Using still photographs to create a "bird's eye view" of the layout was not
First, there were the difficulties
of combining two perspectives,
side on as in the photos, and
overhead as needed for the
track plans. However, John
Allen’s use of floor to ceiling
scenery seemed to help.
Furthermore, by combining the
two perspectives John Allen’s
love of bridges could be
Second, there were limitations due to the fact that close-up photos have a
narrow depth of field. In addition, some photos had decidedly different hue
Third, the photographs, found and recovered by Keith Beard's father when
he purchased John Allen's house, were damaged with noticeable soot marks
from the fire. However, the need to keep file size within reason, for
presentation over the Internet and for construction of backgrounds for
TrainPlayer layouts, tended to negate this concern.
Finally, the available photographs were taken over time and John Allen had
a tendency to move around not only rolling stock and people but also
structures to create visually appealing scenes to photograph.