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 Posted: Mon Jul 13th, 2020 11:04 pm
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Not long ago, I stumbled across this video:

https://youtu.be/ChCa5lR4p4A

Such an amazing concept for a layout!
If I didn't model the ET&WNC in On30 and I'd seen this before I started my own layout,
I'd have given a version of this serious thought taking place a few days after the June 1944 landings.
There'd be blown up stuff everywhere, and GI railroaders running trains around,
as well as in and out of a LST (tank landing ship) as they did in real life.

Even crashed airplanes all around, as lots of stuff is made for WW2 in 1/48 scale...




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It certainly is tempting.

Plenty of models and accessories available in 1/48 scale as well as 1/35 scale.




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Michael M wrote:
It certainly is tempting.

Plenty of models and accessories available in 1/48 scale as well as 1/35 scale.
 


Wow, I didn't even think of 1/35 scale.

If you did that, you'd have EVERYTHING you wanted...




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In the 1860s there was a Camp Independence in Owens Valley,
and later became a fort, to deal with native uprisings.

I could certainly incorporate a spur or two on a planned extension,
that would service an army post.


On a previous HO layout,
I did include an army post that was serviced by my railroad.
 
This allowed a variety of freight cars to be delivered to the post,
along with the occasional troop train. 

On the weekend the railroad provided a shuttle to town,
for those soldiers lucky enough to get a weekend pass.




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That is very, very cool. 
Was there really a railroad aspect to the Normandy fortifications? 
That would be very interesting. 
Especially if the US Army was in there early repairing and operating.  

Michael, if you're the NYE, Inyo and Esmeralda...
There was an airbase for training bomber pilots during the war,
on the eastern side of the hills from Tonopah as well. 
This was what kept the Tonopah Railroad running until the end of the war. 
They had a US Army Transportation Corps diesel loco,
that they used to haul AvGas down from the SP at Mina. 
There is (was) still a hangar out there ten years ago. 

And don't forget the Test Range, which I believe is in Esmeralda, not Clark...
Not sure though without a map.




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I've actually stood on the Atlantic Wall in France,
but it's all decaying/pockmarked concrete now.

The layout in the video is easy to imagine, though.
They did have underground railroads in fixed fortifications,
as well as for large fixed artillery pieces.

There's lots of military operations one can run on a layout.
I did an article about just that subject for the 2020 On30 Annual,
as I run a small US Army RR Operating units on my own layout...




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Lee B wrote:
I've actually stood on the Atlantic Wall in France,
but it's all decaying/pockmarked concrete now.


There may have been construction RRs of the most basic design,
temporary track that may have been shifted according to progress in the respective project. 

What may have been left behind would have seen a second life in local quarries and factories.

Think I have seen postwar pictures of n.g. track in the demolished remains of V-2 launching sites.




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Steve,

Thanks for the info.  That would be the Tonopah & Goldfield that lasted until 1947, and serviced the Tonopah Army Air Field.

There is the Nellis Air Force Range, and over in California there is China Lake and Fort Irwin.

I hoping to get out there to Beatty, Goldfield, and Tonopah in the near future.  Will need to do some exploring.



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