Project-wise, I’ve been sort of quiet these last few months, so I’d like to give a bit of an update on what’s been going on.
Last July, Linda and I went to the Great Steam Up in Carson, NV.
While on that trip, Linda and I were able to tour the Sutro Tunnel site. This was my second visit there, and it was great to see and hear more on this fascinating historical place. This tunnel drained the Comstock mines… belatedly, but still to good effect. For more info, see the Friends site, or just Google “Sutro Tunnel.”
Long story short, I felt inspired to design a museum around a model of the tunnel, telling the story of the Comstock from the perspective of the underground, Th concept was well received.
In October, while at the V&T conference, I met met with the Sutro Friends folks. I was asked, Can a small model of just the site be made, for near term needs? And of course, I said Yes.
Since then, I’ve been spending all my free time, vacation, holidays, whatever, on this worthy project.
Here’s a concept shot of the model. This is of the site around the mouth of the tunnel, which the State of NV only recently received control over.
There will be 16 story panels around the model, helping explain the site features. Many of the buildings no longer exist, but quite a few do. We’re trying to use this model to explain everything that was there, in the heyday of the operation.
I hope to engage some techie talent to extend the 16 topics to one’s cell phone, so that more detail emerges when you get near a feature while walking around.
This is a 100% volunteer effort, so I have some freedoms. On the other hand, the historical discussions and their outcomes can get involved, and I’ve needed to adjust the design to suit.
After a lot of research and design time, I’ve been happy to begin lasering some parts this week.
There will be tracks in the model. In 1:1 they are 22" gauge. But since this model is 1:320, they’ll be tough to see.
Anyway, that’s what I’m working on. This thing has taken over, and unfortunately I won’t be finishing my trestle project until this is done.
And yeah, my timing sucks, with the Mik challenge just starting, and I don’t want to distract from that.
But I needed to get the heavy building stuff on this done now, cuz I’m having rotator cuff surgery at the end of this month, after which I’ll only be doing tiny stuff. And since I’m now building the model (and not just researching or designing), I wanted to share that effort with my friends here.