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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 02:36 pm
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Larry G
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The plastic plumbing parts come in 2 3/4" OD and 4" OD.
 
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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 02:52 pm
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Can't imagine where you have found the room to build all the new additions. 
Really impressive work though. 

The Kevin Shaft Mine is looking awesome. 
Can't wait to see it in final form. 

If you add much more we will have to increase the capacity of your batteries,
to get from one end to the other.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 21st, 2020 08:36 pm
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This is the simple track layout at the Bradly Shaft of the T. Gant Mining Co.

Just three turnouts and a reversing loop.
 


 

Early mock-up of the mine structures.  
 




Something didn't look just right.

So, I lowered the roof at the front half of the building on stilts.
This added more interest, I think.

Also, I shortened the stilts to give the building a more hunkered down look.
 


 

Still looking a bit plain.
The mine complex needed a more busy/complicated look.

Adding this open frame roof to the coal unloading area did the trick.

Needed to fill in a couple of window openings covered by the new roof.
Easy to do when working with foam core.
 


 

Add the various siding materials and the buildings are finished. 
 


 

This project took several months from bare board to finished mine scene.
 


 

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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 02:29 pm
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The Big Stone Mountain Lodge has a cave on its property.
Tours are given every Tuesday afternoon.

Even though the cave is next to the Lodge,
the trail down to the cave is rather long and narrow.

This first shot shows the walkway down to the trail head.
 


 

As we turn the corner, the trail becomes a narrow sand pathway,
sandwiched between the back wall of a building and a small stream.
 


 

Farther along, we encounter a makeshift bridge.
 


 

Next, we must negotiate a tight space among rock formations.
 


 

Emerging out the far end.
 


 

We finally reach the cave entrance.
 




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 Posted: Thu Jul 23rd, 2020 02:31 pm
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The narrow walkway between the rock formations, seen above,
was inspired by a similar trail at Sylvan Lake, high in the Black Hills.
 
The woman you see, is my lovely wife, Susie.

 



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That cave is a nice detail Larry.

It looks like your layout is fun to operate.

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 Posted: Sat Jul 25th, 2020 08:14 pm
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Yes indeed,
my layout is fun to operate.

Thanks to Bob R, I have battery powered radio control (BPRC) installed in four of my locos.
No dirty track to worry about. Reversing loops and turntables, not a wiring problem either.

On large layouts I highly recommend BPRC.
Actually, I think just about any size layout would be more fun with BPRC locos.

Also, including such things as the cave, dam and Big Stone Mountain Lodge,
makes a layout more fun to look at too.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 02:00 pm
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I'm trying for the general atmosphere of the Black Hills.

To do justice to the Black Hills rock outcroppings would take far more patience and talent than I have.
Compared to the real thing, my rock outcroppings are way too smooth.

These photos, show how rugged the prototype formations actually are.  

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 Posted: Fri Jul 31st, 2020 02:05 pm
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This tunnel traps an unwary motorist pulling a large camper or driving a motor home every so often.
They miss the big yellow sign down in the valley warning about this low, narrow, one lane tunnel.

After negotiating several hairpin curves and steep grades, they come to the tunnel.
No place to turn around, they are trapped.

It becomes very expensive and time consuming to get the needed equipment and personal to turn their big rigs around. 
Even turning an average size auto around would be problematic. 

LG
 
 



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I posted this in the past,
but thought it could be helpful to post it again. 

Part of my table work was looking awkward,
as it protruded into the Kurtis Mine scene.

My solution,
cover over the offending framework with a block wall.   

LG
 




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