Yesterday I had the opportunity to meet up with several of the local Maine narrow gauge modelers, at the invitation of Jack Keene and Chris McChesney. The day started at the GSMTS train show at the Timonium, MD, fair grounds. After scouting out a half dozen inexpensive box and hopper cars for the kids “O gauge” train sets.
After a quick sushi lunch I took a 5 minute drive down the road to Chris’. Having never met the larger group, other than Jack and Lee Rainey previously, it was good to meet more “narrow-minded” two-footers. Chris is working on a HOn30 rendition of the WW&F and it is off to a good running start.
I had a great discussion with Matt Matthews, who has been working on modular layout formed of C-frame “pods.” The pods are all-inclusive, in that they provide the supports for track and scenery, with attached backdrop and overhead lighting. His work has been presented online as well in the Winter 2015 copy of The Relay. I’m looking forward to continuing the discussion.
The group took a Northward hike to Gary White’s Sn2 layout of the Franklin and Megantic Railway, with Kingsfield set prominently in the center of the room. The discussion of the afternoon revolved around the next structures to be designed and built for Kingsfield, after picking up the three-stall round house from Gary Kohler.
The evening took a narrow gauge pause to join Jack Keene for dinner at Adam’s Ribs and then back to his place to see the progress on his triple-deck O scale Delaware & Hudson layout. I last saw the layout in November after the NMRA Division annual meeting and he has made some significant headway. Jack and Chris each have the end of a SR&RL box car in their respective homes and it was interesting to note the construction similarities between them and the B&SR equipment I had measured.
Until I visit next time.