We all hope to be able to attend to those things that we put off while we are working at full time jobs. We say “When I retire, I’ll do….and the lists begin. I was surely no different but my pursuits may seem strange to some. I love trains. I always have and always will. From the age of about 10, I found myself with my male cousins running a huge Lionel layout and yet being told “You’re a girl; go play with dolls”. I did that too but convinced my mother to buy my younger brothers a set of Lionel’s for around the Christmas tree. This afforded me the opportunity to play with track and build things! I set this up each Christmas for about 5 years adding houses made from simple kits . My brothers never were interested and school activities kept me out of the house most of those teen years.
Then came dating. I found myself hooked on this guy who loved trains too. He modeled the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Line. It was fun to help with scenery and run the steam engines. We had so much fun with his first and second layout in his parent’s basement. With time, both the love for each other and the hobby grew and we became involved in a local model club. By age 19, I was up to my elbows in plaster and setting a very unique goal for myself to be one of the few female modelers in the US. There are many of us now, but in the 70’s we knew each other by name.
So, through a long happy first marriage, single life after his death, and my second marriage to yet another modeler, I continued to model and improve my skills aided by those who are so much more proficient than myself. I treasure my memories and look forward to all the stories I could tell of new trials and tribulations. So begins this one….
The Northeast Region National Model Railroad Convention will be in Albany in September. Tony and I always participate; me having been the chairman of the previous one. But, we now opt for more quiet obligations. We have been prepping particular scenes for both magazine publications and for the Hudson Berkshire Division’s website. Amidst all this, I have to keep up my own website and because many of you have asked about this hobby, I’ve included this post. So many people haven’t a clue as to the involvement, the skill set, and the dexterity, that it takes to be a model railroader.
I’d been asked to go rock climbing this evening but needed to get this written. I am lying on the top level, 7 feet up, of this multi-deck layout trying to place trees. This is more like spelunking and less like climbing but I do have a few bruises to show for it. You might have some ideas of how this could have been done another way but trust me, I’m left with this approach because of the construction that had to be used.
So what does this have to do with art or being a florist? My tag line for Yankee Floral is “finding art in nature”. I’ve always been one to choose the road less traveled and seek out interesting projects and sojourns. I’ve always enjoyed hikes along the railroad and a camera accompanies me everywhere. I use all the creative knowledge from painting, the arrangement and detail from 40 years as a florist, and my educational background to get the rocks and trees correct. When done correctly effects such as this can be achieved. This is but a portion of a scene with a mill called Windsor Minerals which Tony is finishing. We will be providing more interesting perspectives in the near future.