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 Posted: Sat Jan 30th, 2016 08:24 pm
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Si.



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Howdy fellow prospectors :cb:

I hope your ore-cars are full & the nuggets HUGE.

" THERE'S GOLD IN THEM THERE HILLS !! " :old dude:

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I've been digging around a while now, looking at ideas for a mine model.
Even with quite a large collection of photos & drawings, nothing quite jumped out & said ... EUREKA !

Then I was reminded of The Grand Central !

I was checking out Keiths exellent thread 'Modelling The Gilpin Tram' in the Freerails narrow-gauge forum...
...where I saw this photo of The Grand Central mine on Gunnell Hill.



BINGO !

I remember seeing adverts for the 'Trout Creek Engineering' kit, years ago in the Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.
I know I've seen various models built over the years of this mine also.

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT !

It's not hard to see why this lil' ol' mine has been loved by countless railroaders over the years.

Compact yet realistic size.
The 'classic' kinda small mine shape.
Nice wooden sides, for all yer board by board fans.
Funky looking sign !
The nice little outbuilding adds a certain 'something' as well.

Does the world need yet another model of The Grand Central mine ?

YOU BET IT DOES PARDNER !

All together ... A bit of a 'gold mine' !

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I see that various kits of The Grand Central are still available in HO and 1/4" scale.
I am interested in making a mine in 1:35 scale.

I've looked around the W.W.W quite a bit, but can't find any drawings & plans for the structure.
I have found that Walthers say the 'Classic Miniatures' kit has a 26ft x 39ft base.

I could probably scale & draw a reasonable version of the building from that info & the photo.
I'm wondering though, if anyone has a drawing or instructions from a kit build, that they could scan & eMail me, and/or post here ?
I would be eternaly grateful !

Also, if anyone has any photos of their own builds of The Grand Central in any scale, I would love to see them posted here as well !

I'm sure that the miner 49ers of Freerails can show me the way to 'the pay dirt' !

All the best.

Cheers.

:moose:

Si.




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