Waste not, want not. After we had rebuilt the Holiday Season diorama we were left with a very usable base. Frank Davis said it would be ideal for a Lionel O Scale “Bump and Go” trolley. Brilliant what?
Frank Davis laying and testing the track
Scenery? No prob. Dame Stella Martin had let us have a whole bunch of houses. They are not quite O Scale but ……. from three feet who can tell?
Mendo Trolley scenicked
Different view …..
View from the north end
Still a bit bare – add lots of trees.
Johnny Appleseed at work
Lots of work to get it finished – take out the snow as much as poss, add more trees, add an enginehouse and improve the wiring circuitry to name a few. Watch this space!
After we had installed a 200 scale foot (seven foot in real life) on the inside north wall of the layout we stood back and admired our genius.
After the installation of the 200 (scale) foot tree
We were trying to TOTALLY obscure the pillar which supports the roof. 100% failure. You can still see the pillar behind the lolie and the small tree.
The new 200 (scale) footer to the left and the gap at the bottom of the pillar
Back to the tree factory. President Chuck Whitlock scrambled up and “planted” four new trees.
New trees installed and the pillar hidden
Look at that. Pillar obscured and room for the new logging trucks Chuck is working on.
The Homestead Diorama sits at the bottom of Three Chop Ridge in the north-west corner of our layout. The original diorama was deemed inferior and Chuck Whitlock set to and rebuilt it. These photos were all taken either in the workshop or just outside it.
The outdoor biffy
The Skunk Train whistle stop
The Swing and Veggie Garden
Great detail work Chuck.
Our pres(ident) is a stone bonkers genius at taking “mundane” railroad items and arranging them into abfab pieces. Here’s an example – a common or garden flat car with a MOW on top.
Here’s the flat car:
G Scale flat car gussied up to make it look used
All the action is taking place on Chuck Whitlock’s workbench in our Workshop (a converted 20 foot container).
MOW placed on top of the flat car
Here you can see the details that Chuck has added to the wee truck attched by a link and pin to the workers car:
Detail on tool car
Chains have been added to keep the MOW on the flat car
Ready to go out on the layout:
Mini diorama ready to rock and roll
Great work Chuck!
From the pictures we have Federal Trucks were widely used in logging operations “back then.” They were built tough and simple. Chain driven with solid tyres.
Our club bought a whole bunch of them to “decorate” the layout. Just like our rolling stock what it looks like when it “hits” the layout is a far cry from what it looks like when it arrives. In these three pictures you can see how Chuck Whitlock has converted the truck to carry a VERY large log.
Kitbashing under way
Out of the box on the right and kitbashed on the left
Here you can see how the truck has been extended so that it can handle giant logs
For the past year we have been creating scenery around the outside of the Barn. The Barn has a huge roof and as a result when it rains it’s like Niagara Falls on the scenery below. Hopefully, as of today, the downpour onto the scenery will cease – gutters have been installed. Club member Lonnie Dickson who was the superintendent of works for the project took these photos of the installation:
The gutter installation crew next removed the remnants of the old sign advertising our presence. Then came the placement of the new sign that tells people on the CWR side of the tracks where we live. The letters of the sign and logos were produced by our maestro of CAD Joe Cooper. Painting of the letters and backdrop was the responsibility of Slosher #1 (me). Lonnie affixed the letters to the backdrop with stainless steel screws acquired by our electrical guru Jim Williams.
Right side of sign being put in place
Left hand side of the sign being placed
Great team work guys.
Let it rain!!!!!!!!!
The forest being “planted” on the outside of the north wall recently took a step backwards when one of the biggest “redwoods” went allez oops. Our system for securing the big trees is under review and the 200 footer will soon be replanted. In the mean time I have planted a whole bunch of smaller redwoods along and on the fence created by club member Joe Green. Thickening the “forest” creates a neat visual effect as these two pics show.
Outside North Wall – forest thickened to the right
This pic shows how the forest darkens the diorama – look through the portal and you will see that it’s actually a nice day
Before Basil Casabona really got going on Sheds #1 and #2 of the Roundhouse President Chuck Whitlock had spent time installing doors on the front and back of Shed #1. The screws that go in the miniature hinges are a real pain just ask him.
Chuck working on the front doors
New doors being added to Shed #1 of the Roundhouse
The doors at the back of the left and right bays of Shed #1 of the Roundhouse are in place
Jeff Pratt was a member of the club who has passed on. He was a superb model maker – he built the replica of the existing Fort Bragg Skunk Train Depot which can be found on the on the east inside wall of the Barn. We try to incorporate into the layout (the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Navigation Co.) a small tribute to past members. Hence Pratt Station:
The station is located opposite a MOW (Maintenance of Way) camp.
MOW camp replete with crosswalk
And guess what? Yup. A MOW consist!
MOW consist passing by Pratt Station
And for thirsty locos ……
Water tank and windmill pump to fill it
Basil Casabona keeps plugging away at finishing Shed #1 of the Club’s Roundhouse. Here you can see he has installed the windows on the west side of the Shed. Tough work ahead though – upper level windows at the front (tricky) and two lots of doors (very tricky).
Shed #1 west side windows