Lance Mindheim’s blog recently had a nice post on why people model railroads. He offered many categories. One of his categories talked about pleasant memories. (BTW, Lance is one of the day’s masters and I highly recommend his blog.)
“Visual Satisfaction: Often we want to be transported to a time and place that evokes pleasant memories.”
That got me to thinking why do I model, and his words struck a chord. That is indeed one of the reasons I model and likely explains why for now I have shifted my layout more toward the early 1980s. I have many pleasant memories of just me and my camera, smelling creosote, filled with excitement of seeing a new paint scheme or new type of equipment or capturing an old “dinosaur” still roaming the rails. (See this post for a NP dinosaur I captured in the early 1990s.)
This post offers a small sampling of how my “pleasant memories” are beginning to frame my modelling efforts.
Mykawa Yard in Houston, Texas
I took dozens of photos at this yard in the late 1970s. I was 16 years old and thrilled to have a hand me down camera from my Uncle Kenneth–a very manual Minolta. I mostly shot Kodachrome 64. Below is my first real rail encounter with my camera. The sunlight was challenging because the clouds were moving fast. Hard to beleive how well I remember this moment!
Bossier City Yard near Shreveport, LA
In the fall of 1978, we visited my sister stationed at Barksdale AFB. It was there I encountered the Illinois Central Gulf.
Part II will feature additional vignettes I’d like to model in the future featuring Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Northern Pacific, Frisco and Burlington Northern memories.
(Note: If you like the ICG or BN flatcars, see my last post also.