The GDRP proudly presents…


G&D #2 Photos


G&D #3 Photos




More on Glenn’s book:




Glenn’s Obituary



A Note on Glenn’s Passing


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In Glenn’s own words, from his wonderful book “Steam Echoes, The Railroad Photography of Glenn Beier”:


“I first discovered model railroading in 1948 while studying photography at The Art Center in Los Angeles. A fellow student had some Model Railroader magazines that had photographs of John Allen’s great model railroad in them. The detail and realism that John had achieved was truly amazing.


“Later on I met John at a National Model Railroad Association meet in Los Angeles. We became friends and John told me that he had attended Art Center earlier. John lived in Monterey, California and I made plans to visit him after I finished school.


“With some modeler friends, I made my first visit to John’s home in Monterey in January of 1951. John lived on 140 Irving Street on famed Cannery Row, which was shut down in those days. The site of John’s home is now part of the parking lot of the Monterey Aquarium.


“In person, John’s Gorre & Daphetid Railroad (pronounced “Gory & Defeated”) was even more impressive than it had been in his photographs. We felt like giants intruding on a tiny world.


“Later on, John moved to a larger house with a basement and built a new and larger Gorre & Daphetid, which would become his life’s work. I made many visits before his death in 1973.


“John had a guest room in his new home at 9 Ciello Vista Terrace and my wife and I spent some great weekends with him. His home was located in a beautiful setting on a hillside high above the road between Monterey and Carmel.


“We usually visited on weekends, but I was fortunate to be there on several Tuesday nights, which was his regular operating night. Only experienced model railroaders could run trains on operating night, as it was a time-operated, scheduled operation, using John’s scale time clock.


“I spent several days at John’s making a movie of his railroad. It is now on video through Sunday River Productions and in most hobby shops.


“There have been four printings of a book on the Gorre & Daphetid by Linn Westcott and published by Kalmbach Publishing Company. John’s layout photographs were published in all the American as well as most foreign model railroad magazines, making his railroad among the most famous in the world. I am deeply thankful to John Allen and his great layout for inspiring me into a lifelong hobby and a great love of prototype railroading.