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 Posted: Sun Sep 28th, 2014 08:26 pm
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Ray Dunakin
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I finally finished posting a report on my latest adventure, exploring old mines and ghost towns in Nevada and the Mojave desert:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Nevada_Trip_2014_Part_One.html

Lots of good modeling reference here, especially mines, mills, etc. Railroad-related items of interest include a cabin made from a narrow gauge box car at Buckhorn Mine, and a wooden Las Vegas & Salt Lake RR caboose at Rhyolite. I also got detailed photos of a Skagit B-20 Logging and Loading Donkey, which was being used to operate a steep aerial tram at the Gray Eagle Mine.

Sites I visited this year include:

Viking Mine, CA
Buckhorn Mine, CA
Saline Valley, CA
Gray Eagle Mine, CA
Bunker Hill Mine, CA
North Star Mines, NV
Black Hawk Mine, NV
Silver Gulch Mine, NV
Belleville, NV
Reward Mine, NV
Warner Corral, NV
Gunmetal Mine, NV
Turquoise Bonanza Mine, NV
Simon, NV
Rawhide Ranch, NV
Illinois Mill, NV
Illinois Mine, NV
Quartz Mountain and the San Rafael Mine, NV
Broken Hills Mine, NV
West Lodi Mine, NV
Victory Mine, NV
Buffalo Summit, NV
Knickerbocker, NV
Ione, NV
Pigeon Springs, NV
Sylvania Mountain Mine, NV
Log Spring, NV
Olsen's Folly, NV
Willow Spring, CA
Bonnie Claire, NV
Thorp's Well, NV
Rhyolite, NV
Death Valley Junction, CA
Danby, CA

I've also added a lot of new photos to my Modeler's Resource pages:

http://www.raydunakin.com/Site/Modelers_Resource.html

These are images of weathered wood, metal, steel drums, and much more -- all great reference for modeling and weathering.



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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2014 02:27 am
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Thanks for the new stuff Ray!



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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2014 11:21 am
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Thanks Ray

It will take a long time to study all the photos.....

Ron

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 Posted: Mon Sep 29th, 2014 02:52 pm
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WOW!


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Fascinating stuff Ray, thanks for sharing it with us. Who would have imagined mine tracks ballasted with bottle tops !

Unfortunately most historic UK mine sites were cleared away several decades ago by the "Health & Safety" Authorities as they were supposedly too dangerous to the public.


Regards. Michael

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 Posted: Fri Oct 3rd, 2014 12:25 am
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Yeah, there are some idiots here in the States who want to do the same, and some historic sites have been destroyed. Fortunately we have so many old mines, over a much larger area, and mostly in remote places, making it impractical to wipe them all out.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 4th, 2014 06:05 am
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BTW, one of the more amusing things I saw on this trip was an open-air toilet made from a small steel drum (looked like about 20 gallons), with a toilet seat bolted to it, and handles made from horseshoes:





I can't help wondering why it needed handles -- perhaps to keep the user from "blasting off"??



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 Posted: Wed Oct 8th, 2014 04:58 pm
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Perhaps they planned on staying long eneough to justify an "emptyable - reusable" bog drum - better than rolling it sideways !!. Was it full or empty ??.

So much UK mining heritage has been wilfully 'sanitised' i.e. totally removed - ACTUAL injuries & deaths due to open shafts, adits etc. have been just about zero apart from a few stupid dogs.

Regards                       Michael


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 Posted: Thu Oct 9th, 2014 09:24 pm
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thanks for sharing RAY.i subscribe,for free to legends of the west .com.basically a travel blog but these folks visit lots of ghost towns and mines etc.sometimes some pics of old abandoned locos and rolling stock,they alao have a lot of rt66 info and pics.i believe all their photos are copywritten so you would have to look them up to see them



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