A repetitious comment from visitors is, “I love the detail.” Thanks in large part to the inexhaustible patience of Club Member Frank Davis there is an ever changing “guard” of mini-scenes. I “work the crowd” a lot and every morning when I take up my normal position at the north inside end of the layout I make sure I take a GOOD look to see what has changed or moved.
This picture came about because a grandma came in with her granddaughter and grandson. The boy spent the entire time he was there following trains. The little girl was too short to see the “action” on the Fort Bragg depot. The grandma picked up the little girl and the little girl began naming all the people. With grandma’s help she named quite a slew of “characters.” Grandma, after a while, told her she was too heavy and she would have to return to the floor. This did NOT go over well. So, I asked Grandma if I could lift her up – no prob says Grandma. I spent the next fifteen minutes racking my brains for names. When I used a name that had already been used I was met with, “Don’t be silly – that’s Jack over there!!!” It wasn’t till all the figures had names would she go back to Grandma.
Grandma’s parting comment was, “I don’t know whether we have done the right thing – I am going to hear all about the people on the Depot all the way home.”