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    • June 24, 2019 6:50 PM EDT
    • One of the fun parts of modeling in On30 is the "mini scenes" you can do with lots and lots of details.

      Well the steam locomotives need a lot of cut wood to do their work......so a mini scene on the mini logging layout.









      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • April 16, 2019 7:17 AM EDT
    • Great looking water … I would of suspected too see some logs or debris in the water /shore line. Great looking .Tom

    • April 16, 2019 3:21 AM EDT
    • Awesome is cliché.  Accurate, but cliché!  You could bathe in those streams...if you were ~1:20 scale!

    • April 15, 2019 9:35 PM EDT
    • Korm Kormsen said:

      more pics  and more explanations on your water finish would be most welcome!

       

      it seems to be an interesting solution

       

      Here you go Korm. https://youtu.be/wnOE-qWhGVs    Great explanation from the master Dave Frary.......love his New England accent.

      Doc Tom

    • April 14, 2019 6:01 PM EDT
    • more pics  and more explanations on your water finish would be most welcome!

       

      it seems to be an interesting solution.

    • April 14, 2019 5:52 PM EDT
    • Doc, I certainly enjoy your builds.  Looking forward to the next one.

    • April 14, 2019 5:30 PM EDT
    •  

      Thank you Dan. Train is ending up at the station on this project. Been a long fun ride.

      On to another project:

      Look for it in the "Blue Ridge Stemwinder" of this fine website.
      Doc Tom

    • June 12, 2019 9:54 PM EDT
    • Great stuff Tom!

      Really looking forward to see you layout build and your new equipment trundling along on it.  Really like those hoppers .  Very similar to the early EBT hoppers. I'd like to build some of those some day.  Hopefully they'll turn out half as nice as yours. Really enjoying all of the historical photos too.  I'll be watching.

    • June 10, 2019 9:44 PM EDT
    •  Great video, Tom.  Thanks for sharing.

       

      EDIT: I hope I look that good when I'm 102 

    • June 10, 2019 9:11 PM EDT
    • To build this little layout I have been researching the heck out of the ET&WNC RR. Heck, I even joined the ET&WNC RR Historical Society.....a very nice group.

      At the end of May they had their annual convention in Johnson City Tennessee and I had a ball.

      Here we are playing with ET&WNC lokie #12. She is 102 years old and guzzied up in Tweetsie RR livery.

      https://youtu.be/H_xgCijWV0Q

      The engineers let us take as many runbys and phot ops as we wanted with the theme park closed for the time we were there.

      I have a model of number 12 ready to hit the iron when I get to building the layout.

      doc Tom

    • May 1, 2019 1:34 PM EDT
    • Goody Goody … another adventure!! 

    • April 18, 2019 10:20 PM EDT
    • My latest creation for the upcoming On30 ET&WNC layout is one of Tweetsie’s iconic wooden hopper cars. My modeling buddy Bill Nelson scratch built the wooden body. I went to work adding detail parts, grabs, stake pockets , wheels and couplers. Here is the model in primer gray.















      Next steps will be to follow the prototype and paint and letter the car. The original used a mixture of lampblack, linseed oil and japan drier to get the dark gray/black color. This according to the good folks in the ET&WNC Historical Society.







      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • April 18, 2019 10:20 PM EDT
    • Bruce D. Chandler said:

      Nice!

      Do you have this? 

      http://grw.trains.com/news/product-reviews/2016/04/20-years-of-the-blue-ridge-stemwinder-cd

       

      It‘s a great source of interesting information.

      Thank you Bruce. this should be very helpful.

      Tom

    • April 18, 2019 10:19 PM EDT
    • Ric Golding said:

      Doc Tom,

      Another great example of your work!  The "Tweetsie" is another one of those railroads we share interest in.  I've done a lot of exploration on the old road bed and truly fell in love with the area.  Be sure and get yourself into the Christian Youth Camp.  Its the door to a whole lot of the photography of the area.  It was one of those things on my "bucket list" and I can say, we scratched that one off.

      Hope to go to the camp and ride their little train in to the Doe River Valley this summer.

      Tom

    • April 18, 2019 10:17 PM EDT
    • My latest creation for the upcoming On30 ET&WNC layout is one of Tweetsie’s iconic wooden hopper cars. My modeling buddy Bill Nelson scratch built the wooden body. I went to work adding detail parts, grabs, stake pockets , wheels and couplers. Here is the model in primer gray.















      Next steps will be to follow the prototype and paint and letter the car. The original used a mixture of lampblack, linseed oil and japan drier to get the dark gray/black color. This according to the good folks in the ET&WNC Historical Society.







      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • May 19, 2019 8:32 PM EDT
    • May 18th

       

      Corners wired and fitted.

       

      That is all.....

    • May 2, 2019 4:02 PM EDT
    • After Two years of using the HO style corners the group decided we needed something easier to carry and store. We came up with this design for minimal corners.

      They are each 90degrees and just wide enough for the ROW. Each corner has a 4" straight lead-in on the ends and then the curve.

      I did the cutting. Good times. Got some aggression out.

      Wood work complete. Very strong and they weigh almost nothing.

      Road bed goes down. We are using a different foam from the neoprene sold by Woodland Scenics. This stuff is similar to what is used for embedding tools in a tool box.

      Track gets glued down. We no longer do jumper tracks. Modules are held together by two super-strong magnets in each end and the track butts together at each joint. Sometimes we don't even use joiners.

      Regardless of straight or curved modules all mid track joints are soldered.

      Jumper wires are soldered on each end.

       

      First run will be later this month. Fascia boards, paint and ballast will be added this summer.

       

      In January the ON30 group became a division of the New Mexico Garden Railroaders. We now have insurance and two venues each year where we can set up. If you are in the Albuquerque area and have an interest in G Scale or On30 please contact us through the NMGRR website. http://www.nmgrr.com/

       

      More pics and updates as we go.

       

    • May 4, 2019 5:51 PM EDT
    • I hope that as I am getting closer to semi retirement that I could take my micro- layouts on the road to some train shows.

      I noticed that the On30 Haiti sugar hauler “Ti Neg la” (Haitian Kreyol for the Little Guy) needed some upgrading.

      So I purchased the O scale Banana tree kit from Pegasus models and built up a Banana Grove. This is on the Leogoane side of the layout where are the sugar fields are and the rotgut rum distillery.








      In this last picture you can see Green bananas ready for picking.



      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom