Photographing The Fair Hope & Northern Railroad 2


You must be asking yourself, what the hell is the Fair Hope & Northern Railroad? Well, I can tell you that it does exist, but only in HO form. The Fair Hope & Northern is the creation of a friend of mine, Steve Rodgers (lead singer, guitarist & songwriter for the band Mighty Purple and owner of The Space, an all ages music venue in Hamden, CT), and exists in his the basement of his family’s Hamden home. Loosely based on Steve’s favorite railroad – the New York, New Haven & Hartford – it features a variety of scenes including a port, rural farm town, an industrial area – with an “adult” bar named the Peekaboo Lounge – and a bucolic New Enlgand town. With the layout about 95% complete, Steve had an open house weekend and invited me down to check things out. Of course, the camera kit came along for the ride.

The last time I saw the layout was a little more than a year ago (click here to see some photos from that visit), and it’s changed quite a bit since then. Most of the incomplete areas from last year are now either totally complete, or nearly finished. He’s also installed plexiglass protection around the perimiter of the viewing area (which we promptly took down for some really cool camera angles). A little background on the layout – quite a few of the buildings are scratch built, as are all the trees and other plants & ground cover. I tried my best to show the detail and workmanship of the layout in the photos I took, while also trying to show the scenes as you would if you were standing there. Feel free to comment on the photos – either here in the blog, or on each individual photo in the gallery.

The layout is divided up into four different towns, each representing a different type of area.  They are:

  • Fair Hope, CT – a nautical port town
  • Pine Ridge, CT – a rural farm town with some mountains & hills
  • Tribute, MA – a factory and industrial town, and the home of a swing bridge & drawbridge
  • Grelock Falls, NH – a town at the base of a waterfall in rural New Hampshire

For you camera geeks out there, all were shot at either f/20 or f/22 using one of the three following lenses – Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX Fisheye, Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC or Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Macro. Lighting was a blend of ambient and flash from two units – a Canon 420EX with a Sto-Fen Omnibounce on the camera, and an old POS flash on an optical slave providing some backlight. Most exposures ranged from 2-4 seconds, with the 420EX firing once, and the off board flash twice. Of course, the rig was on my Manfroto tripod & 3 way head combo, and fired using the remote shutter switch.

OK, enough blabbing – here’s the photos. Yes there’s a bunch – 39 to be exact.

Speeding around the bend into Greylock Falls, NH
Speeding around the bend into Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-174454_MG_2029.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 17:44:54
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Speeding around the bend into Greylock Falls, NH

An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-175522_MG_2034.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 17:55:22
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT

An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-175749_MG_2038.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 17:57:49
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT

A water level view of Fair Hope, CT
A water level view of Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-175958_MG_2039.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 17:59:58
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)23.00 (23/1)
ISO200
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A water level view of Fair Hope, CT

An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-180225_MG_2043.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:02:25
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of Fair Hope, CT

A boxcar sitting on the trestle over a river in Tribute, MA
A boxcar sitting on the trestle over a river in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-181156_MG_2048.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:11:56
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)21.00 (21/1)
ISO200
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A boxcar sitting on the trestle over a river in Tribute, MA

Some inmates doing their time near the tracks in Tribute, MA
Some inmates doing their time near the tracks in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-182110_MG_2053.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:21:10
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)40.00 (40/1)
ISO200
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Some inmates doing their time near the tracks in Tribute, MA

A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA
A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-182843_MG_2063.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:28:43
Aperturef/18.0
Exposure Time 4.000 s (4/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA

A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA
A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-183630_MG_2070.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:36:30
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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A passenger extra rolls through Tribute, MA

Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT
Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-184441_MG_2074.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:44:41
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT

Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT
Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT
REF#:20070519-185040_MG_2079.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:50:40
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)77.00 (77/1)
ISO200
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Switcher working the docks in Fair Hope, CT

Steamer at the water tower in Tribute, MA
Steamer at the water tower in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-185302_MG_2083.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:53:02
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)130.00 (130/1)
ISO200
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Steamer at the water tower in Tribute, MA

Passenger extra crosses the swing bridge in Tribute, MA, as folks listen to a band playing the grand stand by the river
Passenger extra crosses the swing bridge in Tribute, MA, as folks listen to a band playing the grand stand by the river
REF#:20070519-185905_MG_2086.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 18:59:05
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)50.00 (50/1)
ISO200
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Passenger extra crosses the swing bridge in Tribute, MA, as folks listen to a band playing the grand stand by the river

A sleeping fisherman waits for a bite as the passenger extra rolls over the swing bridge in Tribute, MA
A sleeping fisherman waits for a bite as the passenger extra rolls over the swing bridge in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-191237_MG_2099.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:12:37
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 6.000 s (6/1)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO200
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A sleeping fisherman waits for a bite as the passenger extra rolls over the swing bridge in Tribute, MA

