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First photo of my start on some scenery.


Transplanted the Norquinco River Bridge, from the Esquel Line (Argentina),

to Western Canada, for my 'Kaslo & Slocan Rly'.


Ways to go yet,

but after tearing out the first effort, more then pleased with progress on this section.





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Hi Ken  :wave:



WOW !  :bow:


The hand of God that transplanted that bridge from Argentina, to Western Canada ...

... is doing an AWESOME job !  :thumb:



I'll spare you all the pom-pom girls & mooses ...  :f:

... your computer screen couldn't handle that level of pom-poming !  ;)


I have to say I did wonder about a bit of a 'bridge module' for the :moose: Rly.


We have no idea, where we're coming from, or where we're going to ...  ???

... but wherever it is, could involve crossing a 'Kibri' kit, or 'Tri-ang' truss (or 3) !  :P



:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:



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Si.

I built the bridge a few year's ago for my old layout.

Took a while to figure out where to use it again.


Had planned to build a rock shed along this section,

but it will be built just to the left of the bridge on a curve,

where the prototype would be located.

:2t:


Rod

A way's to go yet, enjoying doing scenery, using Frock's,  :) 

a lot less cleaning up & far cheaper then rock mould's.

Hope to have another progress photo soon.


Plan to get a few Pine tree's, Fern's & Devil's Club,

and a lot of Moss planted around the bridge. 

:bg:


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Bit more scenery in place.


Bottle brush pine's need work,

couple of stump's for a long ago logged out Cedar Grove.


About the closest I will likely get to a logging operation,

being more into hard rock mining.  :)


A way's to go yet before track gets laid and something can be run across the bridge.  :bg:





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" A way's to go yet before track gets laid and something can be run across the bridge.  :bg: "


Hi Ken  :wave:

We want ... more ... More ... MORE ... MORE !!  :old dude:


Oh come on Ken, how much patience do you think I've got !  :time: ;)


I can see that there's some old Argentinian track, on the new Canadian bridge ...

... go on ! ... get the 50-Ton 'Hand of God' steam-crane out & snap a loco on it !!  :bg:


That is a pretty impressive quick move, from foam to Frocks(TM).  [whack]


I wanna know more about these 'Frocks' ...  ???

... I've always thought folks 'Frocks' looked good & 'plaster-less' gets my  :thumb:  any day.


Question is ? ... Do you add a little bit of plaster etc. over the 'Frock' ?  ???


I know some 'Frocks' are 100% 'squishable' ...

... & can take anything you wanna throw at 'em !  :bang:



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After ripping and tearing the foam,

I coat them with soupy texture plaster.

The Frocks remain flexible after drying.


I also trim as much as possible from the back,

to reduce amount of plaster I need to blend them in.


For strata rock's, I slice and dice with a sharp knife,

before the ripping and tearing, great to do in front of the TV.


The right side Frock was done with a wire brush in the drill,

different texture but not the easiest method or safest!  :bang:

Will not do that way again.  :td:


There is a YouTube video on Frock's, worth a watch.  :2t:

Google "Frocks" should get you there.  :moose:  :moose:


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Rock cut formation for placement just to the right of the bridge.

Sliced, Diced, Torn, Plastered, sprayed with India Ink & Water mix.

Still needs thinning out before placement.  :2t:





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Ken

I Googled Frocks and learned more about monks robes and women’s clothing than I ever wanted to know.

This is an off-shoot of our hobby I never knew existed.

Tom


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Been there, ended up with similar result's and I was looking for bridge plans.  :bang:

Try "foam rocks" instead.


I came across the frock's when in Aus. at one of their NG convention's,

still need to practice a few different rock formation's for my layout.


Scenery is keeping me occupied and busy.

:glad: :glad:


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You're doing excellent work and I'm enjoying watching it come together. 

I'm learning new stuff all the time and having fun.

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Hi Ken  :wave:


Thanks for your  'Frock'  close-up !  :thumb:

Keep 'em coming.  :bg:


Sad to say I am on 4G mobile Wi-Fi thingamebob ...

