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F&SM Gallery 2

ANOTHER VISIT TO GEORGE SELLIOS' FRANKLIN & SOUTH MANCHESTER

I made it back to George's in August 2002 for a visit and, of course, had to take a bunch of pictures. This visit was unfortunately cut short thanks to the incompetence of a certain car (Thrifty) rental (Thrifty) agency but I managed to get to George's at 11:00 or so and enjoyed the time I had. There have been a lot of changes in a year! The big mountain divider is mostly gone, new scenery is starting to fill its place, and Mayfield popped up. Enjoy!! .~MCG

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Bedford Falls

Across the aisle from Dovertown is Bedford Falls, where you'll find lots of great structures

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Burley Farm

Sadly most of my Burley Farm pics are blurry but I wanted at least one

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Always improving

Here's an example of where George has gone back and added some lighting. I can't wait to see George add more lighting. There are also streetlights and a hobo fire in this area

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Perfect

Though George is known best for his detailing and structures, he does a masterful job at scenery. This overhead shot shows the different textures and the car ruts that make for a great scene.

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Concrete study

Overhead shot to show texture and materials

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Max's Auto repairs

Notice all the mini-scenes in this shot. The building is a favorite of mine and I believe is based on an IHC kit. Signs add a lot to liven things up and George is a master of signage

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Track

Not the best shot, but it shows off the color and details nicely

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Nice light

You can see how spotlights warm up scenes.

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All the Up and Downs

Again, I love the elevation changes. Go left and you go down a street - right and you go up hill.

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Franklin

The streets are great. You get that curvy up and down New England feel right away.

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Signs and more signs

George has a LOT of painted on signs all over the layout. Perhaps that's why he's so good at it!

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Dovertown

You could look over this scene for a looong time. At least I could. Notice the differences in lighting here (you can see both the fluorescents and the floods).

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Dovertown Elevated Line

See! he does run trains! A freight rumbles over the elevated line. The station in the bottom of the pic is a new addition- replacing the old burned down Fine Scale Miniatures small station

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Dovertown

Lots of green breaks up the monopoly of red brick structures

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Mini Scene

Lots of elevation changes for an urban area, which adds interest and breaks up scenes. Love the fixing the water main scene

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South Manchester Station

The other end of the station. Lots of detail on the Honey Bee diner and the station platform

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South Manchester Station

White Rose is a cool building with a lot of little additions. I love how the track disappears between buildings

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Flash!

While not great for the mood, a flash shot reveals a lot. D. Rupp Inc. is a Magnuson building. I like the roof addition though

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South Manchester REA

Love this whole scene. Its hard to beat the red brick/green trim color scheme. You can see the concrete also has a light rust colored tint

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Trackwork!

Allen Keller had 2 F&SM tapes and on one George explained how he weathers track. Here's a look before ballast

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More track

Another view

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Rockwork

More outstanding rockwork

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Chesterville

I wouldn't be surprised to see this area get more populated over time...

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Swamp

This looks great - much better when viewed from a normal angle, but i wanted to get a good shot of the lily-pads and details

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Coming soon

More under construction. Check out the Coke covered bridge at left - super cool!

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Behind the scenes shot!

I love construction photos! Don't you?

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Franklin Watchworkd finds a home

You can see how the kit diorama gets placed and then blended into the existing layout

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Looking down the peninsula

You can see Belverton and into Franklin (and George)

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Trackwork

Lots of variation in the track weathering. Check out the construction pics to see how he paints ties

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Scenic Vistas!

Remove the plexi and you'd have an amazingly deep scenic vista. This is probably what George was thinking when he started removing buildings from Manchester

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Franklin!

City on the hill. George moved back to mostly wood structures here

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Concrete mountains

Look at all those huge buildings! This is before they started to disappear...

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Bailey Produce

Another look at Bailey Produce (FSM Kit)

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Look familiar?

This is close to the shot on the cover of George's book "The Fabulous Franklin & South Manchester". If you don;t have it; get it!

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Old platform

Great track weathering, newspaper details, and wonderful old chipped up conrete

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Dovertown Elevated

I love that the base for this elevated line is structures. This is a great FSM Brick casting from Chippy's

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FSM ice platform at Colbert yard

The yard was called Colbert for awhile if I recall correctly, before becoming Fellsburg Yard

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Trolley Line

The trolley scene is a great addition; its a little scene unto itself

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Into the woods

George proves he can model more than structures. I was really impressed with the mountain scenery

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And away she goes!

Into a tunnel...

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Elevation changes make for interesting scenes

I like the elevation change between the tracks - it gives a perfect spot for some great rockwork

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View to the mountains

This is a great view past Chesterville. The FSM sawmill and engine house look right at home here

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Texture!

Lots of different textures make things interesting, as do the small details like the honk sign on the tunnel

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Chesterville overhead

A good overhead shot showing the parking area near the previous scenes. Notice the concrete coloring and the fluid leaks form cars

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Hiram Brothers

Another FSM kit ~ and a great one! Lots of textures and I love that brick wall

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Chesterville Platform

I love the heck out of this scene. Great stone work and stairs, the sparse platform and shelter and the figures all tie it together

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Passing frieght at Chesterville

Heads up on the Chesterville platform! A freight loops its way around on its way to Mayfield

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Franklin Watchworks

The Watchworks diorama is all set in place, but the scenery hasn't been finished yet

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Easy come - easy go!

Here's what's left of the scenic divider that used to run the middle of the peninsula. A cool look at George's construction.

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Fellsburg Area

I love all the carefully placed junk placed behind this building

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Franklin Watchworks

The Franklin Watchworks already found a home on the layout

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Don't detail what wont be seen

After the mountain range came down George had to add detail to some building backs that he didn't originally bother with

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Work in process

More construction photos

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More construction

Sidewalks are cast I believe

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Church

I love the church with its fancy windows and also how it sits lower than the road (from this view)

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Going rural

Trains leaving Franklin soon end up in the rural sticks of Chesterville and Mayfield

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Mayfield Tower

Here's a great construction pic - you can see how scenes come together.

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Focus!

Enjoy the tiny area of focus in this photo. Early Digital Cameras!

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Cross at your own risk

Outside Mayfield there's a delicate old bridge that should definitely not be driven over. I might risk walking it for a railfan photo of a passing freight though

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Tunnel

This is back behind Burley Farm