2019—HO Gauge

When I was a little kid, my older brother Artie set up a model train layout on a 4X8 sheet of plywood supported by saw horses in his bedroom. His first train was a big Lionel and later he had an HO Gauge set and I remember being fascinated by the lights, the town he built, and the train chugging along the tracks. At age 5 or so, I was never allowed to touch the controls but I still enjoyed watching the action. And now, 65 years later, Arthur is once again venturing into the model railroad arena and building his own model railroad setup at his home in Bend, OR. I thought of him the other day when I visited the model train display at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento. One display case features replicas of the same Santa Fe engine in sizes from the tiny Z Gauge up to Large Scale with HO Gauge falling in the middle. I took this shot from the side of the display case so I could see all the models head on. I used my Nikon D850 with my Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 lens at f/1.4 and focused on the HO Gauge engine so that the smaller models in front and the larger models in back are completely blurred out and just the HO Gauge model emerges, appearing to move directly toward the camera.