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 Posted: Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 10:28 pm
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I applaud your fortitude in making your own.

I have been thinking along the same lines as this.

I already have jars of simulated dirt made from, wait for it - Dirt!

I am also collecting small tree branches to use as lumber, or even as is for debris.




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 Posted: Wed Jul 3rd, 2019 11:34 pm
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I also add small bits and pieces of metal to the jars that I find along the way. 
Just let everything rust up together. 

Occasionally I'll stir everything up with an old screwdriver.
 
I don't think anything looks better than the 'real' thing. 
'Real' dirt for dirt; 'real' rust for rust.




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 Posted: Thu Jul 4th, 2019 05:02 am
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Making more progress on Scotty's Salt plant.
 
Still need to install posts along the left side, and more rafters on the roof. 
Eventually it will have wood siding, and a corrugated metal roof. 
A small tramway will enter the door with small rail cars carrying raw salt into the plant.




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 Posted: Sat Jul 6th, 2019 04:06 am
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Earthquakes

Considering the recent earthquake of 6.9 this evening,
I was pondering the possibility of including earthquakes either as a scenic feature
(earth slides, crooked track) or in operations (track blockage).

Back in 1952 the Southern Pacific suffered damage at Tehachapi,
and had to re-route trains over the Coast Line.




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Shake it up baby, twist and shout. 

You've had a few.

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We have earthquakes in Australia as well.

The road and track made a sudden six foot increase in height.

........Peter.







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For those of us, like me, that sometimes lay some crooked track,

at least we have a reasonable excuse...  earthquakes!





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Been reading Ghost Towns of the American West by Robert Silverberg. 

The author wrote "Silver City was the most durable of a group of mining camps in Idaho's Owyhee Basin, west of Boise. 

A Canadian trader gave the Owyhee River its name in memory of two of his employees who were killed on its banks;
they came from Hawaii, and that was the best job of spelling he could do."


Silverberg also took some excerpts from the Silver City Avalanche.
 
One dated February 3, 1866 read;
According to an old woman's saying that "bread is the staff of life, but whiskey is life itself" we are out of "life" just now,
though there is flour enough to meet present needs.


Placerville, California was originally known as Old Dry Diggins, Dry Diggings, and then Hangtown. 
The name Hangtown came about because of the hanging of three men in 1849. 
The more friendlier name of Placerville was adopted in 1854.


Life was interesting in the Old West.




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Well now those tracks look like a heck of a ride! 

Maybe like Thunder Mountain at Disney!


Michael, I do like the history of the Early American West,

which is why I've chosen to go back to my fondest period. 


People think that American Westerns are fanciful,

well, they don't quite touch the humor of the people of the time. 


Read some Fred Hart, the Editor of the Reese River Reveille (Sazerac Liars Club),

or Dan Dequille of the the Territorial Enterprise,

and of course don't forget Mark Twain (Roughing It),

humor infused the Far West.


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Steve,

I've read much of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). 
His stories are both interesting and humorous.

One of his stories was about going prospecting with three other comrades. 
They bought a wagon and a pair of worn out horses with the idea of hauling all their supplies,
and they wouldn't have to walk the 200 miles they were going. 
They ended up walking the entire distance since their team could barely pull the wagon.
Took them a month to go the distance.




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