View single post by jtrain
 Posted: Mon Oct 10th, 2016 08:11 am
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Location: Missoula, Montana USA
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If you want to know how big these pit mines are, here's a photo of one in the Great Lakes region of the country from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission:

And if you ignore the environmental/political stuff, the PDF probably has some info that might be helpful for your questions:

That mine is probably about a mile across and easily 800 feet deep.  In O scale that would be 110 feet wide and 16 feet deep!  I don't know about you, but I think I'd rather build model buildings than dig a 16 foot hole in my backyard, but that's just my opinion.  No doubt it would be cool if you did a pit mine though, I just don't think most people would be willing to sacrifice that kind of space, even in the backyard.


James W.

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