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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  10:26:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Posted - 04/17/2019 : 10:26:01 AM

Hi everyone, well I took a little trip down to Stratford, CT. to see John Elwood's incredible layout the "Olympic & Puget Sound railway" on Sunday.
I contacted John asking him if I could stop by and see his layout, as part of my weekend trip down to the U.S. to visit with Bob Santos.
He graciously agreed to not only let me come over and see his layout, but also forum member Bill Gill as well.
This gave me the chance to finally meet 2 great modellers at the same place!
We all met on Sunday at John's home, and boy was it ever worth the drive!
Let me begin with this first photo of John, standing in the middle of his beautiful "Olympic & Puget Sound" layout.

Like myself John has been a big George Sellios fan, and George's layout and style of modelling has greatly influenced John's layout.
It's full of George's "Fine Scale Miniatures" structures everywhere you look.
It also features some of the finest scenery on a layout I have ever seen!
So without any further adieu, I present these images taken of John's incredibly beautiful layout.
Starting with what you first see when entering the layout room, these fantastic looking wooden trestles.

I hope you all enjoyed these photos of John's amazing layout, as much as I did taking them.
John, thanks to you once again for making this visit possible for myself & Bill, it was a great time!

Greg Shinnie

Edited by - Ensign on 04/17/2019 9:40:25 PM

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  10:31:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More WOW Factor, Greg! Sounds like a great trip!

Thanks for sharing these!

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  10:31:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful layout!
Greg, thanks for the pics.

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  11:18:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's been a WOWful Wednesday alright.

Thanks again, Greg.

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  12:01:40 PM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nice, thanks.

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  12:34:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great layout. Thanks Greg for taking the pictures!


"And in the end, itís not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." A. Lincoln

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  1:01:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit slimrails's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Just beautiful!

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  1:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks guys! I knew that you would be as impressed with John's layout as I was.
John has also become an accomplished model ship builder.
He had this beautiful sidewheeler the "PORTLAND" on his workbench, that he's been working on currently.


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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  1:36:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking Good, Greg and John!

Greg, go look up the history of the Portland. Major monument to Arrogance, and unfortunately a lot of innocent people paid the price....

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  2:25:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit Rail and Tie's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What an Awesome layout! Love John's work.

On the note of the Portland:


"Leonard, check it out. I've bought an N Gauge locomotive. Half the size of HO. Look...it fits in my mouth!"

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  3:57:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Greg again for posting Johns fantastic layout!
You really got around the northeastern US rather quickly!

I met John at a Model Expo a while back and he's a talented, super guy!

Hi John!

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  5:06:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice try, Anonymous! Clever tune, but wrong coast, wrong ship, wrong captain, wrong circumstances and wrong year.

John's magnificent model is of the Steamer Portland, named for Portland, Maine and lost northeast of Massachusetts Bay during the November blizzard of 1898, now known as the "Portland Gale." She left Boston for Portland when most ships were returning to Boston stating that the weather was horrible outside the protection of the harbor and Massachusetts Bay. The first evidence of the tragedy was in the bodies that began to wash ashore on Cape Cod several days later. The rest is history.

There's more here for those interested, but this just skims the issues:: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_(shipwreck)

<edit>: The Wikipedia link needs the "shipwreck" part as well. Here's a better source: https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2006/winter/portland.html

in Michigan

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  5:42:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John, Thanks for inviting me to join in and tour your terrific layout. It was great to see you again and to meet Greg.
Greg's photos covered pretty much everything except one spot :)

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  5:52:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bill, that's the nicest shot of my cowlick that I have ever seen.
I had a great time meeting everyone!

Pete, thanks for the info on the "PORTLAND".

Here are a few more pics that I took of John's layout with the colour balance corrected.
I'll try to correct the others as well.
Bill's photo showed me that I was off a bit.


Edited by - Ensign on 04/17/2019 10:11:22 PM

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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  6:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hats off to John Elwood for such a beautiful layout. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing all of the fine scale structures and many detail pictures. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us. John, Greg and Bill.


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Posted - 04/17/2019 :  6:41:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's a look at the Portland herself.


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