Hmmm.... How do I make this post into something other than the all-too-typical "sorry I haven't been posting lately - life's been busy - blah blah blah" kind of post?
Well, I guess I'll start with some news that was equal parts encouragement and a kick in the pants to get back to the basement . . .
|We'll start at the bottom of the basement stairs and turn our heads left to see the east end of Old Saybrook, CT and "East End" (New London/Worcester/Providence/Boston) staging.
|Turning right into the next room, we can barely make out the west end loop, along with west end staging (New Haven, NYC, and points west & south), below a freelanced rendition of the New Haven RR's Airline branch.
|Turning further to the right, we see what will be the town of Essex, just north of Saybrook on the Valley Line.
|Moving further into the room we see an overview of the fictional town of Mill Hollow on the Airline.
|As we head around the end of the peninsula, we can see "way north" on the Valley Line all the way to Shailerville Bridge, just north (left) of East Haddam.
|Looking down the aisle, here's Deep River on the right (on the opposite side of the peninsula from Essex) and East Haddam on the left.
|Heading north on the Valley Line (and into the other room), we look north into the city of Middletown, CT.
|And, panning right (and now looking south), we see Cromwell in the far distance, Dividend (which is in medias res), and Rocky Hill in the foreground.
|Panning a little further right, we see where I left off with the photo backdrop - still trying to figure it out in this area...
|Heading "north" around the peninsula, we see the Goff Brook section of Rocky Hill, with Wethersfield in the distance (and where I left off mocking up more photo backdrop)
|A closeup of the Jordan Lane area of Wethersfield, with John Wallace's house in the left foreground, Wethersfield Lumber across the tracks, and Ballantine's beer distributors at the right rear. You can also see my successful (if I don't say so myself) attempt at colorizing an old photo for a backdrop - see details here.
|Finally - saving the best (or at least most "finished") area for last - the town of East Berlin, somewhat freelanced with beautiful buildings from Bill Mcguire, and a prototype station building by Dave Messer.
Wow - even just going around the basement "touring" the Valley Line & snapping some quick grab shots has kindled a little spark to get back to it. But work will continue to get busier and busier until legislative session adjourns on June 9, so it'll be hard to get to the basement. But lest you think I'm all work and no play at all, I'll confess to another competitor for my time . . .
|Shots at Shailerville Bridge, years apart.