July 17, 2016

Photo Shoot with Mr BNSF

Mr BNSF in his Heritage Orange shirt
Today, a day that we have both long awaited, Mr. BNSF, AKA Ramon Rhodes, brought part of his award winning collection of HO engines and freight cars to use as photo props on the PoLA layout.  We had a great time in between tripping on lighting cords and setting up for the next shot.

We got some great shots. Ramon was really digging the PoLA layout. I showed him a sketch I had made a few months ago showing how the PoLA could expand to fill the basement. I think that got Ramon's attention as he immediately started lobbying for the switch.

We learned that double stacks do fit in my staging tracks.

This is the sketch that got Ramon fired up.

Don't worry, it's not time to start panicking, yet!


  1. awesome, great modeling both of you!

  2. That looks fantastic and I can't wait to see the new layout ;-)
    You might want to lay off the coffee when drawing layout plans, though...
    I met Ramon at the NERPM a couple of years ago. He's not only a fantastic modeler, he's also a great guy. Really funny. I'm sure you had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing it here.
    - Trevor (Port Rowan in 1:64)

    1. I drew that track plan late at night while laying in bed unable to sleep. My main problem with that basement filling PoLA concept is that I have not found a good way to add staging. So that explains all the scribbles as I trace the flow of trains with my pencil.

  3. wow bernie pretty cool.