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    • March 9, 2020 5:31 AM EDT
    • Jim they are looking great individually. Might I ask for an overview shot to see the layout in total to show how the diversity of the three areas blend ?

    • March 9, 2020 3:35 AM EDT
    • Jim,


      I am just now getting caught up on this thread.     Wow!  What a transformation!  As a president of the local chapter of the Black Thumb society, this gives me hope we, tooic can evolve from lucky guesses to deliberate successes!  




    • March 8, 2020 9:44 PM EDT
    • I'm happy to report that the plants that Nancy picked and planted are doing pretty well! My bad plant mojo has not been enough to overcome her strong flora fu. She has had a few things in the way but is intending to get me the plant list + map soon. Still fighting irrigation a bit but made good progress this week and I think there's a good plan in place to get it under control.


      Meanwhile, a little bit of spring happening in the railroad:



    • February 4, 2020 8:57 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      So is Jim going to make his own workers? Like a train engineer ...



       Jim, with no engineer I thought it was a run away Loco Nice video!!


    • February 3, 2020 11:41 AM EST
    • Thanks John! I had already downloaded those PDFs on figure sculpting and they look pretty straightforward in theory (my fumbling fingers may disagree). I'm going to pursue an alternate path first and see if I can do some 3D sculpting and printing. I've started to learn Blender and have purchased a tablet with stylus so I can sculpt in a more natural way. I'll start a topic on that when I get serious (i.e. after I retire and have more consistent time to spend on it).

    • February 3, 2020 9:15 AM EST
    • Sean, you noticed my phantom engineer! Drat!


      i am interested in learning how to make peoples but can probably buy a couple of engineers, eh?

    • February 3, 2020 8:04 AM EST
    • So is Jim going to make his own workers? Like a train engineer ...


    • February 1, 2020 7:46 PM EST
    • Cool video.  I never get tired of seeing your railroad, Jim 

    • February 1, 2020 7:35 PM EST
    • A video of a training coming through the tunnel portal for your consideration:


    • January 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST
    • Jim, the portal and rock fall turned out great.

    • January 25, 2020 9:52 PM EST
    • No idea and don’t want to know, but you really got your $$ worth by having her do your layout. Hope to steal some ideas and incorporate them into my layout when planting time comes. Thanks for showing us everything, Jim!

    • January 24, 2020 10:23 PM EST
    • Jim, Nancy and her crew have done a fantastic job.  I hate to hear she is almost finished.  I look forward to each of your updates about her most recent plantings.  Now get some RR operations going and you will have a living, breathing empire.  Great work.  Tell Nancy we all said thanks.

    • January 24, 2020 8:42 PM EST
    • Got some cool trees planted today, along with more finishing details, and some rocks around the portals in the new "rock fall" tunnel. Getting to the point where there's maybe one more day of Nancy time and we'll be declaring this phase done. I can't believe how much better the railroad looks (imho) with even these new plantings, not filled in yet. I bet it will look great after 6 months. I promise to post pictures as things fill in a bit.


      OK, here's the progress today. First up: trees!



      And some progress on the tunnel portal (both ends), though the Jasper end of the tunnel still needs some work:



      The rock fall continues to get little tweaks and it is looking darn realistic to me:



      After next week, Nancy tells me that I'll get a map of what all has been planted and where. I'll see if I can get that info posted here so there's more details about the various kinds of plants. At least 90% of the value will be for me so I can tell what the heck I have here. But maybe it will be useful to somebody else too...




      [edited to add the note about getting a map describing all the plants]

    • January 22, 2020 9:45 AM EST
    • That's the fun part. Adding the plants and shrubs to the layout. Like Dave said, it comes alive. 

    • January 22, 2020 6:25 AM EST
    • Looking great Jim

    • January 21, 2020 10:27 PM EST
    • Man, Jim, adding the rocks around the portal made a world of difference.  Once the wood weathers like the retaining wall, it will look like its always been there.  I like the added height on the other end of the tunnel, adds some additional structure between the track and landscaping.  Thanks for sharing the photos.

    • January 21, 2020 7:31 PM EST
    • Made a bit of progress on planting last Friday, finally getting around to posting some pics.


      On the portal, more rocks around it:



      But still needs some around the top:



      And on the other side of the rock slide, a bit of tweaking to the side of the track to add a bit of height as it was feeling a bit flattish:



      And finally added some finishing cover to the sawmill area:





    • January 11, 2020 9:19 AM EST
    • Jim, the portal looks fantastic, looking forward to to the finished product.