Hustle and Bustle...
As I said on the detailing page, I have seen too many layouts that are just
dead. No life. Let's face it, a model railroad is nothing more than a train that
goes around in a circle. The circle might be bent, folded, twisted or truncated,
but it is nothing more than a circle.
To make the layout truly live, you have to have lots of little life stories
going on all at the same time.
||Old Mr. Baxter is going home for a rest.
His son, Bobby has been running the family Hardware Store for the past
10 years but still let's his dad come down when he feels like it.
Judy Stevenson says hello to Mr. Baxter as she pedals her way to school.
||Linda Arthur jogs down the street in her
attempt to lose the extra 5 pounds to fit into her wedding dress for her
10th anniversary party.
Mrs. Klein has just finished the day's shopping and is on her way home
to watch her "stories".
Even though Mr. Ponderous has already had breakfast, he is stopping by
the Dew Drop Inn to get some steak and eggs. He notices that his clothes
just don't fit the way they used to.
||Artie Delmar is hailing a cab to get to
his next "idea meeting" at the television station. He has a
concept for a new game show that he hopes will be the next real hit.
Carmine, the doorman, is ready to open the door of the Best Rest Hotel
for Elsie Alter, the wealthiest woman in the town. She comes in every
once in a while for tea in the Hotel coffee shop.
Monica and Lucy chat with Albert while waiting for the bus.
||A group of citizens are waiting for the
buss at the far side of town (across from Baxter's Hardware Store)
while Joe Amos is unloading some cases of Bull Frog Beer to take to the
Long Legs Cafe (See the previous "bad side of town" picture).
Meanwhile, Scotty Swensen is teasing his sister, Janice (yellow jacket,
red pants, dark hair) by waving the book bag he took from her over her
head. A bunch of their schoolmates cross at the behest of Angela, the
||Some of the town's young families enjoy
the benches and the flowers provided by the garden club at the edge of
||Meanwhile, the Kitt Transfer and
Warehouse is busy with the day's business.
||Marty Manheim and his guard dog, Bruiser,
are ever vigilant at the front gate. He makes sure that the driver has
the proper bill of lading and directions to wherever he needs to go.
||Harry Swensen (Scotty and Janice's dad)
is getting some of the supplies he needs for his farm. As usual, he will
be getting into trouble for parking at the "No Parking" area.
Oh, well, like son, like father, I guess.