Dads old layout

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by aartwmich, Dec 5, 2002.

  1. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Built in 1950....hasn't really been worked on since 1970's..recently set back up just last week, needs lots of work and to be protected from dust.

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  2. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    Wow Aartwmich, a ready made layout! Now that doesn't happen every day!:eek:

    It's an interesting trackplan too. I see your dad had taste when he built it... steamers and cabooses !!:) :)

    Is it your's now? ... will you modify it or settle on detail and (OMG) tree making?? :D :D

  3. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

    That's wonderful to have a little piece of history like that!
    If I were you, I wouldn't change one little thing!

    When I was a kid, my dad set up a 3-rail Marx set in the attic for us to play with...I'm sure it was pretty crude as far as "model"RR standards go...just some track nailed to plywood...But to my six year old eyes, & imagination, it was a true thing of beauty!
    I still have those old trains, but that board & track are long gone. :(
  4. rich maiorano

    rich maiorano Member

    reminds me my dads setup at christmas my brother still has the trains :D :D :D rich ps I wouldn't change a thing too
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Very nice, you are lucky to have it! :cool:
  6. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    It IS mine now, I 've had it since dad died 6 years ago, he built the whole thing(how did Kettlestack know that?)...I almost gave it away not long ago..but sentiment prevented me from letting it go.

    Umm Kettlestack...what the heck are 'OMG trees'??? LOL
  7. Sandia

    Sandia New Member

    Just wondering if other fellows have old family layouts that are still around, I think it would be an educational tour to show them to the troops, as to how things were done in the past. The one shown is over 50 years old and it looks good to me. Any comments, if you got one, lets see the photos, always good to go down memory lane. Besides steam was still King , but fading fast. I think it would make a good thread just to see how things used to be.
  8. jkristia

    jkristia Member

    Just like Charlie suggest, I wouldn't change any thing at all. If you have the space for it, keep it exactly as it is as a memory of your dad, and then do your modeling on a seperate layout.

  9. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Ooh yes, that takes me back, just a little to the days I had one almost like that. Glad you kept it. Looks real nice.

  10. kettlestack

    kettlestack Member

    I'm chuckling here Aartwmich, I was thinking of some trees you might want to make to "fill out" the scenery.

    Hehehe, one can never seem to have enough trees and they could be tedious to make... hence OMG = Oh My Goodness "I need how many trees?"!:eek: :) :D :D .

    You're way ahead of some of us in that you have an operational layout. That just has to be a great thing. Have fun my friend.

  11. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    OMG....THOSE trees...oh yeah I could use some trees..and some new grass...and resurface the roads..and some shrubs...etc etc etc. Actually Dad made quite a few trees, with sticks and lichen but they are a hideous bright green color and the lichen is sooo dry it's crumbling.

    I don't have room for ANOTHER layout, I will keep the layout the same as far as track and such but I will repair and enhance what is already there by adding some landscaping and cleaning the engines so they work better..or at all. I think I will do what he would have done to make it better and more realistic.
  12. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    Don't change it.
    I recoginize the barn. The one that says"Mail Pouch Tabacco on the roof.I had one on my first HO layout. I think it was an AHM kit if memories serve me correct.
  13. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Is this close?

    I really like the look of this layout, so I tried to make a plan of it from looking at the one picture. I posted it here on the layout board. So did I come close? :confused:


    edited to correct link
  14. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Well your link brought me back to this thread...but I found your post on the layout forum and posted a drawing of the layout, you missed a few things that were hard to see in that photo.
  15. McFortner

    McFortner Member

    Thanks for pointing that out. I have it corrected now.
    Thanks for the corrected layout. I think I did pretty good with only one picture. But the real thing is even better than thought. I can't wait to get the supplies to build it! :D


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