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Last weekend Gideon and I was in Potsdam and we had some times to kill so we were able to get a tour of Ian MacKellar’s excellent HO scale Santa Fe layout.
Before we headed down to the layout, Ian showed us a model in his display case that wasn’t there before, a pickle car built from a Westerfield resin kit.
Chessie the dog followed us down to the layout.
Ian has built several new structures since my visit, including this factory.
The layout is a dogbone shape, with a yard in the middle.
One of the signature structures on the layout is the coal tower on an elevated area Ian’s son Shane constructed. The tower is based on a prototype in Keene, NH.
Ian sent me a photo of the prototype:
A nice landslide scene.
Another project Ian has been involved in was constructing the masters of a Santa Fe auto and furniture car. The kit was produced by Westerfield, with three variations.
Ian’s trains model both the diesel era and the 1930’s.
Like myself, Ian uses DC (dinosaur control).
As Ian started talking to Gideon about Sugaring (Ian runs a maple business, and his son Gavin has a maple supply business) I did some photography around the layout:
I like the incorporation of music…
The late afternoon sun falls on the roundhouse.
A cool brass weathervane like the one Bill Rooke has on his house.
The yard ladder. Some display cases and the workbench can be seen in the background.
Ian’s kitbashed 2-8-8-2 rests by the water tank.
That’s all the photos I have. -Harrison
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