... & YouTube videos are not a very realistic option for me.  :f:


Tearing sounds OK in front of the TV ... Dunno about the slashing though !  :shocked:    :sad::w:


;)


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Frocks (Foam Rocks) were introduced to Ozzy modellers in 1996 by Mark Fry. 

Mario Rapinett has developed it further. 


Mario's comments are below.

http://www.modvid.com.au/html/body__frocks_.html


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Thank's for the Frock's page.

Last cleaning I had lost it, added it back into my list.


Should keep a few people busy giving it a try.

I enjoy the ease of using this method for rock formation's.


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Last few day's progress.

Section nearly done,
still need to place nearside rock cut section.

Added a coating of plaster to hide plaster cloth joints,
resprayed with India Ink & Water spray, when dry will do a bit of dry brushing to blend.

For Si. 
The GHOG positioned K&S #3, with a cut of Alberta Railway & Coal Co hopper's.

Time for a  [toast]  while plaster spray dries.

The bridge still needs to be raised by 1/4" for alignment, with the approach track's yet,  :bang:
but it needed pad's under the bridge shoes, so not a big deal.  L:

When  :2t:  will move onto the next section, former! site of "ACME" Dynamite Plant.  :bg:





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Hi Ken  :wave:


N  I  C  E   train pic.  :thumb:


MUCHOOOS GRASSYARSE AMIGO !  :mex:

;)

With the unsuspecting train, now in place on the bridge ...  ???

... it INSTANTLY reminded me of a CHILLIN' scene ...  :w:

... from the movie of Alistair Macleans  'Breakheart Pass'  ! 


One of the couplers on the train is about to fail suddenly ...  :shocked:

( One should NEVER use the word 'suddenly' in fiction BTW, according to Stephen King )  L:

... sending all the soldiers to their doom in one of the Kaslo & Slocans deepest gorges ! 


I don't think they had found the stiffs in the woodpile, or the wrecked telegraph-set yet ...

... so logically it was either an 'accident' caused by an old brittle frozen coupler ...

... or Charles Bronson MUST have done it, whilst chatting up the girl & necking whiskey.  :P





WOW ! ... That looks like a much bigger section than I imagined, with the (On2 1/2 ?) train in it.  :shocked:

I suppose I could have guessed from the glue-gun, but they do come in different sizes !  :dt:

Such speedy progress as well Ken ... Ah!  :bow:



:moose: :moose: :moose: :moose: :moose:



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The section is 6 ft x 1 ft 6 in, height is 2 ft, the bridge span is 32 in's  :moose:


Once I am happy with the basic scenery,

I will dig through my assortment of material and add some foliage to the scene.  :us:


Perhaps one day I will add in a waterfall,  L:  but no big hurry,

have more then enough room for scenery on the rest of the layout to do.
 

Gets me away from the TV, as if there is much worth watching,

other then British murder mysteries,

I even enjoy the rerun's.  :2t:


Never sure  :bg:  what may come next scenery wise.


With the assortment of scenery material collected over the years,

I could model anything from a desert, to a tropical rain forest scene,  

likely suitable for my NA or my South American Railway stock.  L:


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Hi Ken  :wave:



WOW !  :shocked:

6 ft long section !! ... Who woulda thunked it ?  L:  :us:


I can now see your  'squeezy gloop tubes'  in the last ^^ photo ...  :old dude:

... which gives the size away a bit more.


Good size, 6ft long x 1 1/2ft ... & nice 'Kaslo & Slocan' scale vertical 2ft !!  :thumb:





:java: :cool:  :java: :cool:  :java: :cool:  :java: :cool:  :java: :cool:


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" When  :2t:  will move onto the next section, former! site of "ACME" Dynamite Plant.  :bg: "


FORMER !  site of the "ACME" Dynamite Plant !! ??  :w::w::w::w::w:

Were you thinking about something like this ? ...




The main ACME Dynamite Plant buildings would be easy ! ...  :old dude:

... just feed my wooden 'stir-stick' hoard into the coffee-grinder ...

... 10-seconds later  :time:  that's all the main buildings DONE !  :P



Now just gotta find a good online  'FCraters'  tutorial !  ;)


:doh:


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ACME Dynamite was not big enough to leave a hole like that.


