The mark of truly great model train layout is the detail. If you can get the visitor to say to his/her partner, “Did you see that?” then you know that you are on the track. Detailing takes LOT of patience, time and most important a vision of what the final diorame might look like. We … Continue reading
Basil is a retired scenic painter for the movies. Basil has had no trouble diving into layout, hill and rock painting – a subject that many model railroad builders are hesitant to try, so he’s offering these tips for taking up a brush. If you don’t like what you did – no problem you can … Continue reading
It takes a lot of effort to have the layout operate flawlessly four hours a day. seven days a week, two hundred and eighty days a year. In this picture you can see several projects going on at the same time. Frank Davis is on the floor working on wiring. The sea wall, as you … Continue reading
When you enter the western door to our layout you are confronted by a MOW (Maintenance of Way) consist inhabited by thirty plus noisy Minions located at the foot of Toenail Ridge. The Minions and the Logging Camp didn’t get built till 2012. Here are three pics I found of Toenail Ridge whilst it was … Continue reading
Club member Mike Aplet was the man who had the vision and the skills to build the cliffs of our diorama of Point Cabrillo. He envisaged using Colin Davies prototypically accurate model of Point Cabrillo lighthouse atop the cliffs of the Point with the wreck of the Frolic on her side in the waters below. … Continue reading
Club member Mike Aplet built this “mini” trestle. It has been worked into the west side wall hillside to extend the Toenail Ridge line. The “test” engine is an 0-4-0 LGB which frequently works the Toenail Ridge line.
In the middle of the pic below you can see a small house and to its left the outline of a tunnel portal: The homestead is sitting on a platform. This platform is strong enough to be stood upon so that we can reach the top of the ridge. The platform was the last piece … Continue reading
Work on Three chop Ridge continues apace as these recent pics from Mike Aplet show. Why is it named “Three Chop Ridge”? Because, it was an archaeological dig on Three Chop Ridge of a Pomo Indian village that, ultimately, led to the discovery of the wreck of the Frolic which in turn led to the opening … Continue reading
Club member Mike Aplet sent these four pics after a recent work session. You can see the shape of the ridge taking place as the forms are put in place. The loco and the log car in the pics is being used to ensure there is adequate clearance between the track and the scenery.
These two pics show President Chuck Whitlock applying cement the consistency of plasticine over the steel mesh which covers the forms. The support for the entire layout is very strong – you can walk anywhere on it. Chuck is standing on the two main lines.