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    • July 20, 2017 9:24 PM EDT
    • I dunno....they regularly switched standard gauge cars up a 4% at the transfer trestle in Johnson City........but No10 with a 1000 mah battery does it a lot easier.......


    • July 20, 2017 9:05 AM EDT
    • I was just going to ask, what'd you expect from that little engine?  4-6-0's liked to pull 2 passenger coaches and maybe a "goods" car.  20 mph was bookin"

    • July 20, 2017 5:34 AM EDT
    • The track crews at the Coalfield Western are still plugging along with some gpood progress being made.....



      this is the beginnings of Serna Creek and also where the switchback will leave the mainline.  the Bridge across the creek was built from a cardstock  kit avaiible from Clever Models and uses a section of 1/4 luan for strength. 



      No 11 pulls the first train across.



      In the meantime track has also been laid across the swing bridge and onto the the Northeast Section known now as Bethany




      The track off to the right is the continuing mainline that will lead out to staging and the Tug Fork Extentionthe far left is the interchange track  with  the lumber companY and will be worked from Cedar Mountain Yard.  the runaround and spur track will be for a manufacturing company that will be worked from the mainline and operationally will be considered  miles away from the lumber interchange.

      We also began roughing in the upper level which will make up the mining camp of Anniebird, the switchback is begun and the first leg saw No11 and a short train. I was a little disapointed with eh 4-6-0 performance on the grade and had to keep reducing it to get No11 up it with three hoppers and a caboose. then I did the math, its a 4% grade on a curve.....not bad a'tall........




    • July 13, 2017 8:13 PM EDT
    • Andy Clarke said:

      Bart, Railroad looks to be coming along nicely...  Buildings look fantastic....    

      Suck up !

    • July 12, 2017 6:12 PM EDT
    • Bart, Railroad looks to be coming along nicely...  Buildings look fantastic....    

    • July 12, 2017 6:00 PM EDT
    • Cardstock.....just like the rest of the structure........

    • July 11, 2017 10:34 PM EDT
    • Very nice Bart, what did you use for the awnings?

    • July 11, 2017 11:13 AM EDT
    • Lookin' good, Bart.

    • July 10, 2017 2:13 PM EDT
    • Well lets see.....its been a while since I updated, so what have I been up to?   I finished a 2nd structure for my downtown business block,,,,



      And I also constructed the first swingout section across the entrance to the sliding glass door ,  Learned a lot that should be helpful in building the other one across the carport door.....




      During a late night rambles I cobbled up a cabin car for the line......



      I had purchased an MTH water column to use in Cedar Mountain Yard, but it was clearly too large.   I'll use it on the Large Scale Layout, and make an Oscale water column of my own outta leftover styrene bits and a pinch of AVES putty....



    • July 20, 2017 5:45 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:


      That is really fantastic work!  Thank you for sharing.  I dream of those types of results.


      Thank you for the kind words. This has been an interesting build so far and I appreciate you guys following along. The Rail Road Club on the Net.


      Doc Tom

    • July 19, 2017 5:41 PM EDT
    • DOC!

      That is really fantastic work!  Thank you for sharing.  I dream of those types of results.

    • July 19, 2017 2:01 PM EDT
    • Ron Tremblay said:

      Tom, That is just beautiful!


      Thanks Ron. I appreciate the kind words.

      Dr Tom

    • July 19, 2017 7:54 AM EDT
    • Tom, That is just beautiful!

    • July 18, 2017 4:56 PM EDT
    • Thank you Korm, Shawn, and Greg. Your comments are really helpful in keeping the modeling juices flowing.

      More to come.      Doc Tom

    • July 18, 2017 4:21 PM EDT
    • That is museum-quality looks!



    • July 14, 2017 7:44 AM EDT
    • Everything looks great Tom.  Makes me want to take the plunge and try On30 out. 

    • July 10, 2017 9:13 AM EDT
    • i learned something interesting from your pics.

      how much the use of underbrush and deadfall enhances the reality of a scene.


    • July 9, 2017 6:50 PM EDT
    • About one year ago I began this project in an attempt to model a primitive backwoods logging operation set in 1910.

      In August 2016 I had gotten this far:

      It looked like a blue foam aircraft carrier.

      Many months later we are at this scene of the"Woods" Side of the mini layout.:



      There is much more to do including many more tree armatures, deadfall, leaves and then finally winterization with a little bit of snow and ice.

      This mini layout has kept me busy for a year and because of its small size allowed me to really detail the scenery. One of the BIG plusses of a mini layout.

      Thank you for looking and following along.

      Doc Tom

      P.S. I removed the vinyl photo backdrop from this side of the mini as it buckled and took my best shot at a painted backdrop.

    • July 8, 2017 10:18 PM EDT
    • I have always liked this photo of a log landing in Oregon about 1925. This is a “colorized” version and for the life of me I have had a hard time locating  the original B&W on the net. I have seen it before but cannot recall where.

      Anyways ,thought I would give a shot at a rough approximation of the action portrayed in the prototype scene. I realize that I have a Stearns Heisler (Climax in the original)posing up front and my little logging people do not appear quite as tired as the workers in the colorized picture.

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • July 8, 2017 9:47 PM EDT
    • Steve Featherkile said:
      Tom Grabenstein said:

      This is a mini layout constructed of Blue Styrofoam. To make it look larger I used a divider between two scenes of the Railroad. To connect the two scenes I have placed a window in the scenery divider in the center.
      Window full. .jpg

      This "Window" was difficult to conceal in the scenery theme of a backwoods logging railroad. This backwoods outfit is so broke they could not afford any type of tunnel. To hide the window between the scenes I had to use foliage and make a tree tunnel. Here's what it looks like:

      Road Work 1 800.jpg
      Road Work 2 800.jpg

      Road work 3 800.jpg

      The scenes depict the road crew laying and spiking rail late into the evening.

      The individual trees had to be carefully placed and "pruned" to avoid fouling the engines and rollingstock.

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

      Am I the only one that can't see the photos in this post?  Zealot says i must be signed in to see them.  I can see the other ones. 


      Sorry Steve I did these photos wrong and they should not be coming from the Zealot Server. Still a little shook after the divorce from Money Bucket.  Tom