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#1 shortliner

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 11:44

.....I found that Bob Smaus has moved home and is building a smaller yet interesting new LA layout in his new house.
http://www.bobsgarde.../NewLayout.html. Enjoy!

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#2 trisonic

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 08:16

That's funny - when I saw the shot of the urban buildings bisected by the river I thought of Newark's Ironbound District!

Bob has a really beautiful backyard doesn't he? To be honest I'd dread that as I get older.....

Thanks, once again, Jack.

Best, Pete.

#3 Barry Ten

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Posted 25 March 2012 - 10:16

Nice bear.

#4 Ozexpatriate

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 01:35

Nothing says downtown "LA" quite like the city hall.

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:49

Bob Smaus has been one of my major influences since I first saw his work in Model Railroader.

He's still (slowly) selling off much of his collection on ebay, and a few years ago I was fortunate to win two of his detailed black widow Proto SD9's, and best of all, an accurate tiger-stripe Baldwin AS616 (SP 5231), a picture of which I append below. By today's standards, those handrails could be thinner, but it's got the dynamic brake equipment, correctly-positioned class lights, great decalling etc, and is modelled on a LA regular; all I did was install a Loksound decoder, and it happily burbles its way around my layout on locals.

I also came across a picture of my #5231 in a 20-year-old Smaus article in an old MR recently. I like the concept of owning a few items from a guy I really respect and admire as a modeller. Anyway, here it is, running on my own layout.

Brian

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