Rough placement of what is left of the ACME Dynamite plant  :)  :)  after the explosion there.

Plant has been relocated to less hazardous location.  :2t:

Anything salvageable has been been removed for use elsewhere, by the local miner's. :us:





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Another photo of K&S Bridge #21, original printed in reverse.  :Crazy:

Taken prior to 1897,
when the rails were moved closer to the outside of the trestle,
to provide clearance for the Rotary Snowplow.

A real cliff hanger of a trestle, with an 800 Ft drop to valley floor.
Mind you it is a pleasant walk out to Payne Bluff where #21 & 22 were located.  :2t:





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" ACME Dynamite was not big enough to leave a hole like that "


Hi Ken  :wave:


That's good to know ...  :boogie:

... probably only woke up the neighbours in a 10 mile radius then !  :P 


Would have had to have used a TON of foam for the 'FCrater' ...

... better used as 'FRocks' I think !  :cool:


I remember 'ACME Dynamite' now ...  L:

... cos I saved the photo you Posted of the wreckage a while back ...





... I guess the roof is currently orbiting Space Junk !  :shades:


I quite fancy an EXPLOSIVES ! car for the  :moose: Rly.
Collected the oDd picture or two, but haven't got any great ideas yet.  :dope:


I was going to ask how ACME shipped the product, from their new location ...  ???

... but I guess the answer to that, is simply ... CAREFULLY !  :w:



:mex:



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Do have a folio plan for "Gunpowder" cars used on the FCA(C)&B Rly.  L:

It would be an easy conversion of a Bachmann Refrigerator car,

loose the ice hatch's, and add a railing across the top of the car,  :)  then a repaint.  L:


The new ACME plant will be hidden from view,

with just a smoke stack sticking up above the scenery, with a spur heading into it,

imagination will fill in the rest.  :bg:


I plan a similar concept for a former sawmill,

with just a string of loaded log cars,

spotted before the sawmill burned down.  :bg:


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Plaster drying.
 
Had taken a break from scenery,
to convert a Bachmann reefer to a gunpowder car.

Based on the cars for the A(C)&B Rly in Chile,
new roof of sheet metal for a different look.

Started weathering car,
still some touch spot's to blend in.

Have 3 more reefer's which are excess to my need's,
may do up a second gunpowder car and a 8 hatch top loading boxcar.

At least I only have to swap roof's for that conversion,
and add the 4 hatch's from the first conversion.


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Last of the basic scenery finished.

Time for a start on touch up, highlight's and detail on this section.  :bg:

Time to take a break and get some wiring done  :2t:  for testing.

Rock cut finally roughed in.





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Rock Cut.

Ignore smoke stack in background.





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Coming up a treat Ken.




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" Time to take a break and get some wiring done  :2t:  for testing "


Hi Ken  :wave:


Be careful ! ... The 'Kaslo & Slocan Rly.' was known for DISASTER at every turn !!  ;)


I am, slowly but surely, becoming a DEDICATED 'K.& S.Rly.' fan by the way.  :bg:


They certainly had their fair share of :

Burnt down buildings

Train  wrecks

Forest fires

Rock slides

Floods


I like the story on Wikipedia ...  :thumb:

... about the vengeful MOB ! of 'K.& S.' employees ...  :w:

... who raided their 'Canadian Pacific' rivals, brand new Depot ... & BURNT IT DOWN !  :shocked:


Wouldn't want the competition poaching any ore-trade or passengers !  :P


The 'FRocks'(TM) on your rock cut are lookin'  C :cool: :cool: L  ...

... probably slide down onto the track later & cause a FATAL DERAILMENT !  ;)



:java: :moose: :dt:



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Working on a Ian Lindsay kit for the NT Insulated Van,

been on the shelf for to many years.  :bg:

Could be a while before I can get correct coupler's though.



Si

The last 8 miles of the K&S was level, which included 20 bridges,

a lot which were side hill structures along the sides of the Mountain's,

that were prone to rock & snow slide's, much less forest fire's.  :)


I've covered on foot most of this section,

comfortable stroll along the roadbed and former bridge site's.


