Christmas greetings 2014

It’s a little late, but I’ve had a lovely holiday so far that has not involved sitting in front of my computer, so I’m only just getting around to updating the blog. Regardless, I wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season – plus good fortune in the New Year.

Thank you, as always, for reading!

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About the photo:

Back in 2005, I was asked by then-editor Bill Schaumburg to produce a winter scene for the December issue of Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. I was modelling the Maine two-footers in On2 at the time, so I did a quarry scene reminiscent of the source of slate traffic on the Monson Railroad.

I set up a sheet of plywood and pinned two rails to it to represent track – no need for ties, since they would be buried under snow. I then poured bashed up black slate floor tiles to either side of the rails… added some evergreens, a locomotive and a flat car… positioned a boom from a derrick model I was building… and dumped a couple of boxes of rice flour on the scene.

This is not the photo that was used, but one of the many photos I look outdoors in natural light as I was trying out different compositions.

7 thoughts on “Christmas greetings 2014

  1. My THANKYOU for a wonderful and continuing railway journey through your fascinating blog! I and others have and continue to thoroughly enjoy your adventures and look forward with eagerness where the journey leads.



  2. I, too, thank you for your ongoing posts and your sharing of techniques with all of us. I enjoy every one of your posts…and the responses from your readers. I hope to meet you in person one of these days. Walt

  3. All the best in the coming new year, Trevor. I also thank you for the great blog and I’m looking forward to more great railroading. P.S. The winter photo looks so real with the natural sunlight; great work!
    Cheers, Gord

  4. My brain is really having a hard time accepting the fact that this isn’t a real winter scene from a real railroad. I’m not just blowing smoke you-know-where, I am honestly in awe. Amazing.


  5. Happy New Year, Treavor!

    It has been a joy reading your posts over the last year (as well as watching your Trainmaster’s segments) and I look forward to another year of inspiration.

    Many wishes to you and yours.


    – Rick.

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