So I've finally done it -I've started a layout. The temporary name is The Plywood Ponderosa Railway.
Its pretty much based off the Lou Sassi/Dave Volmer layouts. Scenery may be quite similar. This is an effort to get a roundy-round to run trains while giving me an opportunity to try new scenery techniques and hone old ones.
And so it began:
This may or may not affect the Sierra RR. Also the mill in Camino is the ex Michigan-California Lumber mill.
Sierra Pacific Industries to shut Camino sawmill
By Mark Glover
Published: Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2009 - 11:27 am
Citing a downturn in home construction and other factors, Sierra Pacific Industries will close its sawmill in the El Dorado County community of Camino this summer, resulting in a loss of 164 jobs.
Yesterday I headed once again into the northern Foothills in my never ending quest to document all things railroading in the area.
I had some unfinished projects you may recall from another trip (see my "Caboose Hunting In The Northern Foothills" blog entry). There were a caboose or two in question and a right of way I didn't get to explore. Now I finally got back to it.
Out of Marysville I headed through Loma Rica on my way to Challenge. I wanted to check
My Young Railfan Buddy by JCarter
Father and Son railfanning:thumbs_up:
We will soon post a progress report on our previously announced news. Stay tuned!
My friend Tharms has been out rail fanning. I think he took this photo just for my blog.
Click on above photo to see more of his work.
With the advent of shareware, and free online software packages offered by major providers such as Google, and Yahoo designing a layout has never been easier.
As an Architecture graduate from Portland State University I have had my fair share of designing and building models, now be it that they were not railroads, they were models. I have had a lot of experience and exposure to a multitude of different CAD applications. From the expensive and hard to use AutoDesk AutoCAD to the free
Just because we are on the final leg of our trip and headed home over territory that has already been covered does not mean we stop railfanning.
Leaving Mojave we headed up over Tehachapi and made a stop at Woodford. Caught a railgrinder working up the pass and a UP freight heading north.
Moving on, we decided to go all the way down to Caliente but as we stopped the car, we heard horns at Bealville. Dang, we just missed it. Oh well.
In Bakersfield we caught
too much to do, not enough time to do it.
Finally have a weekend to do absolutely nothing.
I'm sort of in a holding pattern with the layout now.. work is very slow, and switches are expensive. So financially, I think I should wait a little bit. Really wish I had bought all of the $7 switches I saw at the shop when visiting my folks. Atlas Custom Lines.. $7. Grr.
Ah well, what can I do? Nothing.
Decided to dust off my old Arnold turntable.
Updated March 7th, 2009 at 11:43 AM by Todd
Photo Contest??? <-follow the link
Updated March 9th, 2009 at 05:48 PM by Mr. Train
Our first stop in the morning was the Yuma Valley RR. Found a 44ton unit with three passenger cars. A sign stated there were no train rides and I've heard this train is no longer running.
A short distance away we found our 5th and final SP steamer on display, #2521. Another beauty! It appears she was recently moved from another location that according to my list was nearby.
We had scoped out the location of these the previous night so it was real easy to find.
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Now basic scenery is finished, only the scrap yard needs some basic.
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Lorenzo has been waiting all month to go to the Thomas show.
This weekend Thomas & Friends - A Circus Comes to Town was the hot ticket that left my little foamer utterly speechless. He was totally captivated by the colorful engines, bright lights and fast paced music.
Updated April 10th, 2009 at 04:45 AM by gregamer
Our plans for this day involved little in the way of railfanning. Just a few stops.
We first headed south from Benson about 7 miles to Kartchner Caverns and an underground tour. I had been to several caverns in the past but Jeff really hadn't so I wanted to check this one out.
The cave was unusually warm compared to the others I had been in but they explained this during the tour. I only had two complaints. 1. No cameras allowed. This about got me not to go. 2. During
Day three in Arizona was to be our most heavily scheduled railfanning plan of the trip.
The previous night in our motel room, we programmed Maggie (the GPS unit) full of all our destinations in preparation for this day. She definately has proved herself to us now.
We started out with a small 0-4-0T at the Arizona Mining Museum in an absolute downpour.
After this we headed down to Phoenix's UP yard and was able to shoot part of the stored loco line there.