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Took a break from the Norquinco bridge,
and started work on El Dialbo Canyon.

The rock formation's were from Mountain's In Minutes,
I purchased from my LHS.

They are removable for scenery work on track and the river.





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I had a canyon similar to yours on my layout. 

When the layout was moved to a different location, I lost the canyon.





It was a natural magnet for leaves.


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Mother Nature weathering at it's finest,
I don't have that worry yet. 

L:

A fair bit to go yet.

Second river need's to be added in,
on the approach to the canyon from the yard.  :)

Spur will serve a small Manganese Mine operation one day.


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Hi Ken  :wave:



You inspire me to have a look at my 'Tri-ang' Girder Bridge hoard !  :shocked:


I was hanging onto them for future 'Transcontinental' HO use ...  L:

... but they could be quite funky for 1:35n2 as well.  :mex:





I have always been quite envious of the 'Tri-ang' Canadian version, in genuine rust-colour ! ...  :cool:

... mine are the British dark grey versions.  :f:



:java: :moose: :dt:



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Interesting color scheme.


The two I have are both grey in color,

along with the Triang stone arch bridge.


I have more bridge's  :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang:  then I can use,
 
short of getting rid of my wood / metal / project side of the basement,

and extending the layout, not likely to happen.


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" The two I have are both grey in color,

along with the Triang stone arch bridge "



Hi Ken  :wave:  Eh!


Well I'm totally devastated !  :sad:

I have been dreaming  :hyp:  of a rusty Canadian 'Tri-ang' Truss for years !  :time:





Grey ... Eh!  :shocked:

Just goes to show ... Don't believe everything you read !  :us:

The truth IS out there !!  :shades:



" I have more bridge's  :bang: :bang: :bang: :bang:  then I can use "


Of course, you would have to step up work  :slow:  on the FRock(TM) production-line as well !  :old dude:


Are you thinking of using the the grey stone arch 'Tri-ang' River Bridge anywhere ?  ???

I admit to having 1 of those in my HOARD as well !  :P



:cool:



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Just last night, finished up two more slab's of FRock,

need to install backing support's for mounting.


Might try to fit in the Tri-ang River Bridge in,  L:

it may workout in El Diablo Canyon,

but will need to see how the river works out first.


As the canyon is on a 90 degree bend,

placing scenery so it is acceptable to be seen from both ends,

is the challenge at the moment.

:bang:

Plus it all has to be removable, just in case.


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" Just last night, finished up two more slab's of FRock "



Hi    Ken  :wave:



I guess you won't be needing wallpaper soon !  ;)  Eh !

I hope you NEWest made FRocks are lookin' good.  [whack]



I discovered my foam stash, in a very large box upstairs ...  :shocked:

... you never know ? ... The :moose: Rly. might need a NEW FRock !  :P



:java::moose: :dt:



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West end other then ballasting completed.

Still having trouble blending East end to this portion,
getting closer though, have used (pitched) a lot of styrofoam so far.

Trying to decide on a Tunnel or Rock/Snowshed on the East approach.  L:
I have enough vertical rock formations at this time.
The K&S did have a Rock/Snowshed on the line.

If the Rly had been extended to Silverton as planned,
they may have had to build a tunnel along Denver Canyon at some point.  :)

All the scenery is still removable, 4 sections so far, 1 or 2 yet to go.

When :us: will I be satisfied :2t: with the East approach?
Stay tuned as I work on it.

Still have a pile of styrofoam, furniture foam & plaster wrap to use up or pitch yet!  L:





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" Still having trouble blending East end to this portion,
getting closer though, have used (pitched) a lot of styrofoam so far.

Trying to decide on a Tunnel or Rock/Snowshed on the East approach.  L:
I have enough vertical rock formations at this time.
The K&S did have a Rock/Snowshed on the line. "



Hi    Ken  :wave:



Rock/Snowshed ... Eh !  :P


I can't quite imagine the 'East End' ... But a Rock/Snowshed sounds  C :cool: :cool::thumb:


Good to hear your 'FRock'(TM) supply isn't running out  :)  despite pitched styro. !  :f:


:java::moose:


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Lots of  :bang:  needs to be done, to shape the contours,

for the Rock Shed to fit within reason.  L:


Do I build the shed then add the mountain ?

