Inspiration Behind the Indian Creek Valley Railroad

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Model railroading brings together a community of creative, hardworking, and persistent individuals. From sharing ideas and techniques to collaborating on projects, the hobby serves as a great way to meet new people and to encourage others. For example, Harry Clark designed and constructed almost everything on the Indian Creek Valley Railroad, but he knew little about wiring and needed to seek out help. He collaborated with George Perrine to wire his layout. This collaboration lead to one extremely impressive layout.

In part four of the 9-part Indian Creek Valley Railroad series, Allen Keller sits down with Harry Clark to discuss the inspiration and technique behind his layout. Allen asks Clark several questions to reveal more about the Indian Creek Valley Railroad. He asks questions about the chosen name of the railroad and about the purpose of the layout. He also asks Harry about what he enjoys most about the hobby, what interests him about modeling, and scenery techniques.

The real Indian Creek Railway was built in 1906 and it was a short line of just 14 miles. Harry put a lot of hours into the layout and still struggles to admit he’s proud of anywork he’s accomplished. It’s unbelievable how supportive the modeling community can be though. His layout is recognized and appreciated by many.

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