Bob Lawson's Southern Railway
in Kentucky is a vision of small town Appalachia with coal mines, mountains and
trees. Bob is an architect, engineer and builder who is known for creating dioramas
that tell stories of life in the late 40s and early 50s. These highly detailed
scenes are then added to his HO layout making it a great place to sit back and
watch the trains roll.
He was fond of the Southern as a youngster and later wound up working as a car
designer for the road. He also re-built and operated the Southern Iron and Equipment
Company's car shops where he designed many of the SEICO freight cars. So he could
be the ultimate nitpicker, but he's not. Bob thinks the overall feel of the railroad
is much more important than precise accuracy, and he looks for details that add
to the mood of a scene.
Bob will show you how to
build dioramas to fit the layout, weather cars with oil paints, and build scenery
with cloth, Styrofoam and ground foam.
The Southern is a Great Model Railroad because Bob has used his skill as a designer
to tell stories with beautifully weathered equipment and structures.
This picture is an actual video frame captured from this video!
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