A local model railroad club recently invited me to set up and display my 15mm wargaming layout at an open house they were holding in York, Pennsylvania. Here are a few photos of what I came up with in mixing my wargaming terrain and figures with my railroad.
My interest in miniature wargaming stems from several factors, including a childhood love for toy soldiers, growing up near a railroad, and having a grandfather who worked for the New York Central his entire career. I have always enjoyed miniatures, whether it be a wargaming layout or a model railroad. Here are some photos of a temporary set up I presented a few weeks ago.
A model passenger train sits at the Gettysburg Depot in this photograph by Larry Reber from GettysburgSoldiers.com of the Union Drummer Boy’s HO scale diorama of the town of Gettysburg on June 30, 1863. The actual last train from Gettysburg that afternoon carried several government officials to safety, as well as those citizens who wished to leave the area to avoid having to stay in their homes during the impending combat. Many of Gettysburg’s residents had already fled, although more than a thousand are estimated to have been present during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1-4.
Background post: Civil War diorama: Gettysburg on June 30, 1863
As mentioned in the previous post, this classic diorama dates from the early 1960s from the Charley Weaver Museum and is still be best 3D rendition of Gettysburg as it may have looked during the Civil War. However, the diorama is rife with factual errors, including the above scene. The train station was not painted a reddish color; see my previous post on the model diorama of the 1863 Gettysburg train station. The model uses a stock locomotive; it is not of the same make and model as what the actual railroad used in 1863, and it is painted in the livery of the Baltimore & Ohio RR instead of the Gettysburg Railroad. Still, for all of its faults, the diorama is well worth a look the next time you are in Gettysburg. Stop by the Union Drummer Boy on Baltimore Street.
Exterior of Tommy Gilbert’s Hobby Shop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
For any of you wargamers, toy soldier enthusiasts, and dioramists that plan to visit Gettysburg this summer or autumn, I would recommend that you stop at Gettysburg’s leading stores that cater to the hobbyist. For toy soldiers or wargame figures, see John Zabawa’s Gettysburg Miniature Soldiers on Steinwehr Avenue and / or Charlie Tarbox’s Toy Soldiers, a little farther north of John’s store.
For modeling supplies, the best place in town is Tommy Gilbert’s Hobby Shop on Water Street (parallel to the railroad tracks a block north of U.S. 30). Tommy carries a complete line of Woodland Scenics terrain items, including flocking, ground cover, foliage, talus, model trees, and the like. He also carries other model railroad supplies that are usable for the wargamer or dioramist.