It's actually in Iraq. The area it's located looks and feels a lot like some areas of the American Southwest. Lots of low dry rocky mountains and sandy eroded valley. This particular line linked a gravel and rock quarry in the town of Miqdadiyah with Baquba. One of the branches of the old roadbed ran right into our base, I think the British built it but I'm not sure. We used to store our waste oil in one of the old boxcars.
The river flowed through a rocky canyon much like the one you've modeled, I think the railroad only crossed the Diyala river once, but there were a couple other neat bridges crossing tributary canyons. The Diyala is the river in the background.
Last edited on Sat Jun 18th, 2011 02:11 am by sledhead
Since OSHA showed up after seeing pictures of the new bridge, T y P management has been stingy issuing passes or allowing photographers on company property, but I was able to sneak a few pictures (with really bad lighting) of progress at Tumacacari:
Looking good, Duane...the saguaros and vegetation really give it life. Are those tubleweeds scattered around the mission entrance? Looks like the mission has fallen into disuse, or you've had a recent dust storm! The little passenger train is perfect.
OSHA has no jurisdiction in La Frontera, tell them to take a flying leap off the bridge if they don't like it. We don't need no steenking permits!
Thanks Woodie-if you need pics or ideas, I have quite a few pics of Missions and churchs, also the HABS website has some good ones. Im thinking something Baroque would fit in well with your theme
Dwayne-thanks for the idea, Ive ordered a 1/43 Willys pickup for the T&P-the real Willys Overland also offered a four door wagon for conversion to a hi-rail vehicle-thats the Willys that I want to restore, and I'm offering a one-million peso reward if someone can find one!
Im still struggling with the saguaros and other vegetation, although the tumbleweeds were a good find. The paint was wet on the saguaros when I took those pics so the shine has toned down and they look better, but the colors are still off. Also need to figure out the other Sonoran desert plants like prickly pears, century plants and ocotillos. The other bushes and shrubs Im not too particular about-ask a cowboy to name the shrubs in the southwest and they will claim there are only two species-"rabbitbrush" and "horsebrush." Horsebrush refers to anything a cow or horse will eat, and rabbitbrush anything that they won't.
One of the reasons Im hesistant to post pics is that the lighting in my garage is horrible and just doesnt cut it for duplicating the sun baked desert. The photos just look like poo. In a few weeks I'll roll the whole setup (it has roller wheels and rolls outside easily) outdoors and take photographs using natural light. Im also toying with doing a Youtube video for kicks and giggles, but I still have alot of work to do on the mining town area. Here is the same scene in natural light, cant wait to see it in natural light with a backdrop!