Set #1 - Big John's Original Southern
"Big John" Dalton was a regular contributor to the
rec.models.railroad Usenet newsgroup. To make a long and very
funny story short, during the three years he participated in
r.m.r, he single-handedly did more to foster good-natured humor
and a sense of perspective than most of the rest of us regulars,
combined. Big John passed away on May 3, 2001 and
is sorely missed.
The tie-in to BBQ is the apparent law of nature which states
that model railroaders can't get together and talk for more
than a few minutes without food being introduced into the discussion.
One of the legendary debates in rec.models.railroad was over
what exactly consituted "proper" barbecue. Usenetters
from all over the US weighed in with their opinions, and the
arguing dragged on over a period of weeks until, as now seems
inevitable, someone brought up haggis. "Haggis" eventually
became synonymous with nearly any humorous, off-topic thread
or post in rec.models.railroad-- in recognition of this, I created
The Haggis Decal
Project. Foremost among the "haggisters" was Big
I created the initial artwork for this billboard when I decided
to replace the art on a scratchbuilt billboard on a corner module
I built for my HO modular club, Rails
on Wheels. Shortly after Big John passed away, I promised
to make this artwork available online, but kept putting it off.
This set is my way of making good on that promise.
Each of the three files below contains the artwork for one
||Walthers and Athearn (HO scale)
Due to the smaller size of the
billboard, the layout and content of this one differ slightly
from the version shown above.
Do you have questions or comments regarding this Web site?
All original contents of this Web site are
Copyright © 2002, John F. ("Fritz") Milhaupt,
All Rights Reserved.