I spent a wonderful day yesterday with a friend from my days in Ottawa. Greg Stubbings is building structures and other goodies for a planned HO scale layout representing scenes in Lindsay, Ontario in the steam era. He also has a farm with sheep and a border collie – and given that I’m learning to work my eldest border collie on sheep the two of us had a lot to talk about over a lunch at Harbord House.
We also ran a couple of trains, of course. We started with a freight extra behind a mogul and things went very well. Next, we ran The Daily Effort. I’m still testing the new compensated trucks under the passenger cars and things generally went well – although we got off to a rocky start when I misaligned the sector plate and put the baggage-mail car on the ties, and I’m still working through my ideas for representing the passenger, express, LCL and mail traffic on the train so I was a little slow in juggling the various bits of paperwork involved. The slide out work desks and pigeon holes certainly come in handy, though…
The real surprise, though, was the 10-wheeler – which slipped its drivers in St. Williams while in charge of the mixed train. I suspect a combination of factors, including the extra drag created by the compensation frames under the two passenger cars and possibly the engine riding a bit high on the drawbar between loco and tender. I’ll do some investigation and fix the issue, one way or another. Meanwhile, Greg and I swapped out the 10-wheeler for a mogul and had no further problems.
Greg – it was great to see you and you’re welcome back any time!
Also yesterday, a friend emailed to say he really enjoyed the lead photo I used in my recent post about a Cleveland Models time traveller. I’d taken the photo – a mogul and 10 wheeler side by side in St. Williams – back in February when I collected my moguls from their builder, Simon Parent.
This morning, I took another look at the image and realized that I’ve done a lot of work in St. Williams since February. It was time to re-shoot. The lead photo for this post is the result.
When I took the initial image back in February, I simply set the camera body on the tracks. Now that I have more detail in St. Williams, I needed to shoot the photo without damaging the scenery. The image below – taken with my smart phone – shows how I did it:
An extension arm and gimbal-style tripod head allowed me to cantilever the camera over the tracks. (Yes, the camera is upside down: That’s why PhotoShop includes a “Rotate 180 degrees” command.)
I’ve had the extension arm for a while, but this is the first image I’ve taken on this layout using it. I’m looking forward to exploring more photo possibilities with this gear…