Thunder Ridge: A Freelanced Focus on Scenery

Mark Watson Apr 12, 2010

  1. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Huh, we never took that shot! Silly us. Mark has some shots of the trains "in town", too, which hopefully came out nice (I kept my camera on the canyon side).
     
  2. Vaccam

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    Very nice train shots! Well done Mark.
     
  3. Nimo

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    Great stuff... great scenery... :) :)

    I just wish I had the space to run such long trains... sigh...
     
  4. RBrodzinsky

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    That's the beauty of what Mark has done. TR really isn't that big of a layout (about 4'x8'), but with the scenic divider and devoting this entire side to a single scene with just the two tracks, it gives you the feel for wide open space. For these two trains, neither could fit on just one side, they were always curved around the ends.
     
  5. SteamDonkey74

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    Some day... some day I will have to rent a truck and have a mission of mercy to bring extruded foam south over the Oregon-California border for all my deprived California modeling friends.

    Mark, I just realized that I have been lurking here for over a year and not said a thing, which is not terribly characteristic of me I know. :tb-err:

    This is some really nice work and proof of what you can do with limited supplies in a limited space in N scale. I'd be interested to see more of the nuts-and-bolts of how you hooked up and wired up those slide-switch throws if you get the chance.

    Adam
     
  6. HOexplorer

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    Adam, Come to San Diego, free room and board. Let's see. I'll take four 4'x8' sheets. I'll leave the light on for you. Jim
     
  7. Mark Watson

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    Rick and I were just talking about that yesterday, that without his help in locating and transporting the foam I needed TR would not be in existence today!

    I've got a few ideas brewing to give tribute to his generous help on the layout. ;)
     
  8. Mark Watson

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    Gasp! Strange that we never thought to photo a head end meet! Next time I suppose. :p

    Here's the shots from McKibben.
    Since McKibben is a small town stop, even the shortest of trains block the road.
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    We happened to catch the California Zephyr arrive while the COLA was just closing its doors.
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  9. Sly

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    I want to delurk just to comment on this photo... I know you haven't finished the scenery but that really looks good despite its unfinished state. Just goes to show how you can have something that looks decent without it being "complete".

    And also, great work in this thread in general Mark. I always read the updates - it may just inspire me to finally build something myself! ;-)
     
  10. EMD F7A

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    Mark, I'd love to get a nice long NP passenger consist rolling down your mainlines! (why the hell did that sound like a pick-up line?) Anyway, yeah I concur that even unfinished your layout shows quite a lot of work and quality, and it's very photogenic to boot. Good stuff! Looking forward to seeing that curved turnout ballasted, it's gonna be a thing of beauty (the showoff video was muy bueno)!
     
  11. Mark Watson

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  12. Mark Watson

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    Steam on the Ridge. :)

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    None whatsoever. Nice pick-up line, too!
     
  15. Mark Watson

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    3,800 (scale) feet of lumber arrived at Thunder Ridge this afternoon!

    I hear they're waiting on a crane to arrive all the way from Nebraska then they'll begin restoration of one of the bridges over the river valley.

    :D :D :D :D
     
  16. Mark Watson

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    Uh oh! It seems I've misplaced the bolts I need to hold all the timber together!!

    Well, ya cant blame me can ya? N Scale bolts are TINY!!! :eek: :eek:

    Hopefully they are found in a timely manor. I hope to get the wooden deck bridge completed by the 4th! :D
     
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  18. mtntrainman

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    Ambitious project Mark. Will be interesting to follow. :thumbs_up:

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  19. Packers#1

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    mark, I'm only caught up to page 31, but your layout is look MARVELOUS! ah the abilities of joint compound hehehe
     
  20. Nimo

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    You have an amazing layout Mark... and an enviable collection of locos and rolling stock... :) Every time I see your thread I feel like sitting with the software again and design a scenic layout for myself... (Will have to do that as soon as I am done with my current one!) :D
     

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