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These are the current photos in background rotation on the home page. Click the photo below to see the larger version used on the home page. Each weekend a new photo is added to the top of the list, so there is always something new to see. To maintain that pace, we need your photo!

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In September 2019, members of the Canadian S Scale Workshop set up their Free-mo style modules at the Napanee Model Train Show in Napanee, Ontario. This was the premiere edition of that show, but a second one is scheduled for September 19 & 20, 2020. Just study the detail in this photo. It is an amazing scene. Whenever you have a chance to go see the S Scale Workshop's layout, by all means do so.

Photographer: Simon Parent; used by permission.

Bill has been experimenting with his photography set-up, which includes "photo stacking". This is a method by which one takes a large number of photos where various depths are in focus. For photographing outdoor landscapes, this may be relatively easy, but for the close-up model photography that we do, the single-photo depth-of-field may only have a couple of inches in sharp focus. Using a software application, the photos are combined into one using only the focused areas of each photo. Needless to say, this requires a camera mounted on a stand so that each photo is identical, except for the depth-of-field. This photo, which Bill called the "PRR Alphabet" holds the various PRR steam locomotives he has in his collection. They are from left to right: A5 (0-4-0, "Switcher"), B6 (0-6-0, "Shifter"), I1 (2-10-0, "decapod"), J1 (2-10-4, "Texas"), K4 (4-6-2, "Pacific"), M1a (4-8-2, "Mountain").

Photographer: Bill Lane; used by permission.

Here are some links for learning more about photo stacking:
What is Focus Stacking (also lists software tools)
How to Focus Stack Images
Review of two free software applications

John models a three mile area of eastern Pennsylvania between Pittston and Avoca, on his layout called Lackawanna Valley RR. He has incorporated engines and rolling stock from American Flyer, S-Helper Service, LTI, and American Models.

Photographer: John Pouletsos; used by permission.

The D&RGW 1400-series caboose brings up the markers on an eastbound coal empty near Thompson, Utah. The Book Cliffs dominate the landscape. The caboose is by Division Point, a brass model that Craig detailed and painted.

Photographer: Craig Wright; used by permission.

Engine number 1777 is exiting the Sunland Wash trestle with a local freight heading for Wagon Wheel Yard on Paul's Sundance Branch Railroad.

Photographer: Paul Washburn; used by permission.

Bob provides the following about this photo: "Lead (pronounced Leed) is an actual mining town in southwest South Dakota's Black Hills. Lead, and its famous mine, the Home-stake, are right down the street from the famous city of Deadwood with its history of gunslingers, ladies of the night, drinking, and gambling. The scene is set here with the C&NW borrowing a Maine Central caboose so that the fattest conductor (dressed as Santa) and his wife could visit the little town and toss candy to the kids. What they didn't know was the town was so rough and tumble, none of the kids were allowed out at night; besides, the little train was over 2 hours late again. But a few citizens still showed they appreciated the effort. They then sang some off-key Christmas carols to a cup of 'nog'. It was also a great time for the town's young doctor to approach the town's school teacher to propose marriage; as a token he offered her a Black Hills gold ring. Nothing finer could be had in Lead!"

Photographer: Bob Werre; used by permission.

Charles Malinowski entered his diorama in the Central Indiana Division of the NMRA's all-scales competition. There were several rules for this competition, but the main ones were that there must be a re-purposed railroad car in the diorama, and the diorama must not exceed 100 scale feet in either direction. Charles' entry was named "Mel's Diner". In the popular vote, Charles' display came in second. As Charles noted, this is a great way to introduce other scale modelers to "S". The photo shows Charles' display on his home bookshelf. It just goes to show that, regardless of your limited space, anyone can model in S-scale.

Photographer: Charles Malinowski; used by permission.

Roger kit-bashed these three Monon bay-window cabooses (cabeese?) for his layout over a period of a year, doing a little bit nearly every day. One tip that Roger provided for the construction of the end railings, was to layout the brass wire parts on top of a scale drawing, held in place by pins. He then soldered them to each other. When the railing was finished, he inserted it into the styrene parts of the car. Since he finds it hard to get the posts to line up perfectly vertical, he holds a soldering iron to near where the post goes into the styrene so that it slightly melts the styrene, which allows him to push the brass pole into position. Superglue holds it in place.

Photographer: Roger Nulton; used by permission.

Sierra Railway Caboose #1 was built by the Sierra Railway (SRR) in 1927 at Jamestown, California. It measured 30' long, with side door and without end platforms. The SRR used a wood frame with truss rods on the #1. It served on the Jamestown-to-Tuolumne local freights for many years operating behind Baldwin 2-8-0 #18. After its useful life on the railroad, it continued to work for the booming movie industry in the late 1940s and into the 1950s. It was retired by 1960 and scrapped in 1970. Bob used milled wood for the roof and the floor, and used 0.040" scribed Evergreen styrene for the body. Windows, doors, K brake parts, and most other details came from a variety of sources, such as Grandt Line and Tichy Train Group. The cupola was made out of styrene. Bob's caboose is being pulled by a Miniature Machine SRR 2-8-0 #18 on his "Sierra Northern".

Photographer: Bob Hogan; used by permission.

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