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Great Model Railroads By Allen Keller Vol. # 31


Volume 31 - Ray and Renee Grosser "Grosser's Nostalgia Trip"
"Grosser's Nostalgia Trip" is a 1950's era re-creation of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Saint Marie Railroad, otherwise known as the Soo Line. You may have seen this layout at a train show, or at the NMRA National Conventions.

Here's your chance to see it up close and in the Keller tradition of inspiring model photography. Ray and Renee are the husband and wife team who built the Soo Line as a way to remember their childhoods in Minnesota. They both had family members who worked for the railroads.

This is the first time I've been able to show you a layout shot in natural sunlight. The "real" light makes for some startlingly realistic looking scenes. Just take a close look at the video frame below. Believe it or not, that is a shot of THIS RAILROAD!

By taking this layout to conventions across the country, the Grosser's are popular and well-traveled promoters of the model railroading hobby. Renee is one of the finest structure builders in the hobby today, and Ray is responsible for planning and developing a multiple award-winning portable layout.

Ray and Renee will show you about designing houses using pictures, applying a stucco-like finish, making stone walls, building foreground quality trees and installing a Digitrax DCC decoder in a steam locomotive.

The Soo Line is a Great Model Railroad because Ray and Renee have chosen to model the typical, rather than the extraordinary.

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