Uncle George and Aunt Lou Hansen were lifelong friends of my parents. Uncle George and Dad met while committed to National Service during WWII. They were both conscientious objectors fighting fires in the west instead of far off islands. Both shared a love of railroads that evolved into a full basement of “O” gauge layout. Both Uncle George and Aunt Lou were professors of music and math at Olivet College in Michigan who would come over to Windy Hill Farm several times a year to play. The first 15 years were just bare tracks and overhead wires. One day the chainsaw was started and the whole layout became serious. All these photos are scratch-built cars with the same for scenery. They were master craftsmen.
Eventually, there was another layout built in the backyard circling a half acre of lawn.