Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Armour Modelling Vol.82

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N Scale Railroading 2009 11-12

Certain railroad names and locations are iconic. Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsy, Tehachapi Loop on the Southern Pacific, Breakneck Mountain on the New York Central, Royal Gorge on the Rio Grande, or the Feather River Canyon on the Western Pacific conjure up images of sleek streamliners snaking through canyons and laboring freights blasting out of tunnels against a dramatic backdrop of towering rocks. Cajon Pass northeast of Los Angeles is one of these iconic areas and the most famous scene in Cajon Pass is Sullivan's Curve. After serving as an aerial photographer during the first World War, Herb Sullivan returned home to Palcentia, California, southeast of Los Angeles to manage his family's orange groves. His interest in photography continued and during his explorations in nearby Cajon Pass he was attracted by the wild, fanciful terrain of radically up-tilted sandstone rock formations. As the Santa Fe main line climbs out of the Los Angeles basin through Cajon Pass it makes a 180-degree curve at the base of two massive sandstone rock formations. Sullivan saw that the dramatic scene and the curve, allowing views of both sides of a passing train, made for the perfect "photo op."

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N-Scale 2009 09-10

Last month, N-Scale Magazine celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Wow, how things have changed. We have come a long way from the root of N scale in the 60's. There are many more manufacturers producing N scale products, offering the quality we desire. The number of people involved in N scale has grown immensely, producing some excellent layouts and modeling, and it has been an absolute joy to be part of. I hope to share another twenty-years with all of you. We attended the N-Scale Collector Convention in Portland, Oregon this summer. It was very nice meeting those of you who were able to attend. Despite the economy, the attendance was strong. I urge you to attend a convention whenever possible. The people you meet are always friendly, and the ideas and techniques you obtain, either from viewing the many layouts or attending a clinic, are immeasurable. The manufacturers are there with their latest new products, and make themselves available to answer all of your questions. This month's N'Sights column features the speaking notes provided by the manufacturers who spoke at the manufacturers breakfast.

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