I visited my friend Pierre Oliver yesterday, and the two of us spent a productive few hours working on Pierre’s HO scale Wabash layout. We accomplished several things that are easier to do with two sets of hands – including determining the locations for his fast clock system and installing the first of several Train Order signals – this one, at Jarvis, Ontario:
(Compare these two photos – in the first, this eastbound caboose hop has Form 19 orders waiting for it. In the second, the caboose hop has a clear board, while Form 19 orders are waiting for the next westbound train. Click on either photo to visit Pierre’s blog)
The station was built by our mutual friend, the late Richard Chrysler, for the HO scale CNR Hagersville Sub layout Rich was building with his son Geoff Chrysler. That layout was dismantled earlier this year after an extensive photo shoot, and Geoff generously donated the Jarvis station to Pierre for his Wabash layout:
(In this photo, you can see a CNR caboose in staging to the right of the station – that’s the same CNR line that trains on my layout would travel to head to Hamilton)
Pierre was having trouble getting his static grass to stand up straight and – knowing that I have had some success with this – he asked me to try my hand at it. It annoyed him to no end that I was able to produce a field of long grass outside Jarvis, using exactly the same techniques that failed to work for him:
Maybe I’m a natural Scenic Artist? More likely, I just got lucky. It was fun, nonetheless…
Another reason for the visit was so that I could deliver the five HO scale tobacco kilns I built for Pierre, which will sit near the track between Courtland and Delhi. Click on either photo below to read Pierre’s report on that:
Thanks, Pierre, for a great day out! It was even worth the extra hour it took to get home because of traffic, and I look forward to our next session – at your place, or mine!