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 Posted: Mon Nov 13th, 2017 08:58 pm
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Kevin Fall

 

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Greetings from Moodus, CT (home of eastern micro earthquakes)
I know, where the heck is Moodus anyway? Moodus is short for the Native American word "machimoodus" which means "the place of bad noises". Not to worry because we are 3 miles from the fault line and the last major earthquake was on May 16, 1791! I hope we are not overdue. Although, we did have a small one in 2015 a half mile away but we slept through it.

Having viewed this forum for several years I bravely decided to add my name to those on the other side of the tracks. I am modeling a freelanced C&S /Gilpin in the year 1918 which allows me to model one of my favorite stamp mill scenes, the Iron City/Penn (Rose-City Ore Company) mill in Black Hawk and some mines in the Clear Creek area. Though freelanced, I am trying to use mostly C&S buildings and bridges to get the general feeling of the area. I have built a cardboard mockup of the mill as it appeared in 1918 which comes out roughly to 3 feet in HO scale (yikes!). I imagine the ore cars will be pulled by horses at this point or the Fordson used by the mill. Rail will be code 55 on handlaid ties for the C&S with Gilpin mill trackage code 40. I am only at the beginning stages: benchwork done, backdrop painted just blue so far, and all ties have been laid but only a short section of rail (This winter's project). The 13 x 21 layout is in the basement and some scenery has been started with foam board and sculptamold.
I have been following Keith's forum on the Gilpin and since he is getting close to my mill I figured now was the best to join. I partially started and stopped two layouts in my younger years but family life kind of took over. Now I finally have some spare time to really do something. Pressure, pressure! And yes, I am hoping to prove to everyone that HOn3 C&S engines can really run! Anyway, thanks for letting me join.
Kevin

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