I had a couple of “ah ha” moments this week while cleaning up and organizing some reference materials.
I’ve written some about being inspired by the Auburn, Colma, and Placerville that was in the May, 1988 issue of Model Railroader (How my path…). The ACP was in the first issue of Model Railroader I ever bought. It would have been part of a birthday gift from Ann (One of the 5). I still remember going to Talbots Toys in San Mateo, CA and spending hours in the model trains there.
As I was picking out issues of magazines to keep or find new homes for, I spent a few minutes to just sit down and enjoy the ACP article again. I was reminded about some of my early goals and “I’m going to have something like that, one day” dreams while reading that article. One sentence in particular tickled me greatly. “The time is 1927….” It starts. 1927 happens to be the year I recently picked to do some modeling for, and I hadn’t remembered that the ACP was set in 1927. It’s amazing that something like that, so deep in my modeling history and story, most likely influenced my choices now without me remembering it and making a conscious choice.
Another fun pull from the book shelf was my copy of “The Complete Book of Model Railroading” by David Sutton. As a kid I would go to the local library, or the school library, and check out the model railroading books. In those years, when visiting the model train store after going to the kids shoe store down the street, I would see brass locomotives on the shelves, and my parents would tell me that those trains were for “adults” and one day I could buy one if I was still a modeler when I got older. Going to the library and getting into Mr Sutton’s book, it’s full of photos of brass locomotives, and I used to pay the dime for photocopies of pages as I would plan my future layouts. One locomotive in particular, a United Santa Fe 1950 class brass 2-8-0 constantly caught my eye and I would plan all my layouts to include having a 2-8-0 like that (or exactly that). From an early age, the 2-8-0’s were my favorites.
Following my path to Yosemite, along the 78 miles, there have been many influences that have changed what I’m doing, where, when, and how. I’ve learned from and incorporated all of these things into my own style, and my stile continues to evolve along this journey. It’s always interesting, though, to look back and see where things started, where my ideas of what I want to build and do as a modeler “root” and then see where they’ve grown to.
Time to get back to the workbench!