A Case for Scenery – Vol one: Building Trees Video (DVD or BluRay)


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Visitors are awed by the massive size, incredible detail and magnificent scenery of the model railroad located at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum at the Greeley Freight Station. The huge Oregon, California and Eastern Railway has attracted worldwide attention with visitors from all 50 states and 41 foreign countries in just its first five years of being open to the public. One of the most asked questions falls along the lines of “how in the world did you ever come up with scenery so realistic?”

The question has been posed enough times the museum staff decided to produce a series of “How-To” videos depicting scenery techniques that were utilized in the construction of this 5,500 square foot layout situated in the middle of a 9,600 square foot museum building. The effectiveness of the presentation of scenes depicting south central Oregon comes from three basic sources: realistic and appropriate trees, believable water, and detailed, soaring cliffs and mountains.

The museum staff, along with designer/builder David Trussell has decided to make public in a series of videos the process that brought to reality this one-of-a-kind HO scale creation. The first in the series titled “Building a Case for Scenery”, covers the making of three basic tree forms that are utilized on the OC&E. Ultimately, 16,000 fir, 8,000 deciduous and 4,000 aspen trees have been hand built and strategically placed on the layout over a span of more than two years.

In this video Dave will show how believable, stately firs can be constructed for about 40 cents apiece. He’ll also recommend and show methods of mass-producing deciduous trees by the dozens, if not hundreds; trees that will pass inspection from a distance and also up close and personal. Lastly, he will construct, step-by-step, an aspen tree, one of the most difficult trees to duplicate in small scale.

As a bonus, he will offer some tips on creating snags, dead trees and unique ground cover in the hard-to-find five to 15-foot range of modeling. All of these techniques have been employed in the construction of the museum-quality OC&E Railway layout located in Greeley and open to the public. Museum hours fluctuate during holidays, but regular summer hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10-4 p.m. with Sunday afternoons open from 1-4. During the off-season between Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends, the museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10-4 and Sundays from 1-4. The railroad is dispatched and operated by volunteers who can number in the dozens during weekend sessions.

The Colorado Model Railroad Museum at the Greeley Freight Station is a 501(c)3 non profit organization constructed to promote and encourage model railroading as a hobby and a pastime. Its website is: cmrm.org and the museum telephone number is (970) 392-2934. Any proceeds from the sale of this video will help defray the operational costs of the museum.

Running Time: 42 Minutes

DVD: $19.95
Blu-Ray: $21.95

Shipping: $7

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