The passenger extra approaches the station in Tribute, MA
The passenger extra approaches the station in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-191414_MG_2100.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:14:14
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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The passenger extra approaches the station in Tribute, MA

An overhead view of the grand stand & river in Tribute, MA
An overhead view of the grand stand & river in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-191705_MG_2104.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:17:05
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 5.000 s (5/1)
Focal Length (mm)29.00 (29/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of the grand stand & river in Tribute, MA

The passenger extra exits the tunnel into Pine Ridge, CT
The passenger extra exits the tunnel into Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-192325_MG_2107.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:23:25
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO200
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The passenger extra exits the tunnel into Pine Ridge, CT

Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT
Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-192555_MG_2109.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:25:55
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
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Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT

Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT
Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-192637_MG_2110.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:26:37
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)29.00 (29/1)
ISO200
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Passing the hardware & feed store in Pine Ridge, CT

Passing the general store in Pine Ridge, CT
Passing the general store in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-193224_MG_2115.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:32:24
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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Passing the general store in Pine Ridge, CT

Grade crossing in Pine Ridge, CT
Grade crossing in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-193511_MG_2119.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:35:11
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 4.000 s (4/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Grade crossing in Pine Ridge, CT

Passing the farmland in Pine Ridge, CT
Passing the farmland in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-193926_MG_2120.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:39:26
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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Passing the farmland in Pine Ridge, CT

Feeding chickens as the train passes in Pine Ridge, CT
Feeding chickens as the train passes in Pine Ridge, CT
REF#:20070519-194336_MG_2123.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:43:36
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)28.00 (28/1)
ISO200
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Feeding chickens as the train passes in Pine Ridge, CT

A 25 tonner works the industries in Tribute, MA
A 25 tonner works the industries in Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-194753_MG_2128.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:47:53
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)31.00 (31/1)
ISO200
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A 25 tonner works the industries in Tribute, MA

A wide view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA
A wide view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-195016_MG_2131.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:50:16
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A wide view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA

An overhead view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA
An overhead view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-195305_MG_2133.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 19:53:05
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of the industrial area of Tribute, MA

A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-201054_MG_2141.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:10:54
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH

A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-201206_MG_2142.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:12:06
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)46.00 (46/1)
ISO200
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A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH

A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-201719_MG_2146.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:17:19
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH

A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH as a pair of fishermen try their luck
A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH as a pair of fishermen try their luck
REF#:20070519-201904_MG_2148.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:19:04
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO200
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A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH as a pair of fishermen try their luck

A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-201941_MG_2149.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:19:41
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 2.000 s (2/1)
Focal Length (mm)20.00 (20/1)
ISO200
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A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH

A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-202058_MG_2151.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:20:58
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 4.000 s (4/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A short freight crosses the river in Greylock Falls, NH

A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-202521_MG_2156.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:25:21
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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A short freight pulls into Greylock Falls, NH

An overhead view of Greylock Falls, NH
An overhead view of Greylock Falls, NH
REF#:20070519-202858_MG_2160.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:28:58
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)15.00 (15/1)
ISO200
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An overhead view of Greylock Falls, NH

A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station
A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station
REF#:20070519-203623_MG_2164.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:36:23
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 3.000 s (3/1)
Focal Length (mm)70.00 (70/1)
ISO200
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A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station

A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station
A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station
REF#:20070519-203806_MG_2165.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:38:06
Aperturef/22.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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A passenger train at the Greylock Falls, NH station

Steve doing a little positioning of a building
Steve doing a little positioning of a building
REF#:20070519-204656_MG_2173.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:46:56
Aperturef/8.0
Exposure Time 0.006 s (1/160)
Focal Length (mm)38.00 (38/1)
ISO200
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Steve doing a little positioning of a building

The proud owner of the layout - Steve Rodgers - poses in front of the Pine Ridge, CT (to the right & across the back wall) and Tribute, MA (left) sections of the layout
The proud owner of the layout - Steve Rodgers - poses in front of the Pine Ridge, CT (to the right & across the back wall) and Tribute, MA (left) sections of the layout
REF#:20070519-204939_MG_2177.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 20:49:39
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 4.000 s (4/1)
Focal Length (mm)24.00 (24/1)
ISO200
View in the gallery
The proud owner of the layout - Steve Rodgers - poses in front of the Pine Ridge, CT (to the right & across the back wall) and Tribute, MA (left) sections of the layout

Speeding through Tribute, MA
Speeding through Tribute, MA
REF#:20070519-174202_MG_2027.jpg
Taken withCanon EOS 20D
Date Taken2007:05:19 17:42:02
Aperturef/20.0
Exposure Time 1.000 s (1/1)
Focal Length (mm)18.00 (18/1)
ISO200
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Speeding through Tribute, MA


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