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  1. #21
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    Great to see there's some further progress!

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    New construction updates for the RGW

    Sorry it's been awhile since I posted on TB. The RGW website has two new updates and numerous prototype section additions, with more pictures to come (pending museum approval). The March update brings us to the NE corner of the building and gets our trackwork moving from staging to level one. The April update is more of the same, as subroadbed starts to head toward level two and the staging yard trackwork really takes shape. The pics below are samples of each update from the website. Michael
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails NEblobph2-002-1.jpg   static tracks 03.jpg   molzahn bridge 08-0301.jpg  

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    Talking

    Wow. That's quite a bridge!

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    Thanks Ken, a very close friend of mine Dick Molzahn, personally built it for the RGW. Dick is an extraordinary modeler, but has run into health issues that will not permit him to continue in the hobby. We are all saddened by this occurrence. His bridge will be the centerpiece of my railroad. For all he has done to assist me in the hobby, it's one small way I can give back; by celebrating him with this wonderful piece. Michael

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    That's quite a nice gesture in tribute of a friend.

    Keep the updates coming!

    BTW- I am hoping to be passing through your vicinity in coming weeks. Can you tell me if the depot/museum in Black Diamond is still easily photographed? I'm hoping to swing by quickly, and grab a couple of pix. Unless the view is now blocked by plants or? I have a slide or two of it from years ago. But want to also get some digitally.

    Thanks-

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    Black Diamond Depot and Museum

    Ken, it sure is, here are a couple of pics for reference taken a year ago February. If you're headed this way, would love to have you stop by and visit the RGW. Just PM me when you have an itinerary. MRH
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails feb182007-053.jpg   feb182007-054.jpg  

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    Mike-

    Yup. That's the museum I remember!

    Thanks for your kind invitation. Not sure of my schedule to travel as yet. So have no itinerary to present. Many ideas of what I wish to attempt. And how much ability to accomplish in time available? Argh! Might need a few 25 hour days. Ha ha!

    :tb-biggrin:

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    May Const Update

    The May update featured on our website addresses two milestones that were achieved this past work party. First, we reached Level 2 of the subroadbed installation, the level we refer to as "Transition" and second, perhaps most important, the reinstallation of our Lenz DCC System. We were fortunate this past Saturday to elicit the help of Master Model Railroader Dale Kraus. He owns Pacific Railway Hobbies in Tacoma WA and brought along software upgrades for the controllers and the computer and then reinstalled the system for us. All in all, a great day.
    TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails TrainBoard Attached Thumbnails upload 051608 019-1.jpg   upload 051608 014-1.jpg  

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    I really like the hills you've started on that backdrop. Keep the updates coming!

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    Thanks Ken. As you might guess, it's just the beginning. We know where the highest points on the line are, so it was easy to paint the background early, plus once the bench is in, it's darn hard to do any detail painting at arms length, so better to do it first. We also have to craft backdrop on levels one and two which I am currently thinking will be a combination of straight scenery, painting on masonite and painting direct on the wall. The lower end of the mounting brackets poses an interesting obstacle to hide. I am also still bouncing around the idea of dropping scenery over the front edge of the fascia. I saw that done here in TB and also at another layout here in the NW and that looks cool, it breaks up the long stretches of painted fascia. More later, thanks again. MRH

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