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.
The Virgin Creek Trestle was the second of the five Trestles on the Ten Mile Branch which were needed to get Union Lumber Company’s (ULC) trains from the mill opposite downtown to the Ten Mile River basin. We have only one photo of the real Virgin Creek Trestle – this one: This picture was taken after a severe … Continue reading
Our layout is within half a mile of the Pacific Ocean. Between us and the sea is empty land once the site of the largest mill in Mendocino County – the Union Lumber Company. As they say, we are exposed to the elements. Our initial efforts to build hillsides used paper, cardboard, chicken wire and … Continue reading
The President of our model train club, Chuck Whitlock, is a real dab hand at taking a toy and turning it into a model. These pics show how Chuck transformed a flat car into a highly detailed, realistic MOW car. Great work Chuck.
Using material salvaged from Club Member Dan Fesslers defunct garden railroad, mistints acquired at modest cost from Norvells – our local paint store and the artistic skills of Club Member Ginny Cooper the first of three layers of the backdrop for the scene to be on the north wall of the building that houses our … Continue reading