Trains and dogs: A visit with Greg

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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…
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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:
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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…

4 thoughts on “Trains and dogs: A visit with Greg

  1. Hi Trevor,

    Great side by side of #80 and #1560, with their extra flags! Nice depth of field.

    Really enjoying following your progress. I feel the lure of my “S” scale Ma & Pa stuff from their current storage boxes, begging for escape!

    BTW – is that a Manfrotto tripod and extension?

    Art

    • Hi Art:
      Good eye – yes, the tripod, extension arm (and head) are all Manfrotto.
      Thank for the kind words – and let the MA&PA free!
      🙂

  2. I really like the alternate viewpoints that rig can provide. A while ago I shot some photos using a mirror to get views that were otherwise impossible, and of course used the “flip horizontally” Photoshop command. They also looked neat un-flipped as it really looked like someone else’s layout!

    • The mirror is a neat idea, David – and I hadn’t thought of it. I’ll have to try some shots with one and see what new views I can get.
      Cheers!

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