You may recall certain posts of mine where I talked at length about realism, and accuracy, and data, and getting all the duckies in neat rows. I was quite adamant and dogmatic about all that. And I still hold to that.
… um, except until I don’t…
So there’s this fictional model railroad out there, conceived and executed by a guy named Eric Brooman. He’s a fabulous artist and modeler, and I’ve admired his work from afar for decades. I had lost track of his efforts back around 2002 or so. A friend of mine recently introduced me to a Facebook group that follows his fictional railroad, the Utah Belt. And it took me about three days to decide to build a locomotive to his specifications. A couple weeks later, and, well, see the picture at the top of this page for the results.
That’s right. On my super-realistic D&RGW railroad, I now have a unit that is completely fictional. That fiction is plausible in Eric’s world, but it’s not real. I have officially gone off the rails, so to speak.
But, you know what they say.
Rule No. 1:
It’s MY Railroad!