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 readers.

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.


Step into Lou's world



Malone Local

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 great."


Malone Local


Peerless, indeed...

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!


Peerless Co. circa 1955


Peerless Co. circa 1955

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