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The Great Train Expo

It’s only fitting that on a day of remembrance of my dad that I post photos of model trains. Model trains have been passed down in my family for generations and some of the O-gauge engines are now worth quite a bit. My dad started tinkering with a serious set up in his basement over 30 years ago with HO-guage trains and from what was going to be a simple yard and a loop around the finished basement soon took over the entire basement traveling through walls into the pantry, around the bar, and then a tressel that one had to duck under at the bottom of the stairs. He had enough lines and transformers to run 4-5 trains at once and was constantly tweaking corners and soldering connections to fix shorts and adding new switches and sidings to panels in a never-ending birds nest of wiring. The plan was to get the tracks just right before the final finished scenes complete with trees, grass, town buildings, etc. were in place, but he was constantly tinkering and ripping up the track to try something new, so the dozens of model  buildings sat along the sidings in a haphazard lineup yearning for a final home scenery setting that would never come to be. I don’t think he ever really wanted it to be finished, as then there would be nothing left to work on. The construction was therapy, but his real joy was to see the look of amazement on the faces of the children that came over to see the trains run. I now see in my boys a fascination with trains, especially in my 2-year old, that dad would have loved to see and nurture. So when the Great Train Expo came to Albany, NY this past December, we introduced Colin and Ryan to what a real train set looked like, and I hope to someday take up the soldering and glue guns and tinker away late into the night with them, and telling stories about their grandfather and his love of trains.

Even more than the trains themselves, I love the detail of the scenery from the grass, trees, buildings, and townsfolk that create the look and feel of a real railroad and the small towns they pass through. Here are a few shots from the show…

A butterfly for mom

It was a beautiful day some years ago, and I was driving home with mom from my brother’s vacation rental outside of Quechee, Vt. It was one of those perfect summer days—warm, no humidity and a light breeze. We were meandering along a back road making our way to south to Bennington and taking in the sites, not really wanting to go home just yet. So when we passed this enormous planting of black-eyed susans there was no question we had to stop and get a photo. I was shooting with film in my old Canon A-1, and set up to shoot back into the 20-yard-deep planting of flowers trying to isolate a couple when on cue the monarch landed right in the focal plane. It was perfect, and I couldn’t believe how much it fit with the colors and the petals of the flowers. Mom loved the print, it was one of her favorites, and it now hangs in my son’s room. To this day that image brings me right back to the memory of that day with her.

I love you Colleen

You are my best friend, my wife, and my angel. I love waking up with your smile and your beautiful eyes gazing at me, I can’t imagine my life without you in it. I love you… xo (mmmwaah) -Greg

Gerber Daisy flowers

My first post

Me and the boys in the studio 1/18/10. Photo by Colleen 😉

OK. I have been wanting a venue to communicate with clients, friends and family but haven’t felt the impulse to join the facebook phenomenon, so here is my solution. More to come soon!