The Appeal of Family Homes

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Pete Nolan, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan TrainBoard Supporter

    On my railroad, I've built a number of homes where Jeanne and I have lived. I also built a model of Jeanne's father's business, and little fantasy shops, had our family members pursued their hobbies and interests.

    Our family members love them more than anything else on the railroad. Forget the ships, bridges, and other details on a fairly large layout--some of the family buildings bring tears when our siblings, daughters, nieces and nephews, and other family members notice them. Jeanne and I are delighted when someone recognizes a home and exclaims, "Oh my God! That's Gramma's house! I remember when . . ." Or when Jeanne's 92-year-old mother sees either the Superior Automotive building, which her late husband built, or the "Ames Fine Men's Clothing Shop," which her father owned, and breaks into tears.

    We're delighted when a modeled home sparks memories. Remember when Gramma Adams rode the kiddy trike all the way up to the Meadows? Remember when Gramma Adams hurt her knee playing football, and the doctor could only say, "Well, at your age, I have no sympathy?" Remember when Uncle Walter . . .

    Sometimes it better than a photo album for evoking long-forgotten memories.

    Here's my house in 1955 (when I was 7), when the garage was being built. My mother lived there from 1952 to 2000:


    Here's the house Jeanne and I lived in from 1980 to 1991:


    That's Jeanne's hand painting the flowers.

    I guess my lesson is: get the family involved in your modeling efforts.
  2. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Excellent work Pete,
  3. Grey One

    Grey One TrainBoard Supporter

    Nicely done.
    I think that is a really cool idea. I did plan to name various industries, "named trains", land marks, on the GandG after friends and family. Never thought to build family homes. Hmm.

    I did make a 285th size model of my first wifes home for my micro armor games. She would not let me use it. I don't know, something about being blown up. sheesh. [​IMG]
  4. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

    Very nice. Yes, bringing the family into one's hobby like this is very rewarding. I'm planning on scratchbuilding my house - Camp P - on my new layout.

    My door layout feaures Dave's Auto Wrecking right smack in the middle of the town. I named it after my Dad, Dave, in honor of his lifelong career in the car business, and the umpteen patient hours he spent with me fixing up those old wrecks I kept dragging home as a teenager...

    Here's the front gate, but I need to upload a picture of the rest of the boneyard!:

    My dad was never in the junkyard business, nor has he ever owned a quansot hut, but he gets such a charge out of "his" junkyard when he comes over! It may be kind of corny or overdone to name a layout business after a family member, but hey, that's just what the "prototype" does after all! ;)

    [ October 06, 2005, 04:54 PM: Message edited by: campp ]
  5. Fotheringill

    Fotheringill Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    You have warmed the cockles of my heart. Or, at least, the ventricles.
  6. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    In that first view, the row of yellow shrubbery looks great!


    Boxcab E50
  7. Eagle2

    Eagle2 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    I always think it's great to see little pieces of personal history recreated like that.
  8. Powersteamguy1790

    Powersteamguy1790 Permanently dispatched

    Jeanne & pete:

    Very nicely done...I enjoy seeing the flowers.

    Stay cool and run steam..... [​IMG] :cool: :cool:
  9. Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan TrainBoard Supporter

    As long as I don't set the atrials on fire.
  10. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    When you going to do the house where you are now, with the front yard all dug up for the new septic system? :D Animated heavy equipment. RRRRRRR
  11. Kenneth L. Anthony

    Kenneth L. Anthony TrainBoard Supporter

    My mother-in-law’s former house in Hutchinson, Kansas a block from a rail line and one of the big grain elevators.
    I built one model for my layout and a duplicate for Dale Farley’s layout in Houston which had a Hutchinson. Both my mother-in-law and Dale Farley are gone now.

    A church based loosely on church in east end of Houston where my mom and dad were married.
    (Kitbashed from a Danish RR station ?!?!?)

  12. Pete Nolan

    Pete Nolan TrainBoard Supporter

    LMAO! I've actually built the manse in N-scale. Its Southwest style doesn't fit very well with the PRR. I suppose I could do it with a Mansard roof. But where could I fit a 12 x 17-inch (my acre) on the layout?

    I think the septic system replacement might have been on the private admin forum, so here's a picture of what we went through a few weeks before the huge wedding late in August:


    It only got worse from there!

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