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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch PART TWO
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 Posted: Wed Jun 21st, 2017 05:15 pm
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Steven B wrote: Hey Lee, this scene is really nicely balanced.  I like the store very much, it screams East Tennessee.  I have to ask, did you scratch your house or is it modified.  It too is a very nice model.  Thanks for posting!



Thanks, Steve!
Yeah, the farm house is scratch built. The gas station is a Woodland Scenics "Ethyl's" gas station with about 1/3 of it removed as a lot of it is postwar. I also removed all the signs and put up more correct stuff for the time and place.


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I agree.  Great looking scene.  Terrific photography, too.

I just got back from a trip that included west Tennessee.  
And I thought I lived out in the sticks in Shelton, WA...

Thanks, Reg!
I know the area you mention, but Stoney Creek is rural even for Tennessee.
For example, this is "downtown" Hunter, TN:





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I finished these figures yesterday, one 1940s boy scout and two GIs in their Class As and a pilot. The pilot, I really don't think works on a stateside RR in the South during the summertime, but I have to remind myself that plenty of non-Air Corps people in the Army wore A-2 jackets anyway. I think I'll keep him on the pilot (pun intended) of my Whitcomb for now...
The painting was done with the smallest brushes I could find but I might go back and re-try to the SGT stripes on the two eventually.





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Nice job on the figure painting. The pilot "on the pilot" of the dismal is a hoot!

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Hi Lee, I don't know if you were aware by the ETSU has the Carter Museum on campus and an HOn3 layout of the Tweetsie. We haven't had a chance to go yet, but one of the guys forwarded this link to me. We are hoping to go some time in the near future as a little field trip. - Steve

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Oh my. That is a lot smaller than Bolivar, which even has a statue of Simon Bolivar.
We didn't stay in Bolivar.  Almost every local hotel/motel review I read included observations/complaints about the homeless relatives of the manager living in one (or more) of the rooms.  
We stayed in Brentwood, close to Nashville.  Brentwood is a very pleasant location.
Of course, we had to pass Bucksnort on our way to Bolivar.  I suppose I should have stopped, but we were short on time.
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Steven B wrote: Hi Lee, I don't know if you were aware by the ETSU has the Carter Museum on campus and an HOn3 layout of the Tweetsie. We haven't had a chance to go yet, but one of the guys forwarded this link to me. We are hoping to go some time in the near future as a little field trip. - Steve



Reg H wrote: Oh my. That is a lot smaller than Bolivar, which even has a statue of Simon Bolivar.
We didn't stay in Bolivar.  Almost every local hotel/motel review I read included observations/complaints about the homeless relatives of the manager living in one (or more) of the rooms.  
We stayed in Brentwood, close to Nashville.  Brentwood is a very pleasant location.
Of course, we had to pass Bucksnort on our way to Bolivar.  I suppose I should have stopped, but we were short on time.

Small towns can give you the coolest stories when you travel. My wife and I did a cross-country road trip from my childhood home in Tallahassee, Florida, back to our place )(returning the rental car at SeaTac the day after we got home). We put over 5000 miles on that rental SUV. The neatest stuff we saw was out-of-the-way stuff in small communities along the way.



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Lee:
Yep.  On our way west from Virginia we were in Strasburg country but didn't feel we had the time to stop (It was neither a train vacation or aviation vacation...strictly a history vacation) but almost went whipping by the National Toy Train Museum.  

It is easy to miss, as it is not on a main highway, nor actually on the secondary highway that goes through Strasburg.  Just a little road side sign. Almost missed it.
We spent a bit more than an hour there.  It was a great stop.
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No offense Reg, but I'd have hit the RR Museum of Pennsylvania and bagged on the toy train museum there (I've been to Strasburg plenty of times over the years and have never hit the toy train museum there). The PA RR museum is very impressive.
It's a shame you couldn't catch any trains from the Strasburg running at the time!



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Lee:
Oh, I agree.  But we were on a time schedule I would have wanted to spend at least a day. That would have meant taking out one of Philadelphia, Gettysburg or Montecello.  Like I said, this one was a history tour.   

We drove right by Strasburg.  Practically killed me.

Perhaps one day I can make an east coast railroad tour.  Or combined aviation/railroad tour.  I would like to do the Pennsylvania RR museum, the Strasburg and the Tweetsie.

Add other areas to that list, and I would like to hit the Colorado narrow gauge scene and the Nevada Northern.
 



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I've been lucky. Over the years (I'm not even 50 years old yet), I've been to several countries and all 50 states. I've managed to visit every single narrow gauge railroad in the US that has existed in my lifetime (including Alaska and Hawaii) with only 3 exceptions. Ironically, one is the Sumpter Valley, in Oregon (just a few hours from here, but not on the way to anywhere). I've also hit every major RR museum in the nation, with less than 3-4 exceptions (including Nevada Northern).
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Perhaps one day I can make an east coast railroad tour.  Or combined aviation/railroad tour.  I would like to do the Pennsylvania RR museum, the Strasburg and the Tweetsie. Yeah, the problem there is that all that stuff is very far apart. Just getting from Steamtown to Strasburg, both in the same state, would take an entire day on the road and you wouldn't have hardly any time to see anything at either. Then there's the dormant East Broad Top, in yet another corner of the state. No way could you even lay eyes on all three in a single day, let along experience them fully.
Tweetsie is near Boone, NC and that's not on the way to anywhere.



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