MRH@SVOS, or "Joe & Bruce"
Joe Fugate flew into Grand Rapids on Friday for the National Train Show - and since he hadn't seen Bruce Chubb's SVOS since it was an empty basement and a plan just prior to the Valley Forge Convention in 1993, we went over there on Saturday evening.
Bruce gave us a tour of the layout from beginning to end - I still think it's a bit sobering to realize that most of Joe's Siskiyou Line is modeled in one stretch of the SVOS.
Les Halmos went immediately to the business of running trains. Here he gets initiated in the mysteries of running a train through the hidden (it's around 7ft up) staging in Dunsmuir - the panel on the left includes indicator lights and turnout positions, and the one on the right is a multi-camera view of the yard and it's approaches.
Joe and Bruce look at the super-detailed Railway Post Office building located at the Brooklyn Yard passenger terminal.
When you lift the roof off you see this:
Then when you lift the building off you see this:
It's pretty amazing.
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