus that came down our street heading to downtown Newark. Keep the pics coming.:thumb::thumb:
  6. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Looking great!
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    Brow mounted elescos, and vanderbilt tenders.......mmmmmmmmm very nice!
    Great shot :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

    The mayor of Stockton really needs to tell that alien ship, parked over the city , to move, or "feed the meters"........... all of 'em! :D :D :D :D
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Awesome looking!
  9. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Very cool bridge scene!
  10. zedob

    zedob Member

    I love that pedestrian shot. Great scene. NICE bridge.

    There are a bunch of scenes like that right around where I live. The raised and retained roadbed is nice. I've been wanting to incorporate such a scene into my shelf layout.

    Nice stonework, need a job? .......... Just kidding.:)
  11. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Love it Gary!!! :thumb:

  12. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    About photos...

    ...and paintings, when they make me want to be in them and explore the scene- that's my way of knowing I'm enjoying them beyond the fact that they are just photos and paintings. I want to hang out near that bridge and watch the trains pass as they head to fascinating destinations.

    Mark :cool:
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Hey, thanks everybody, I appreciate the kind words. Don, I too remember the Public Service buses, one ran by a block from my home in Teaneck, and by age 10 or 12 my folks would let me and my friends take the bus into Hackensack to go to the movies by ourselves. That would probably get parents arrested nowadays! I was pretty thrilled when the model was released, it even says Paterson local on its letterboard, appropriate fro the scene modeled, based on the Erie in Clifton.

    Having egged me on, here is a photo from the other side of the street.

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  14. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Thought you might like to see just how small an area is actually scenicked. Only the portion under the bridge! The retaining wall on the left will have a set of covered steps leading up to a passenger platform. The brick bldg on the far side of the track will be replaced with a passenger stattion. The track under the bus will lead to a foundry in the turnback curve of the main. When? No time soon! I'm working on another scene, another bridge scene in fact.

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  15. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here's the new project. This bridge is made from spliced Atlas girders cut from their sectional track bridges. It is 1 1/2 lengths long. I used Central Valley bridge ties/deck and made the walkway and railing from strip styrene.

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  16. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here is a photo from a great mag,TRP. It was my inspiration for the new bridge. Mine is longer, 100' in fact. A bit long for a girder bridge, but it is the first bridge made of Rearden metal, much stronger, and lighter, than steel. Rearden steel is the largest customer on the JGL and they wanted an opportunity to prove their new metal. JGL needed to replace their old wood trestle, hence the first bridge was placed on an industrial switching lead, only a few miles from the Reardon plant.

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  17. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Here is an overall view of the new scene. The abandoned wood trestle will be between the two bridges. The main line bridge is a Central Valley kit. I've got the bents made for the trestle, I need to get downstairs and start added NBW castings.

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  18. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    And finally, a close up of the loco on the bridge. Hope you've liked what you've seen, I hope to make some progress on the new scene over the next few weeks.

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  19. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way


    Where did you get that bus? I'd buy one just for the nostalgia, even if it isn't the right scale. Yeah, we used to hop the #40 from Kearny to Newark when we were kids.
  20. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Don, I can't remember the name of the company who offered the bus, I bought it maybe 4 years ago. I will ask at my hobby store next time I go.


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