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    • January 5, 2020 3:14 PM EST
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      I have to agree with Dan...............

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    • January 5, 2020 5:35 PM EST
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      Agree with Dan's comments, also....    Nice modeling...   

    • January 5, 2020 6:57 PM EST

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      As always ...great work Doc....ever thought about On30 Amtrak modeling  ?

       

    • January 5, 2020 10:00 PM EST
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      Like everyone else says, really great work Doc.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Your work is inspiring.

    • January 5, 2020 10:35 PM EST
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      The more I follow your work the more I like the On30 idea indoors. Great work as usual.

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    • January 11, 2020 8:30 PM EST

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      Foam core mockup for the depot at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

      Ever since I've been a model railroader I have read about foam core mockups for scratch built models. Despite being in the hobby some 40 years this was the first time I have actually done this. What I had read was this is a good way to see if structures actually would fit the model railroad. And in O scale this is extremely important as the buildings and structures can be overwhelming.

      So here is a foamcore mockup of the depot at Linnville on the ET and WNC railroad. I am getting closer to the look in the old prototype picture.







      What I found was that the roof overhangs fouled locomotives on the track behind the station. I'm actually fudging history a bit as there was no track behind the station and only a dirt road. But I wanted a team track and it was on Ian Rice’s track plan as well. So I had to trim the roof overhang in the back so as not to decapitate the engineer on Number 12.





      I lucked up as this is the only adjustment I had to make to fit the depot in between 2 railroad tracks. For sure clearance is tight but it looks like everything is coming together.





      Next up will be a mock up of the hip roof. And then it's on to purchasing styrene and castings to build this nifty little depot.

      Thank you for looking. Doc Tom

    • January 11, 2020 9:26 PM EST
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      Well, Doc, that is a good looking depot.  I’m sure your final model will look better than the original. Don’t forget the window box planter. 

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    • January 12, 2020 8:40 AM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Well, Doc, that is a good looking depot.  I’m sure your final model will look better than the original. Don’t forget the window box planter. 

      Thank you Dan. That window box planter is a definite. There are a lot of nice O scale flowers out there now. This will be a nod  to Garden Railroads. Tom

    • January 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST
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      Doc, after I posted the reminder about the window boxes, I realized you had actually drawn them on the mockup. This is going to be a great build to follow. 

      is it done yet? 

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    • January 15, 2020 10:17 PM EST

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      The Linville Depot gets hip.

      That is the Linville Depot gets a hip roof. In following the prototype I was able to construct out of card stock a hip roof for the little depot at Linville. Here are some prototype pictures of the roof being installed during the reconstruction of the Linville Depot in North Carolina.





      I had a much easier job using cardboard and Elmer's glue.









      Because of the siding behind the depot I had to truncate the hip posteriorly. This is not too evident except in the one side picture.



      Next steps are styrene and plastic castings……more to come.

      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • January 15, 2020 10:22 PM EST
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      Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 

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    • January 16, 2020 9:23 PM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 

       

       

      Yes, "train time" could easily turn in to massacre time with these close tolerances.  Tom

       

    • January 25, 2020 6:08 PM EST

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      Color comes to Linville NC on the ET&WNC R.R.

      This little layout is built on shelf that is about 18 inches– 24 inches deep. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad was definitely a mountain railroad. To get the look of depth and mountain scenery this little railroad needed a backdrop. When I saw that Railroad backdrops.com/affordable model railroads ………was voted the best in the Model Railroader magazine I took a look. When I saw they had a backdrop labeled “Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina” I was sold. I do not know where they took the picture but the backdrop is making my Linville LDE a little closer to the real deal in the prototype picture.














      Here are some before and after shots showing how the masonite was used to secure the backdrop.







      As always, thanks for looking. Dr. Tom

    • January 27, 2020 7:02 AM EST
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      That really made a big diff... I like it .. 

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    • January 27, 2020 9:18 AM EST
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      Talk about bringing a railroad to life, wow, that certainly did. Looking at some of those photos, it looks like we will have the pleasure of seeing a lot of expansions 

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    • February 2, 2020 8:58 PM EST

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      Thank you gentleman. Here is the next installment on this little mountain RR.

       

      RPO/ Baggage Car #15 rides the rails at Linville on the ET & WNC RR.

      Maintenance man J.R.Smith is patiently awaiting the opening of the baggage door on the new #15 combine at Linville Station. He has work to do. The security minded postal workers are busy fumbling with the pad locked door and there will be some delays in getting “J. R.” on board. But there will be no postal robberies by the likes of Jessie James this day.










      This is the second Deerfield Laser Kit I have built up on a donated On30 Bachmann chassis. I chose a different paint scheme after riding a prototype passenger car at “Tweetsie” this past summer at the ET & WNC RR Historical society meeting.






      Here is #15 with sister Azalea in a different shade of green.



      Here are some older color shots of # 15 as well. Let me know, with your 1920’s imagination, which color looks best ?







      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • February 9, 2020 9:55 PM EST

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      One of the benefits of using foam to build mountains and hills is that, unlike the prototype, they are quite easy to move and lightweight. It was time for some trees on the Linville LDE. So one of the hills was removed to the workbench and trees planted.




      I really got into the swing of things and the next thing you know pine trees and hardwoods were sprouting up all over the place.



      Putting a train into the picture really gave a sense of perspective and distance. Keep in mind that this shelf layout is only 18 inches deep.





      33 trees are in place and a whole heck of a lot more are needed.

      Thank you for looking and all commentary is welcome.

      Dr. Tom

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
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      Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
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      Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

    • February 9, 2020 10:03 PM EST
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      Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

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