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PostSubject: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 04 May 2013, 12:43 pm

Over the next few weeks I intend to get started on a new diorama called Ruth's Place. It will be a railroad car that has been converted to a roadside diner. There will be a cruise-in going on in the parking lot. I have purchased a G-Scale passenger car from eBay that will be converted to the diner.

To get started I have stripped the car to just the shell.



The roof of the car is removable allowing for completion of an interior and there will be a kitchen structure added to the back.



As you can see, there is a lot of alteration called for. If my building speed runs true to form the build will probably take from six to nine months, not counting the completion of the vehicles for the cruise-in. If dioramas interest you, WATCH THIS SPACE. :)

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 04 May 2013, 3:12 pm

I'm watchin' for sure! I love these old railcar diners! Can't wait to see more of this come to life. Keep us posted! I'm here for the duration of the ride. 8)
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 04 May 2013, 3:32 pm

Cool Beans John!
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 04 May 2013, 3:36 pm

So, take your time! The pleasure is more in the creating than in the final finished product. This will be something great, and we can wait.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 04 May 2013, 4:49 pm

Awesome idea. I am on board for sure, no matter how long it takes. :bball:
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Mon 06 May 2013, 12:05 pm

Looking forward.
Lot of potential in this idea!
I have seen several versions of a RR diner over the years, some really cool, couple kinda cheesy.
Do 'er justice, John.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 08 Mar 2014, 10:23 am

Very interesting John.G scale, is that 1/24?
I'll be watching this.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 08 Mar 2014, 1:49 pm

Gary: Yes, it is a 1/24 scale. Unfortunately Ruth's is currently on hold. I wasn't happy with how the railroad car was working out and decided to let things set for a while and work on Frenchies. Hopefully I'll get back to Ruth's later this year.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 08 Mar 2014, 2:02 pm

I'll look forward to it John.
I'm enjoying the bar build also, great work.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 08 Mar 2014, 2:02 pm

I think this is a great concept, never seen it done before.

In fact it brings back memories of a 50's style diner we had at a services (Tamworth) on a motorway in the UK .... had loads of business as it was so unusual.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sun 09 Mar 2014, 1:04 am

There was a small RR car diner right on the near South end of Chicago's loop a few yrs ago. They are a wonder to step into anytime you find one! Hope Ruth doesn't lose hope in getting it done! We'll be watching too, thanx!
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sun 09 Mar 2014, 2:06 am

Isn't Jethro's early morning Diner of choice an old railroad car in NCIS ?
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Wed 16 Mar 2016, 9:19 pm

It has only been almost three years since I said I was going to build this diorama.  I'm finally getting around to it.  Too many projects kept interrupting.  I've made a couple of changes from what I intended at the first.  The diner building will NOT be a conversion of a G-scale railroad car.  I now intend to scratch build the building.  The more I looked at the railroad car, the less I liked it.  I have not made up my mind whether or not to include an interior; that mostly depends on time available as I would like this to be done in time for GSL  in May of 2017.

To begin with I am starting to build the cars that will be used for the cruise-in in the parking lot.  The number of cars will depend on space available.  To enter the diorama in GSL the base must not be over 18x18 inches.

Here is a photo of the first car to be built.



I will only show what car is being worked on here and will start a separate WIP for each car as they are built.  Onward and upward, let's see how far this goes this time.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Wed 16 Mar 2016, 10:21 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Wed 16 Mar 2016, 10:24 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Thu 17 Mar 2016, 8:24 am

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Thu 17 Mar 2016, 10:40 am

Glad you are back to this one John. I do love your dios.

You are right though, the more I look at the original carriage, the more toy like it looks.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Thu 17 Mar 2016, 2:16 pm

One of my first thoughts when I see someone doing a dio is where do you display them? They are so big but look so great it would be a real shame to have them boxed up. Kinda like 1/12 scale stuff and big rigs. Too many of them and they start to take over a room.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Thu 17 Mar 2016, 3:14 pm

I'm fortunate Curt.  There is only my wife and I in a 3550 sq ft home.  There is a large family room in the basement that I get to call mine.  The other thing regarding the large dioramas is that each one takes me a year to 18 months to complete so they don't multiply very fast.  

When the time comes I have grandkids standing in line for both the dios and my guns.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Thu 17 Mar 2016, 3:18 pm

That works.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Fri 08 Apr 2016, 11:37 pm

Looking forward to this John. You make them good and realistic with a great story behind them, can't wait to hear Ruth's.
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 09 Apr 2016, 6:04 am

Denis: I'm still working on the line drawings and the cars that will be displayed on the diorama. I should be able to post more on the diner its self later next week.

The true story of why I chose the name for the Dio goes like this. In the early 1970s I was assigned to a small town on the Klamath River in Northern California. There was a restaurant in Happy Camp called the Hilltop Cafe. It was managed by a lady named Ruth Green. Ruth was a stereotypical diner waitress. She was loud, somewhat profane, able to handle herself with loggers and truck drivers without breaking a sweat. I can still see Ruth standing at window of the kitchen, cigarette stuck in her mouth and demanding to know what you wanted to eat or were you just going to take up space.

As it turned out Ruth and her husband Ralph became our next door neighbors and some of our best friends. In actuality Ruth was a pussy cat. She loved our daughters and they loved her back. My relationship with Ralph was unusual to say the least. Ralph was an ex-con who in his younger days had spent five years in Folsom Prison for armed robbery. He once told me that Folsom had taught him one thing----there weren't any honest people there and he didn't want to ever go back. Ralph and Ruth had never had children so they kind of adopted ours. Our friendship was such that Ralph was the only guy in town that had a key to my house. When we got transferred back to LA it was like the kids had lost a set of grandparents. I think they cried half way to Sacramento.

Anyway Ralph and Ruth are gone now. This diorama is meant to be a tribute to two of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I won't be coming up with a fictional story on this one because I don't think the truth can be beat.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 09 Apr 2016, 11:29 am

BRILLIANT!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 09 Apr 2016, 3:06 pm

An honorible tribute to some good friends John.

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PostSubject: Re: Ruth's Place Diorama   Sat 09 Apr 2016, 4:46 pm

That story actually brought a tear to my eye John.
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