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elminero67
Engine Wiper

USA
407 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2011 :  8:52:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the comments, sure wish the sky here in the rainy NW looked like the one I photoshopped in the pic
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elwoodblues
Fireman

Canada
5791 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2011 :  10:16:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit elwoodblues's Homepage  Send elwoodblues a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Fantastic picture Duane, the only thing that gives it away are the unpainted loco's.

Ron Newby
General Manager
Clearwater Valley Railway Co.
http://www.cvry.ca
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elminero67
Engine Wiper

USA
407 Posts

Posted - 12/29/2011 :  10:58:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ouch! the locos are painted!
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elminero67
Engine Wiper

USA
407 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  2:00:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a confession to make.

I love Modernism.

I know. Modeling modernism and narrow gauge is about as fashionable as wearing a Micheal Vick jersey to a PETA convention, but, Modern architecture and copper mining have strong ties, as both came to the front during the 20th Century.
During this time the copper magnates and businessmen associated with the copper boom were, much like the neauveau riche of the Great Gatsby, compelled to impress others with their worldliness and understanding of culture and architecture. This meant disposing of the previous generations architectural forms such as Italianate, Queen Anne and Gothic forms, generically called Victorian architecture.

The new, modern forms and styles were much simpler, with very few extra details such as dentil blocks or scrollwork. The materials were also much cleaner: Red brick was replaced by buff colered brick or concrete. Here is a well known example in Jerome, Arizona:



And another, poured concrete store in Jerome. There is a strong connection between the development of concrete and copper: Copper made the electric age possible, and without electricity portland cement was not cost effective to produce:


And one more formed concrete store in Jerome. The "Pay N Takeit" store was an early name for Safeway Foods. Even though this store is a falsefront, note the lack of architectural details such as cornices or other trim:


Edited by - elminero67 on 01/13/2012 11:14:20 AM
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elminero67
Engine Wiper

USA
407 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  2:05:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive been shuffling a couple of these modern storefronts into the mining town of Douglas. The town is still developing and details will change, but this is where it is at the last time the T & P was outdoors for photographs. Ive since built a few more buildings.
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Frederic Testard
Engineer

France
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Posted - 01/07/2012 :  2:18:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It is really VERY difficult to point out something in this photo that tells it is a model and not the reality. Splendid.

Frederic Testard
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Rick
Administrator

USA
19816 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  3:11:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Frederic Testard

It is really VERY difficult to point out something in this photo that tells it is a model and not the reality. Splendid.



+1
Splendid is a good superlative in this instance.

As you think, so will you be.
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Tyson Rayles
Moderator

USA
11059 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  4:50:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That last pic is a real eye catcher!!! [:-thumbu]

Mike
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Anders Wirten
Engine Wiper

Sweden
284 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  5:14:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marvellous photo, Duane!

And finally a narrow-gauger that succumbes to modernism. Love it!

Anders
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milocomarty
Fireman

Netherlands
5911 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  5:22:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit milocomarty's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hats off Duane, great picture even greater layout !!

http://martinwelberg.wordpress.com/
http://cardiganbaycoastalrailroad.wordpress.com/
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k27rgs
Fireman

Australia
5009 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  5:54:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Excellent scenery & modeling

Mario Rapinett

http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body_karl_osolinski-_revisited1.html
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CieloVistaRy
Fireman

USA
5206 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  5:59:28 PM  Show Profile  Send CieloVistaRy an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Just beautiful!

Arthur

Cielo Vista Railway (on30)
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wesleybeks
Fireman

South Africa
2538 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  6:06:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow. That's all I can say.

Regards
Wes
Modelling in sunny South Africa
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elminero67
Engine Wiper

USA
407 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  7:36:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys! Two more quick (and last-I promise) architecturural pics of copper camp modernism:



and the last-this pic would have been a great shot had I arrived five minutes earlier when the sun was hitting the facade:

The last store is probably one of my favorite pieces of architecture in Arizona, it is rare to see an art deco store that hasnt been remodeled. If anyone has ideas on how to reproduce the almost translucent quality of those tiles, im all ears.
Now Ill stop hijacking my own thread with architectural stuff!
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BigLars
Engineer

USA
9138 Posts

Posted - 01/07/2012 :  7:37:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Amazing!

Larry
CEO Tagish & Marsh Lake RR
CFO Yukon Northern RR
COO JR Mining
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