Washington Northern

HO scale model railroad

grandpa sam's place

Grandpa Sam's Place was a project of cooperation and kindness between myself and my good modeling friend Rick Wade from Georgia. While Rick and I have never met face to face, we have shared a correspondence and an admiration of each other's modeling and railroads for several years. When Rick made the decision to move with his wife from Georgia to Florida a couple of years ago, he was forced to tear down his Richlawn Railroad that had been his passion in the hobby for many years. While this process was going on, Rick had contacted me and offered to build a structure for my layout to satisfy his desire to model while he was idle in his own modeling. Of course I jumped at the chance to have this fine modeler leave his mark on the Washington Northern. It just so happened I had a kit I had purchased which reminded me of my Grandfather's farm home in North Dakota when I was a child. I promptly sent him the kit and the product you see on this page was the result. A few months later, Rick packaged the completed house like a priceless crystal vase, and shipped it cross-country to me back here in Washington state.

I've had fun adding many details to the structure including the yard, garden hoses, downspouts, a wood trellis entrance and fence, a little Northwest moss on the roof and Grandma Mary on the front porch. Some of grandpa's outbuildings and a few classic vehicles complete the scene.

I am so thrilled with this scene and consider it one of the scenic highlights of the layout. Thanks so much Rick for this excellent model! You can follow Rick along with the complete build at his excellent blog site.