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    • December 25, 2019 4:28 PM EST
    • Shoot, I thought you would have a video of Nancy throwing rocks at the trains!


      Seriously, it is really shaping up!



    • December 24, 2019 6:06 PM EST
    • A few videos, just for fun:



    • December 23, 2019 10:05 PM EST
    • Drat...I would've loved to have seen your take on a rail-mounted buzz bomb launcher!  Merry Christmas!

    • December 21, 2019 10:20 PM EST
    • Fixed the track. No more buzz bombs...



    • December 21, 2019 4:10 PM EST
    • Late to the game, but I figured it was a launch rail for your his train mounted buzz bombs!



    • December 21, 2019 4:08 PM EST
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Lighter rocks would make my back happy!


      HA!!!!!  I make the crew schlep the rocks!  

    • December 21, 2019 3:28 PM EST
    • Lighter rocks would make my back happy!

    • December 21, 2019 1:23 PM EST
    • I kinda figgered that's what happened.

      You need lighter rocks so the hired help don't drop'em. ............

    • December 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST
    • Oh, Nancy dropped it ...... that's right, blame it on the help 

    • December 21, 2019 11:39 AM EST
    • Well, you guys have way more interesting ideas than what actually happened: Nancy Norris drooped a rock.



    • December 21, 2019 7:25 AM EST
    • I thought maybe it was a "derail" for the siding...............

    • December 21, 2019 6:18 AM EST
    • Ken Brunt said:

      Why is that piece of rail sticking up in the air?


      That's for his loop de loop unloading area 

    • December 21, 2019 2:00 AM EST
    • Why is that piece of rail sticking up in the air?

    • December 20, 2019 11:23 PM EST
    • OK, more time was invested in the "rock fall" and it is starting to look more like a rock fall. More than a coincidence?


      Here are some pictures from farther away so you can see it in some context:



      Just to the "left" of the rock fall we used to have a 2 tier stepped area that was going to be used for flowers. We've reconfigured it to be more of a cliff similar to the other end of the previously existing tunnel (near the Jasper forest area).



      And here's the rock fall itself:



      Still some tweaking and planting to do but getting there...


    • December 17, 2019 9:35 AM EST
    • Tunnel is looking great Jim.  The plantings are softening the rocks, nice contrast.

    • December 16, 2019 7:47 PM EST
    • Looks great!



      Keep up the progress Jim as the RR IS ... ALMOST THERE ...or IS it ?

    • December 14, 2019 2:59 PM EST
    • Echoes about the tunnel.  We couldn't source anything locally like your corrugated pipe which made  it a real challenge to achieve the realistic lay and fall of the rocks you achieved.

      Keep the updates coming!


    • December 13, 2019 10:56 PM EST
    • Jim, as with all your builds your attention to detail is exquisite, great looking tunnel, Bill 

    • December 13, 2019 8:56 PM EST
    • Jim, I really like your use of rock on the RR.  The tunnel will provide a break in the track and give the feeling that the train is going somewhere further down the line.

    • December 13, 2019 7:50 PM EST
    • Managed to dodge the rain and get another day of work in on landscaping. Today was mostly about adding what we've been calling a "rock fall" with some different color granite, which to me adds some nice contrast. Also some ground cover spread around.


      Here's an example of some ground cover:



      There's a trestle that crosses the Durango yard and connects the "transition" area to the upper level of the city of Durango. We're adding a tunnel at the end of that trestle and covering it with some rust-ish rock. Only got half the rock on (had to go buy some more!).


      Here's the start of the tunnel: some corrugated material being curved along the existing track. You will see a rope: that's just to temporarily hold it in place so it can be more permanently set in place using some stakes:



      Some gravel was added internally. I'll be building some tunnel portals after we get a bit further along:



      A little further long more rocks have been mortared into place:



      I'm enjoying this different rock coloring.