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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2017 05:53 pm
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Steven B

Joined: Thu Aug 13th, 2015
Location: Virginia USA
Posts: 425
Hi all,

I have been a lurker for over a year, only commenting occasionally.  I have been inspired by so many of you here.  I am in the process of building a layout inspired by the Nevada Central.  I have been a fan for many years, and Mr. Ferrell's fairly recent book was the kick start.

I had a pretty respectable HO layout that was under construction, it too was based in Nevada around Wells, NV and the beginning of the paired track running on the SP/WP to the connection with the Nevada Northern and designed for operations.  But... my wife decided it was time to move near her mother... 2500 miles east.  So down came the layout and I tried to find people in the area who play trains.  Seems that the closest that I can find are an hour or better in any direction.  Hmmm, looks like I am basically YOYO (yer on yer own) for the most part.  There are those who will visit, but construction has to be downsized.  So I upsized to On30.

When I was a child my parents took me to Virginia City, NV and I fell in love with wood burning, ballon stacked American locomotives and drew them constantly with my crayons.  So, On30 represents a regression to my childhood. :bg:  I am all the happier for it.  HO was too small to do this, the locos could hardly pull themselves, so in the words of Goldilocks, "On30 is juuust right."  The NC burned coal, so there there won't be many ballon stacks, ok two.  I refuse to be constricted by history this time and am going freelance with a prototype base.  Meaning that I want to model certain equipment like Carter Bros. and Billmeyer Small, but realize that NOTHING was On30 and that the NC didn't really do anything for operations, so I am mixing it up.  I will model places that may or may not have existed as well as places that were never even close to the NC.  Some of these being Mono Mills on the Bodie Railway,  Brown's Canyon Trestle in the NPC, Ledlie, NV which will have a dock for the "Reese River Navigation Company" (a 1940s lie and pretty funny story - look it up) and Ophir (for my son a huge Goose fan), CO.  Now there was an Ophir on the east side of the Toiyabe's just south east of Austin, true story, think I full of it? (Work speak for "no lie"), so that is where it will be.
Anyway, that is why it will be called the Humboldt & Toiyabe.

The layout will eventually be housed in what I call "Eastern Nevada" a 12x28 shed, and will be double decked.  I have yet to run electricity to it and get all of the stored stuff out of it.  We bought an old farmhouse for my wife and the house is a priority.  Once that is done, Katy bar the door.

In the meantime, I can't sit on my hands.  I have begun work on items for the layout and I hope that this forum will document what I am doing, like so many other great inspirations that I have have been given on this forum.

I have been having problems posting photos.  It seems that my files are too big! So I may have to adjust the camera and try again.  Just tried again with the same error message, so I'll get it.  But I wanted to get started, so, here we go! 
Enjoy the ride... "Tickets Please." :pop:

Steven B.
Humboldt & Toiyabe Rwy
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