East of the Blue Ridge

Chronicles of an On30 quarry railroad

Greenbrier & Pocahontas Central

Photographing the Greenbrier & Pocahontas Central

Dan George's Greenbrier & Pocahontas Central was an incredibly detailed world in minature. Full of sawmills and coal mines and train stations, all connected by a working rail system. He asked me to create a final photographic record of his models before he dismantled the layout. When considering how best to portray Dan's models it was clear that the optimum viewpoint was extremely close up. Dan had built the layout to be viewed from the point of view of the miniature people who populated it.

Closely studying Dan's models could be disorienting. For a brief moment, one could see the scene from the perspective of the tiny inhabitants; distance becoming measured as they measured it, height as they saw it, believing what was seen was the truth. I tried to impart some of that sensation through the photographs.

April, 2005

Dan George's Spring Creek Lumber Company HO scale layout | April 2005