Yep, beautiful stuff. That railcar is described here on FR and was a feature in Garden RR magazine a few months back. Ray's layout looks real and of course it IS real! Outstanding work and beautiful photography. Our thanks to you Ray for posting the great pix.
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Si. wrote: What did you use for the corrugated-iron on the mill Ray ?
I used .001" brass shim stock, which I cut into strips and then corrugated by embossing it against a piece of corrugated plastic that I had picked up online somewhere.
The corrugated strips were then glued to the structure, sprayed with a self-etching primer, and then sprayed with Rustoleum's "Cold Galvanizing Compound" for an authentic zinc finish. Then I weathered it slightly with latex paints.
I had a little time today to put up a few more pics...
Here's the ore bin at the Princess Shilo Mine:
A freight train pulled by a steam locomotive passes through the town of Dos Manos:
Here's a close up view of structures at the Cliffside Mine. On the left is the powder magazine, where explosives are kept. On the right is the wooden ore bin:
An old stone cabin at the ruins of the Monolith Mine:
And here's the interior of the cabin. A 55-gallon drum has been turned into a crude wood-burning stove:
Also, yesterday we finally replaced our flimsy, canvas-topped gazebo with a new, all-metal one. Made by Hampton Bay, it's attractive and very sturdy! I had to replace the canvas on the old one every two years, at least. This one should last a good long time:
Here are a couple new pics. In this first shot, a train is seen from below as it crosses the big trestle over Serenity Canyon:
Here's a shot from late in the day as a freight train crosses a stone arch bridge at the west end of the line. Above it is the Princess Shilo Mine. The Cliffside Mine can be seen in the distance at the top: