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 Posted: Sat Nov 2nd, 2019 08:16 pm
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Thanks Tom and your layout's really taking shape and developing atmosphere as the greenery goes down.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 02:15 am
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slateworks wrote:
Thanks Tom and your layout's really taking shape and developing atmosphere as the greenery goes down.


Thanks Doug.

I appreciate the words of encouragement.

Just spent a few enjoyable hours staining the rocks of the hills/hillocks on the layout.

Pictures coming in a bit.  

Tom

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Juice for Linville.

While not as glamorous as the number two spot working its way to the Linville interchange with a load of logs,
electrical wiring is extremely important on a model railroad.





With a foam sub roadbed on a shelf,
there is very little depth to hide the jungle of wires so common in Model Rail Roads.

The side profile is quite thin, at best 2 inches.





Working with the foam means the lightweight mountains, hillocks and hills can easily be removed.










The whole layout can then be turned up on its side to do the dirty, non glamorous work of electrical wiring.





The inexpensive “router” attachment for the hard working Dremel tool is used to cut grooves in the underside to a depth of a 1/2”.










Next the wiring is pushed in to the groove and secured using dabs of hot glue.

“Suit case” connectors make easy work of splicing in to the wires in the grooves.





After labelling the connectors that will go to the electronics box below the shelving,
the layout is brought back to place on the wire shelving, and it is on to the more glamorous work,
of building the Linville LDE for the On30 East Tennessee and Western RR.










Thanks for looking.

Hope this mini tutorial wasn’t too boring.


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Love your scenery work.

It just needs a lot of trees!





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Lee B wrote:
Love your scenery work.

It just needs a lot of trees!


Thanks Lee!

Trees are coming after the roadbed is sanded,
further groundcover is applied,
On30 track is laid,
track is wired,
track is painted and ballasted,
structures are erected,
and then it is time for many trees.

And then it is time to move onto the next LDE module,
Linville river and bridge.

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Tom,

I really like your removable mountains.
What a great idea!

The layout is looking really good.
I especially like your rock/greenery blending.
Very realistic.

Keep sharing.

Tom


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Tom Harbin wrote:
I really like your removable mountains.
What a great idea!


Thanks Tom.

I wanted to make the mountains removable,
both to lay track and do wiring on the underside of the layout.

I am trying to take advantage of all the good working properties of blue Styrofoam.

I am a couple weeks away from laying track,
and hope to have trains running before Christmas.

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My recent work on the ET&WNC On30 layout reminded me of modern day“ rails to trails" programs.

As I placed the roadbed and the first layers of scenery……….










….. the result reminded me of this picture of the" Tweetsie Trail" near Johnson City Tennessee.





The Tweetsie Trail is the actual old roadbed of the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

My On30 trail walkers were in for quite a fright,
when they stumbled into a large hairy humanoid from the Northwest country side,
who was obviously quite lost in the Blue Ridge.















Thanks for following along.

Doc Tom


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Funny thing about the Bigfoot.

My Mom and Dad were born and raised in NE Tennessee,
and they both said the stories they heard to scare people were never monster-related,
and there was NO bigfoot type 'critter' legend in that region.

All such scary stories were haunting-related.

"Haints," the people up in the 'hollers' called them.
That is what scared people on lonely nights up in the hills.
Not some tall hairy monster.




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 Posted: Sat Nov 23rd, 2019 01:57 am
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Lee B wrote:
Funny thing about the Bigfoot.


Hi Lee,

Agree, my Big Foot is way out of place geogrphically.  But he's photogenic.  :2t:

When I was a young family doctor working in the mountains of East Tennesse,
people would call me in the middle of the night to report "haint" sightings in their homes.

They would ask me as a "learned man" if these really existed.

Who was I to disagree on a moonless night up in the "hollers",
with the wind howling coming down off the mountain.

I really liked your Halloween Haints you posted a while back.
Very believable.

Doc Tom


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