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East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR, Stoney Creek Branch PART TWO
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 Posted: Fri Sep 30th, 2016 01:07 pm
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Things are looking good Lee, especially for the short amount of time that you have been working on the RR.

Might I suggest that the area around the turntable is too ''nice''?

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 Posted: Fri Sep 30th, 2016 07:34 pm
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Herb Kephart wrote:
Might I suggest that the area around the turntable is too ''nice''
Okay, so what'd be not 'nice'? I can't have a lot of scrap lying around as in the WW2 era, you wouldn't see that. You mean more weathering on the pit?

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Howdy Lee, your layout is really looking fine! The mountains are similar to what I have except that I need to invest more in masonite for more of them. The Tweetsie is another of my favorite narrow gauge lines.
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 Posted: Sat Oct 1st, 2016 12:32 am
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W C Greene wrote:
Howdy Lee, your layout is really looking fine! The mountains are similar to what I have except that I need to invest more in masonite for more of them. The Tweetsie is another of my favorite narrow gauge lines.
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Funny, you don't see the name, "Tweetsie" nearly so much from the locals up there until the end of the 3-footer era. My parents both grew up right in that area, and saw the standard-gauge ET&WNC 2-8-0s plenty of times.
As for the backdrops, I used 1/4" MDF which doesn't need the reinforcement that Masonite does. I had all those cut out for mountain profiles in Masonite and I realized they wouldn't stand up on their own over time. So I threw all that out and re-cut everything as MDF. It stands up well on it's own, takes paint well and made for some sturdy backdrops. I got the idea on another (very large) local On30 layout, but he used particle board at least 1/2" thick.



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Lee--I didn't necessarily mean scrap--you are perfectly correct about scrap ''disappearing'' during that era. What I meant was cinders, mud puddles, weeds--that sort of stuff, not nicely trimmed grass when labor  was tight due to the draft.

But then, as Woodie says---It's YOUR railroad.

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Herb Kephart wrote:
Lee--I didn't necessarily mean scrap--you are perfectly correct about scrap ''disappearing'' during that era. What I meant was cinders, mud puddles, weeds--that sort of stuff, not nicely trimmed grass when laborĀ  was tight due to the draft.

But then, as Woodie says---It's YOUR railroad.

I had such a horrible time trying to put static grass in place, I gave up with it. But more bushes and such are still coming into many places on the layout. I have a can of cinders and am placing it onto the layout now (note the photo of the white weathered building, there's a huge pile along the right of way). But yeah, puddles and such are needed. I have some clear resin for that and it's coming soon. I'm tempted to put grass into the area of the pit of the turntable there as many turntables had them.
These puts, though, represent newly-placed ones from just a few years previously.



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At a model train this past weekend, I found this small (4" diameter) number plate. Yesterday, I screwed it onto the fascia of the layout. I think it looks really good where it is, as opposed to putting it on the wall, given its size.
While the back of the plate mentions the Virginia & Truckee, it's a good replica of the plate for ET&WNC # 11, which was the favorite locomotive of the crews for that railroad and is represented on the layout.

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The layout is looking great, Lee.

I had ambitions of catching up with you in terms of getting some scenic materials spread around and getting the turntable at Henderson completed.

But life intervened and my layout stands as it did in June.

Such is life.

With the settling in of the PNW winter (gray and rain), I have hopes of getting more work done on the layout.

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