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Modeling Ideas from historic photographs

October 24, 2008

 

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…isn’t a new idea by any means, and I have used old photographs as a template for creating believable scenes when modeling. Here’s a few historic photographs from all over North America in the last 80 years.

shovel

This nice 1938 Ford dumptruck being loaded by a Bycrus-Erie steam shovel while either digging through a cut or at a quarry would make an attractive scene on a model railroad.

lunchstand
Lunch stands like these populated towns and cities of all sizes from the 1700’s onward, here’s an example circa 1895. Notice the intricate lettering and somewhat clean whitewashed paint. Adding interior detail would also add some interest to this building.

sudbury
Here’s the “Welcome” sign (an almost completely ignored modeling idea, by the way) for the city of Sudbury, Canada. Look how the trolley parallels the railroad mainline, only separated by a ditch and some elevation. The trolley line goes under the sign (how photogenic is that!) and parallels the highway. This could be an excellent scene on a model railroad if approached carefully and correctly.

Streetcar viaduct

Take a look at this viaduct, it seems like a more realistic way to gain elevation than a helix, it clearly is headed to either a large bridge or to a neighborhood atop a hill of some sort, it would make an impressive scene, also note the building beneath the viaduct.

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