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Sully Posted - 09/01/2011 : 1:44:13 PM
this is a test message.
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WVM_Nut Posted - 03/08/2012 : 08:52:23 AM
If you can find one, there is a book on the West Virginia Midland narrow gauge written by a man whose Grandfather was the last superintendant. It will give you more great insights.

WEST VIRGINIA MIDLAND by James C. Marsh

My work can be seen on Facebook under my name Ed Sumner. The photos there are from my former layout in PA, my second layout in Cleveland TN and my current layout (the small one toward the bottom of the page).
Sully Posted - 03/04/2012 : 10:07:33 PM
Thanks for the nice comments regarding the layout...I appreciate them.

Mike......I poked around WVa the last couple of years with Prof. Snodgrass....he has taken me to pretty obscure places where things haven't changed much, if at all in the last 50 years. I've really gotten jazzed about the way things were in the mountains years ago and how hard men and women worked to survive and raise their families....Coal, Lumber and Railroading were paramount in the growth and development of WVa. It's fascinating to explore the old haunts and take photos from places where earlier rr photographers stood for their shoots.
Unfortunately a lot of the old coal mining history is being "cleaned up" my the state and while very worthwhile it means there is less to explore and photograph year after year.
I'm trying to model a bit of what was going on and how lumber, coal and coke were processed and moved to market.

Plenty of thing to see out there....looking forward to spring and the Cass railfans weekend....sully
Geared Posted - 03/04/2012 : 7:56:10 PM
Congrats on the appointment. ;) Great pic's by the professor. Loved his pontifications.

Roy
Mike Hamer Posted - 02/29/2012 : 6:10:38 PM
Hi Tom, what a joy it was for me to read over this thread. Your layout is a real beauty clearly showcasing the passion you have for the hobby. Very nice scenery, structures and rolling stock.
Rick Posted - 02/28/2012 : 6:29:54 PM
All the pictures I post are 850 pixels on the long side.
The key is to save your pictures at a medium resolution to bring the file size under 200 kb.
Sully Posted - 02/28/2012 : 5:36:54 PM
Hey there WVMnut.......I was wondering when you'd get around to posting some pics of your work!
Glad to hear you are poking around these On30 threads.

By the way, you will need to resize your photos down to something around 640x480. I use Pixresizer which is a free download....it's easy once you the hang of it....

sully
Rick Posted - 02/28/2012 : 3:47:11 PM
The professors pictures are excellent.
Of course having some outstanding modeling as a subject helps greatly.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 02/28/2012 : 3:28:30 PM
Mark, nice pics and nice story!
George D Posted - 02/28/2012 : 1:04:07 PM
quote:
Originally posted by WVM_Nut

How does one post photos in here?



Here's a starting point: http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=27749

George
WVM_Nut Posted - 02/28/2012 : 12:49:19 PM
How does one post photos in here?
WVM_Nut Posted - 02/28/2012 : 12:46:58 PM
Dang, those photos look like they were taken on the West Virginia Midland. Amazing how things tend to look alike after awhile in that part of WV.
Sully Posted - 02/23/2012 : 12:56:19 PM
Ah, so we hear from old Professor Snodgrass again.
He has certainly walked the West Virginia woods extensively, seeking out the smaller common carriers and their ancient equipment. Rumor has it he can smell a logging line 5 miles out.

I'll never forget the day he reached his hand out in that old rr cut and pulled out what he refered to as "the magical spike"

Looking forward to your continued conversations with him......

And thanks for posting those old glass plates! ...sully
quarryman Posted - 02/23/2012 : 10:39:44 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Tom Sullivan

....you are considered the line's historian!....sully



Thanks to everyone for the comments on the photos. It is easy to get good photos of Tom's layout.

Tom, I told the professor about you wanting to make me the line historian. He could not believe that such an underqualified dolt had weaseled into such a position. He rummaged through his files (?) and came up with these two old photos.



"Do you even know where these photographs were taken, Mr. Historian?"



"I was driving down some rutted cowpath in the West Virginia wilderness ... lost and low on fuel, I came upon a mill town ... I bumped over a railroad crossing, the quick cadence of the rails caught my attention. I got out and took my first look at the Gauley River Railroad, a line I had never heard of nor seen on any maps of the region ..."

On and on he pontificated, with the obligatory miming, endless asides, and embellishments. Of course the Professor had visited, photographed, and gotten a cab ride on the Panther Creek Line. Of course he had nearly frozen to death at Robbins, been in the cab of a log train when a timber rattler dropped onto the coal pile in the Shades of Death, helped dog down the brakes on a near-runaway in the switchback.

Whatever.

Mark Chase
Richmond VA
Frederic Testard Posted - 02/21/2012 : 02:52:15 AM
I love your pics of Tom's beautiful scenes, Mark.
vamodeler Posted - 02/20/2012 : 1:44:19 PM
Tom,

The layout looks great! Looks like lots more scenery, etc.

Mark, thanks for sharing, as usual, awesome photography.

Brian

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