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More images of caboose GBW #617.

Unweathered Model

Here is the painted and lettered model before it was weathered.  This picture was taken at Norwood Yard on my under-construction Green Bay & Waupaca Railroad.  At this point the tool box was still located under the frame of the caboose; I opted to remove it for the final model since the Green Bay and Western didn't have it on their cabooses.

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The Big Picture

Here is a panorama of the entire scene.  The grain elevator is a Walthers kit, extended by two silos and with a few additional ladders, landings, and rooftop equipment added.  The silos and head house still need weathering before they get incorporated into the layout.  The GREEN BAY ROUTE logo was a landmark on the prototype grain elevator in Green Bay.  Although the rest of the model is not an exact match for the prototype, that logo does more to establish a location for my model than all of the prototype dimensions available.  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to Scale Rail Graphics for the custom decal of the 13-scale-foot wide logo.

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Staging the Photo

And here's how the photo was staged:  The diorama was a simple structure made of plywood, plaster, and some ground foam scenery.  The models were arranged on a picnic table at a park on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, near my home. The bluff gives me a good, simple background sky, uncluttered by trees when you're down at ground level.  I only wish there had been a few clouds in the air that day -- usually the cold waters of the lake are big asset in that aspect.

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