Saturday, July 27, 2013

B&M Stations Past

About 1960 I had a new camera and the first shots were railroad buildings near my home. Here's the Phillips Beach station in Swampscott, Massachusetts, on the Marblehead branch. This branch took commuters from the North Shore to Boston and from Swampscott to Salem and beyond. By the time I got there the railroad had been gone for four or five years.

About a mile away on the same branch was this slightly larger station in the Beach Bluff section of Swampscott. 

Here's a closer view of the station shows the classic "Eastern Station" design. Even the Maine two-footers used this same station design in Strong and Phillips, Maine.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Modeling ideas - Fish Shacks

Back in the mid-1970's I traveled throughout Nova Scotia looking for someone to build me a lobster boat. I never did buy a boat there. At the time the builders were changing from wood to fiberglass and the boats were cheesy but cheap. I, instead choose a Maine builder, General Marine, to build my boat. The boat is still in the water and works everyday hauling lobster pots.

I had a cheap Russian 35mm camera at the time and liked photographing the little fishing villages that lined the shoreline. 

Here are two of the buildings I saw.

Later in Maine, on my way to check out the progress of my new boat that was being built, I caught this scene. A great modeling inspiration!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Edaville #7

I made many trips to EDAVILLE as a young man. It was a 2-foot tourist railroad created by Ellis D. Atwood on his cranberry plantation in Carver, Mass. Here's B&SR #7 - my favorite 2-foot engine.

A short movie showing the 2-footer's in action and Edaville can be seen here.