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 Posted: Wed Oct 25th, 2017 05:21 am
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W C Greene
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Well, here I go once more...building (or rather re-building and changing) a new layout. I finally got moved to "the boonies" where life is slower which befits my inherent slowness anyway. Now, I have a 2 car garage (will never be used to house gas guzzlers) which has become my "train domain" and where I have been spending valuable TV watching time (I have a TV out there too). The almost "finished" SCPA&M RR has been taken apart and the sections have been set up similar to the layout I had in the living room but what once fit with one piece now connects with a different piece (or pieces). A track plan will be posted soon as well as "in progress"

After deciding to "come back" to Texas and modeling a railroad that my friend James Sullivan wanted to create (James is now into HO diesels and English steam, what a combination!), I present the theme of the new layout.
Yes, the same old SCPA&M lokies, rolling stock, track layout (well, the enginehouse and yards) and some of the structures will be reused, re-purposed, and generally left alone.
http://freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=6332&forum_id=17
Here's a link to Silver City Narrow Gauge layout that I was building, it may be helpful to see where this all started.
Why Big Bend (a wild and wooly area that runs along the Rio Grande River which is the boundary between the US and Mexico)...well, just because I want to model it!. Future posts will reveal my fascination with this place.
I actually wanted to build a layout in the Bend when I built the old Mogollon Railway but was "hooked" on the area of New Mexico where the old town is located. More on this later on also. Much to do and relate but as for now, I am back home in Texas, railroad-wise.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 25th, 2017 03:23 pm
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I have never been to the Big Bend area of Texas so am looking forward to watching your new build. Other than the Rio Grande river, is this a dryish location like the others you have modeled? Larry Gant

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" The almost "finished" SCPA&M RR has been taken apart and the sections have been set up similar to the layout I had in the living room
but what once fit with one piece now connects with a different piece (or pieces).
A track plan will be posted soon "



Howdy Woodie :cb:



Your new double-garage sounds like a pretty cool hangout ! :cool:

I hope the SCPA&M RR sections from 'Dullass' had a comfortable trip to Royse City ! :)



I suspect you might just be finding a place for your old trestle to the smelter there somewhere. ?

We'll see ! :bg:



Don't rush the trackplan Woodie  .  .  .  :mex:

You know it's best to draw those AFTER the layout has been built !! :shocked: ;)



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 Posted: Wed Oct 25th, 2017 05:29 pm
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I glad to hear your getting settled in. I would like to come visit and drink a Shiner or 12 sometime now that your not in the metro mess. I try like hell not to go to Dullass. I prefer out in the sticks myself. 
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Smart move Woodie-- the railroad can haul material for the GREAT WALL!
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As old Bob would say-"come on down (or up)" I was in hell (Dullass) today and it sucks as bad as ever!

To the BIG BEND, of course there were no railroads there except for some mine trams and a cool aerial tramway over to Boquillas in Mehico. Therefore, I figger that my track plan and general idea will become "the prototype". I will go back to my roots of making a layout that is pure fiction, I found (well, I already knew) that following a prototype can become a real hassle unless you are prepared to surrender your vision. Many can do that but I ain't one.
Who's to say that the guys who built the SCPA&M didn't look further south after the New Mexico 2 footer closed up in 1907? It was done many times when mines played out and others looked promising. The Big Bend area had been mined for centuries before railroads were around and there are still some old prospector types in them hills today. Gold, silver, mercury, and some others are found in "the Bend" and one other commodity which is/was profitable-the processing of candelaria plants into wax which was used for lubricants,
polish, and, yes, candles. Matter of fact, the snooty "new age" types still love the candles made from the plant to add "atmosphere" to their million dollar homes.

Matter of fact, here's a photo of a real wax factory taken in about 1918. Imagine what a cool model that would be! I may in fact build something like this for the layout. The metals smelter is way too large for a proper operation in 1:35 but this could be modeled.
The little book BIG BEND: A history of the last Texas frontier  by Ronnie Tyler (shown in the first post) is a National Park handbook and most of the photos shown (like this one) are not credited and are "public domain". There are more photos...many more...which will be shown later on.
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjO7cr-i43XAhUpxoMKHWSiDIwQFghIMAI&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FBig_Bend_National_Park&usg=AOvVaw29-RNh2_ZeVaE-XRok1GCi
Here is a link from Wikipedia which has some neat info about the area.
More stuff and some actual modeling coming up soon.



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Sounds like a fun project-I will be a-watching



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Woodie,


It will be fun to follow your progress with the new layout!  Looking forward to you upcoming posts.


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Certainly a different and unusual mining operation, looks like a number of ATLAS HO water tanks could be used for the open topped tanks.

Looking forward to your new layout.



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"IT DOESN"T MATTER IF YOU WIN OR LOSE, IT"S HOW YOU RIG THE GAME"

I have thought that this is one of the better "tag lines" ever since Woodie started using it. Just to prove that the man "practices what he preaches", I dug this up from the past--






Woodie (white hair, seated) has just been passed a couple aces by Jesus (waiter, walking away)


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