Remembering the Rutland - Modeling the Rutland
Step into Lou's World
|Lou Sassi has been putting his digital camera to good
use, capturing remarkably realistic images of scenes from the Rutland-themed modules he
has constructed. The modules will be featured in Lou's next book for Kalmbach
Publishing. We thank Lou for graciously sharing these inspiring images with RtR
In the scene immdiately below Rutland RS3 208 leads a freight train past a
farmer's field. The details never stop emerging: the stone wall, the sky, the pole line
complete with wires, the manure spreader, the weathering on Rutland box car 8582. Look
carefully for the flanger sign. Credit George Micklus with detailing and
painting the locomotive.
The image is posted here full size in order to better appreciate Lou's artistry.
In this scene below Engine #403 heads west near Champlain on it's way to
Malone, New York with a local freight. According to Lou, "Don Janes
has put a Soundtraxx decoder in this unit for me and it sounds
The next two images were taken by Lou on a diarama he built in
conjunction with his upcoming scenery book for Kalmbach Publishing. In
it, Rutland RS1 #405 switches the Peerless Company on Fulton Street in Burlington on an
early morning in July 1955.
The mill was scratch built by Rich Cobb from drawings which were
rendered by Lou of the real mill which is located in Gloversville, New York. The
locomotive is a Sunset model painted by George Micklus.
The box cars are from one of Roger Dumas' Steam
Shack runs of PS-1s. A great team effort for sure!