Or fit the shed to the mountain ?  ???


Only a bit of  :bang:  :bang:  will tell.


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" Do I build the shed then add the mountain ?

Or fit the shed to the mountain ? "



Hi    Ken  :wave:



The view through the rock cut is looking good, with the trees in the background.  :thumb:





On the shed building ... Perhaps a bit of both.  L:

You could start a real 1:48 ROCK SLIDE !  :shocked:  & see where it should go.  ;)



:java::moose: :dt:



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It worked out I built the mountain first,

weather was nice enough after I roughed in the contours,

that I could work outside to plaster it.

:glad:

Working on a set of figures (1/48th) of a miner and two pack horses to add.

My figure painting leaves a bit to be desired, so they will not be front and center. 

Maybe with practice my Chinese gold panner's will fair better. 

L:

Need to lay out shed now, making sure it will clear Rotary and 2-8-0's.


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" ... I built the mountain first ... weather was nice enough ... that I could work outside ... "


Hi    Ken  :wave:


Pleased to hear that you didn't have icebergs in your plaster !  ;)
I guess 'Titanic' could be a good name, for a 'Kaslo & Slocan Rly.' 2-8-0 !  :old dude:


I think some kind of magnifier helps, with figure painting.  L:


The miner & pack horses are sure to look great in the scene ...  :thumb:

... I can't wait to see how small they look in the mountains.


:java::moose:


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Si and his pack horses heading up to his mine :moose: :moose: :moose: on Mysterious Moose Mountain.

Si still needs a bit of paint work.





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" Si and his pack horses heading up to his mine "


Hi    Ken  :wave:


I'm honoured !  :bow:


Thanks for placing me carefully ...  :old dude:

... in the notorious 'K.& S. Rly.' ROCK SLIDE area !  :shocked:


Are me & my pack horses negotiating the rocks ...  ???

... just above the left side approach to the bridge ? 


It looks like there might be a small 'plateau' thereabouts ...

... you may have 'FRocked'(TM) that over since the earlier pic. though ?  L:



L :cool: :cool: K I N '   C :cool: :cool: L   !  


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Another photo, taken in El Diablo Canyon.

The setting worked out better for you and the horses.  :bg:


Need to get back to the Norquinco Bridge and install trackwork on the bridge deck,

using the "KISS" concept to lay the track.

Getting too :old dude: to hand lay track, with current vision problems.  :bang:


Still another Mountain to build, then tackle the rock shed.





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" ... El Diablo Canyon ... worked out better for you and the horses. "  :bg:


Hi Ken  :wave:


THANKS !  :w:

Devils Canyon  :shocked:  Eh !

Sure to be rock-slide paradise there !  ;)


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" Planning on at least to complete an operating loop by Sept,  :2t:

then I will work on a second yard, hopefully with things permitting,

will be ready for a layout tour next year.  L:


Bridge deck 95% done using the KISS concept,

just need to add NBW and weather. "



Hi Ken  :wave:


It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway ! ...  :P

... I'd love to be 1st in the line for the Grand Opening Layout Tour !  :cool:


I'm dusting off my show-shoes (& Gum Stumps) as I speak ...

... Damn passport has expired though.  :f:


I hope the last 5% of the "KISS"ing  [whack]  & "NBW"ing is going OK.  :thumb:



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The Kiss  [whack]  bridge deck worked out better then I expected,

all 36 inchs of the deck, NBW took a bit of time,

but managed to get them done with a few breaks.  [toast]


Plan to weather tomorrow to blend plastic and wood,

then add a bit of rust to rail and NBW's.

Photo to follow.

Working on a second passing track  :bang:  again with a few :java: :java: :java:

not quite lining up a smooth as I would like yet,

tomorrow is another day to give it another try.


