Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid

Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid

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Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid
 
Model Railroading with John Allen By Linn Westcott  Ex-Library Book
Hard Cover     NOTICE the damage around the edges.  Staining or spotting on  a few pages,   Complet but you can see separation in a few areas when the book is open flat.   

Copyright 1981, THIRD PRINTING 1989, FIRST hardcover printing 1996
The story of the fabulous HO Scale Gorre & Daphetid Railroad
144 Pages   
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ForewordPAGE 2
Meet John Allen and his Gorre & Daphetid RailroadPAGE 4
The Main Line Through the AkinbaksPAGE 18
The First Gorre & DaphetidPAGE 34
Narrow Gauge and an Expanding G.D.PAGE 52
Planning the Great ProjectPAGE 74
Building the EmpirePAGE 90
Operating the G.D. LinePAGE 106
The G.D. RosterPAGE 122
The Wizard of MontereyPAGE 134
EpiloguePAGE 142
About the AuthorPAGE 144

In a space roughly 24 by 32 feet, John Allen built a model railroad that became one of the best known in the world. His Gorre & Daphetid Railroad was a work of art, and as with any great masterpiece, every time I saw it I discovered things that had been there before but which I had not noticed. Some features were nostalgic, some funny, a few eccentric, but the overall effect was a wonderful land of mountains, cliffs, bridges, cities, lights, clouds, great distances, and, of course, trains. Not so obvious to his visitors, but just as important to John, was the way the system was operated according to railroad rules with the help of a few friends under the strict scrutiny of the master.
To properly understand a model railroad such as John Allen's you should become acquainted with its builder. So that you may, some of this book dwells upon John himself, a fascinating, often quizzical person. He was an accomplished professional photographer who, through the wise investment of a small inheritance, was eventually able to devote more and more of his time to the things he most wanted to do, among them, model railroading. He never married, lived modestly, and kept a well-organized if not meticulous household.
Although he kept up extensive correspondence with many friends and could express himself well, John did not particularly enjoy writing for large audiences. His articles for model railroad magazines here and abroad usually consisted of a brief typed introduction and an ample supply of top-quality photographs with extensive captions. At my suggestion, he toyed with the idea of writing a book. He went so far as to outline the subjects and to make some special photographs, but made no substantial progress before his death in 1973. In January 1969 he wrote to me: "As I may have told you, one time when we were discussing the possibility of a book by me, I would only want to do one if it could be aimed toward showing the thoughtful and educated non-model railroader what our hobby might be about."
I agree heartily, and I like to think that the book you have in your hands is the book John Allen might have written himself. In it, I hope to accomplish three purposes which overlap only slightly: To show what model railroading is about, to describe in detail one of the finest model railroads ever built, and to reveal some of the fascinating personality of John Allen.
I am especially happy that much of this text is in John's own words, quoted from his letters and tapes to friends and from the material he sent to the model railroad magazines. Where his typed or handwritten manuscript was available, I have usually quoted from this original rather than from the edited story that appeared in print. Likewise, almost all of the photographs are John's own. Although his model railroad was destroyed by fire only a few days after he died, John had taken photographs of it at every stage of construction. Some prints and slides were smoke-coated or singed around the edges, but most survived in usable condition. They made this book possible.
Many of John's friends contributed to this book. I am especially grateful to John's brother, Andrew Allen, for making John's correspondence files and photographs available. John told friends little about his family background, so most of my information about John's early life comes from Andrew. Kiyo Yamazaki of TMS, the pioneer model railroad magazine of Japan; Hal Carstens of Railroad Model Craftsman; and Jim King and Russ Larson of MODEL RAILROADER, my alma mater magazine, graciously made some of John's published photographs available. Andy Sperandeo of the MODEL RAILROADER staff furnished detailed firsthand reminiscences of his operating sessions on the Gorre & Daphetid. Thanks to all of you.
Before it was known that John's own photos would be available, several modelers offered the use of their color slides of the Gorre & Daphetid. With only one or two exceptions, this book is illustrated with John's photos, but thanks go, all the same, to these generous and helpful friends: George Cockle, Jerry Drake, and Don Mitchell. In addition, Jerry Braet was especially helpful in compiling a list of all of John's published articles.
Once a week, the "G.D. Operators" gathered at John's home to run his railroad. At any one time the group was hardly more than half a dozen persons, yet over the years more than a hundred servicemen from military bases near Monterey, California, neighbors, friends, and visiting model railroaders took a turn at the throttles of the Gorre & Daphetid Railroad. My special thanks go to several of them who have related their experiences to me. Each is introduced as he is quoted in the following pages.

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