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    • March 24, 2019 9:14 PM EDT
    • Thanks guys! 

       

      John, I have spent some time in Pershing County, most recently in 2016. I don't get up that way very often. I'd like to explore it more but it's a bit far to go in the limited amount of time I have on these trips. 

    • March 24, 2019 11:29 AM EDT
    • Ray, Have you snooped around Pershing County, NV?  Lots of abandon mine buildings, cemeteries, etc.

      Some of them might be unobtainable with Megaweapon, but nothin says you can't tow an ATV on a trailer.

    • March 24, 2019 10:13 AM EDT
    • Thanks for more Nevada mining Info. it helps greatly with my mining research.  I noticed you commented on a TVR Exploring mine video ("Fantastically Preserved Old Mine Out in The Desert") last year.  I found some very interesting info. about one of the miners (maybe owner? name on a small bench) of the mine and the Fuse bag found in the mine. I left comments on the video with info. about the Miner and Fuse bag. Your recent trip brought you within 10 miles of this mine.  I located (location secret) this mine once I found the Miners name and the area where he lived, hours of Google Earth revealed the location.  He was active from the late 1800s into early 1900s shows how old this mine is. I will e-mail you more info. Thanks again for more fun in the desert. 

       

       

       

    • March 24, 2019 12:22 AM EDT
    • Well, it's taken me a LOT longer than usual to get this posted, but it's finally done. Here is my report on my 2018 Nevada & Mojave trip:

      [url]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Nevada_Trip_2018_Part_One.html[/url]


      Sites I visited on this trip include:

      Nikolaus-Eureka Mine, CA
      Belleville Mine and Mill, NV
      Ophir Cabins, NV
      Ophir, NV
      Croesus Mine, NV
      Eureka Tunnel, NV
      Lane City, NV
      Lucky Star Mine, NV
      Ida May Mine, NV
      Black Prince Mine, NV
      Golden Eagle Mine, NV
      Caselton Heights, NV
      "Williams Hill" Mine, NV
      "Lincoln" Mine, NV
      Mendha Mine, NV
      Indian Cove, NV
      Cimarron Mine, NV
      San Antonio Mine, NV
      Potomac, NV
      Lambertucci Roma Ranch, NV

      In addition to photos, I also have videos tours for many of these sites.

      Enjoy!

       

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    • March 19, 2019 9:17 AM EDT
    • Spring in the desert is a beautiful thing, thanks for sharing Ray.

    • March 17, 2019 10:53 PM EDT
    • I had a chance to go back out to the desert late Thursday afternoon for an overnight trip. Here are a few pics -- you can see more in my "Adventures of Megaweapon" thread on the 4Runner forum:

       

      [url]https://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/225575-adventures-megaweapon-17.html#post3253404[/url]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_7986cc/IMG_7986cc.jpg[/img]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_8044cc/IMG_8044cc.jpg[/img]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_2211cc/IMG_2211cc.jpg[/img]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_2416cc/IMG_2416cc.jpg[/img]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Borrego_Trips_2019_files/Media/IMG_2236cc/IMG_2236cc.jpg[/img]

       

       

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    • March 17, 2019 1:48 AM EDT
    • Dan, Dos Cabesas is on the old San Diego & Arizona line, at the southern end of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Here's a link to the Google map:

      [url]https://www.google.com/maps/place/R.R.+Water+Tower+Dos+Cabezas/@32.744319,-116.140136,1811m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x80d99683a0368a67:0xfe28051fb50e5567!2sDos+Cabezas,+CA!3b1!8m2!3d32.7458916!4d-116.140294!3m4!1s0x80d99683a8e2dd07:0xc3f23391d57e843e!8m2!3d32.7460071!4d-116.1394599?hl=en[/url]

       

      The water tower on my In-kopah Railroad was modeled after the tower at Dos Cabesas. Here is my page with photos of the prototype tower going back to my first visit there in 1975:

       

      [url]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Dos_Cabezas.html[/url]

       

       

    • March 14, 2019 9:53 AM EDT
    • Ray,  where is the "The old railroad water tower at Dos Cabesas siding" .  Enjoyed the photos over at the 4Runner forum.

    • March 13, 2019 10:18 PM EDT
    • I've had a lot going on the past few months, so I haven't been able to get out and do anything fun with the 4Runner for a while. But last week I finally got a chance to head out to the desert for a couple days! I left Wednesday night and returned Friday afternoon. Saw a lot of wildflowers, though not as many as I expected -- I may have been a bit early for the peak of the season.