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Hi    Ken  :wave:


I like the sound of a 'round the room circuit'.  :bg:

I kinda have always thought I may have to try it one day myself.  L:


I now have an empty (de-junkqued) garage ...  :dt:

... guaranteed to be totally teeth chatteringlly freezing cold in the winter ...  :w:

... & hotter than HELL in the summer !  :boogie:


Wasp-nests, HUGE tarantulas  :shocked:  & nosy hedgehogs looking for a Motel ...

... are a few other hazards.  ;)


Can't say I've ever seen any rock slides in there though !  :thumb:


How big is your room Ken ?  ???


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Layout? room is roughly 13 ft by 19 ft
 

Presently installing a drop down section,
at "Gosh Awful Gulch" :glad: for the third corner.


My layout is high enough I don't really need it,

but better to be safe then sorry in the long run.  L:


Short of building into the other half of my basement,

I do not have enough room for my collection of motive power and rolling stock,

that seems to keep increasing.  :us:


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" Short of building into the other half of my basement,

I do not have enough room for my collection of motive power and rolling stock,

that seems to keep increasing " :us:



Hi    Ken  :cool:


Tell me about it !  :old dude:


Do they seem to just follow you home ? ...  :sad:

... You put a saucer of warm oil down on the floor for them ...  :P

... And they end up staying ! 

:doh:

Other than 1 or 2 potentially NEW build ideas, in corners of my dusty mind ...  L:

... my 1:35n2 fleet has been given NON-EXPANSION orders !  :shocked:


That just leaves me with a moderate 'Tri-ang' Transcontinental(TM) addiction problem ...  :f:

... Oh ! ... I forgot about my teeny-weeny, very small  ;)  1:32 slot-car stash ... Eh !  :slow:


Keep working on the bridge Ken ...  :cool: :dt:

... & you can get therapy to cure your rolling-stock habit !  :w:


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The last three trips down under, have resulted in a loco purchase each time,

Of 4-4-0, Coffee Pot, NA 2-6-2T, and for my birthday a IF 2-8-0  :bang:


Could never justify having all my loco's on the layout at any one time,

or rolling stock for that matter.  :shocked:


On my last layout I could run 4 trains with 25 to 30 cars,

with no room for scenery.


Latest effort, has room for scenery, and a lot less track.  :2t:

So no long trains, other then two 12 car ore trains.


Although not sure I will have room for a mine,

likely a dead end spur leading to one.  L:


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Hi Ken,

Come down in 2022. 

You can buy some more locos.  :)  :)

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Very tempting for 2022


Short of getting a NA in Canadian Red, I had to settle for a black one.  :bg:

Need to assemble a 6 pack of WP&Y Anvil concentrate cars for it to haul.


Do have 5 items of rolling stock,

plus a New Zealand 2 dome tank car for it to haul at times. 

:2t:


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" The last three trips down under, have resulted in a loco purchase each time,

Of 4-4-0, Coffee Pot, NA 2-6-2T, and for my birthday a IF 2-8-0 "


Hi Canadian    Ken  :wave:


Seasons Greetings to all you Canadians there in Canada !  :cool:


I like the sound of your 2-6-2T on the bridge.  :thumb:

I quite fancy one of those myself.


In time ... Maybe an On30 Mogul conversion.  L:

I have been collecting some nice 2-6-2T pics.


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Hi    Ken  :wave:


Looks like I'm still tryin' to get those stubborn pack horses up to the darn mine !  :mex: :moose: :moose:





How's things down on the Norquinco River ?  ???

Or is that the Slocan gorge ?  ;)


:doh:

Si.


You might need to test those nice NEW Peruvian boxcars on the bridge ...  L:

... just to see if they work properly, 'Health & Safety' yer know !  :f:


Yer never know as well, some bystander might even have a camera & snap 'em !!  :shocked:


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I am sure that can be arranged.  :shocked:


Will put together a train of my Peruvian rolling stock,

not all of them as I have 25 ore cars.  :Crazy:


Provided I do not get too involved in a locomotive conversion,  L:

of a Bachmann OF 2-8-0, into a OF 4-6-0 for passenger service.


:glad:



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