       

      I've posted a full report with photos in my "Adventures of Megaweapon" thread over on the 4Runner forum:

       

      [url]https://www.toyota-4runner.org/5th-gen-t4rs/225575-adventures-megaweapon-17.html#post3250194[/url]

       

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Adventures_files/Media/IMG_6523cc/IMG_6523cc.jpg[/img]

       

      [img]http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Megaweapon_Photos_files/Media/IMG_6609cc/IMG_6609cc.jpg[/img]

       

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    • March 2, 2019 9:09 AM EST
    • Mark Betlem said:

      Cool. There is a private railroad in Coshocton, Ohio called Mill Creek Central that Wayne frequents. On YouTube one can search for Mill Creek Central and view videos from last year of his H10s running. They put together a 100 car train with two of his H10s doubleheaded in the lead, one in the center and one towards the  end.  It’s a cool video to watch. He told me that next year they are going to attempt a 150 car train. 

      Mill Creek Central is on our bucket list.  So many railroads, so little time.  Bob called me the night after that 100 car run and was still hyped about it.

      The skill of keeping all those engines pulling together is probably still above my pay grade, but confidence grows with each turn at the throttle.  The H10 is just now really getting loose and is running better every year.  Great engine.

    • March 2, 2019 12:01 AM EST
    • Cool. There is a private railroad in Coshocton, Ohio called Mill Creek Central that Wayne frequents. On YouTube one can search for Mill Creek Central and view videos from last year of his H10s running. They put together a 100 car train with two of his H10s doubleheaded in the lead, one in the center and one towards the  end.  It’s a cool video to watch. He told me that next year they are going to attempt a 150 car train. 

    • March 1, 2019 9:28 PM EST
    • Yes, that's one of Wayne's engines.  If he's involved, good things happen. 

    • March 1, 2019 9:19 PM EST
    • i enjoyed the video, Ric. Thanks for putting it out there. And thanks for the assist, Ken.  I love to see the really large scale equipment running. Do you know by chance if that H-10 was manufactured by Wayne Godshall of Godshall’s Custom Machining in Sherman’s Dale, PA?  They are awesome locomotives!

    • March 1, 2019 8:52 AM EST
    • People are making it home or moving on to the next railroad from Ridge, after the Winter Meet and pictures and videos are getting processed.  One of my thrills every year is to improve my steaming skills by operating a 1.5 scale H-10 owned by Bob Wattacamp of Long Island.  Here is a you tube video of the H-10, operating around the entire mainline of the Ridge Live Steamers in Dundee, Florida.

      Enjoy -

         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtd1_X-6YOM

    • February 22, 2019 11:14 PM EST
    • 22 February, 2019 - The Ridge Live Steamers is having their Winter Meet this weekend.  Great fun!  Over a 100 people were at the pot luck this evening.  Over 40 RV's and better than 30 - 7 1/2 inch, 1/8th scale steam engine, plus lots of diesel/electrics, battery powered and many gas powered unit are here for the annual event. So sitting on a hill, waiting for track to clear, while running a Pennsylvania H-10, owned by "Long Island Bob".  A problem about 500 feet up the track had a number of trains stopped.  So 2 trains up, a guy gets off one of the trains and starts walking back.  I know that face.  Nick Armana (sp?, I'm sure I've screwed up the spelling of his last name), as sure as the day is long, the "Aristo Bear" is walking straight at me. Had a great talk while waiting for the track to clear and continued our reunion later back at the station.  Yes, its a small World and better with all the great friends we've made through this hobby of trains.

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      Nick says he may make it to York.  I asked him to try to swing by the "Drag and Brag". 

    • January 28, 2019 5:12 PM EST
    • Nice, but oh so many Trailer Queens. Cars are meant to be driven 

    • January 28, 2019 8:06 AM EST
    • Boomer

      The pic of the pinup standing next to the BBQ grill /Kegger did not come out  ... that's all that is missing ...

    • January 27, 2019 6:27 PM EST
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      Nice pics Boomer.....while scrolling through them the one thing that caught my eye was the modified 67 Camaro. Why ?? because I couldn't understand how it was breathing (taking in air) from the firewall so I had too look it up.

    • January 27, 2019 4:33 PM EST
    • A guy I served in Nam with builds hot rods like that. For a guy who lost both his legs over there, he sure is an inspiration to me.