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masonamerican Posted - 12/10/2011 : 06:01:09 AM
Hi All,
below there are some pictures of my layout the freelanced California Railway & Navigation Company with its subsidiary Smith-Kingsley Logging Co. It is set in Northern California around 1890-1895. It connects the small sea harbor Innsmouth with the inland terminal Dunsmuir where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The main reason for its existence is transporting goods from Innsmouth Harbor to Dunsmuir for transport east. Connected to it is also a subsidiary logging company which operates its own equipment but uses the C.R.&.N.Co right of way.

This is my first layout since I was a teenager and I started the layout about 2 years ago. Before that we lived in an apartment so then it was only building of houses and rolling stock. It occupies roughly 4x4m (13´x13´) in my basement. The benchwork is L-girder and the track is ME flextrack code 55 and 70 which lies on plywood+cork roadbed. Turnouts are made with Fast Tracks jigs and their laser cut turnout ties. The trains are controlled by Roco’s DCC system. The maximum grade is 2% and the minimum radius 24´´. To get a long mainline I have separated the two end stations by about 12´´ vertically and let the mainline do a double turn via a helix before it reaches Dunsmuir. Much of the track will be hidden from view to avoid a spaghetti bowl kind of look.

Scenery which I just have started with is of the conventional kind with plaster cloth on a support skeleton. The plan is to finish the scenery in 4´ segments and gradually work my way from Dunsmuir to Innsmouth which will be finished last. Scenery has been hard to make and at the first part at Dunsmuir I have tested a lot. I hope the scenery gradually will be better and better as it comes along.
Trees are a combination of homemade and commercial. As the railroad is modeled at its peak and fairly new most of my buildings only have a light weathering to show the passage of time. My engine house for example is only about 5 years since it was built so it has not got that dilapidated worn look yet. The depression is many, many years ahead. Also the management is keeping everything in good working order.

My freight cars are a mix of for example Labelle, BTS, Alkem Scale models, Central Valley, Rio Grande Models, Silver Crash Car Works, Art Griffin and old IHC, AHM cars that I have modified.
The passenger fleet which I about to rework with better paintjobs and more elaborate decals consists for example of Westwood, reworked Model Power cars, and GEM (brass).
The locomotive fleet is just as diverse and consists of a lot of brass Balboa, PFM, Gem, Ken Kidder, NWSL (Shay). Some kits I have assembled from Arbour models kits a 2-6-0 and a 4-4-0. Also I have some commercial RTR locos from Bachmann and Roundhouse.

Please excuse the disorder on the photos as I’m using the part of the layout which I’m not building on as storage for the scenery stuff. I staged some of the buildings for the photos and the Engine house is not finished but it all hopefully gives a view how it will look when finished. There is also a lot of detail work to do but the scenery has to be somewhat complete first.
I hope you will find my description and photos of my layout of interest and that I haven’t bored you to death. Comments are always welcome. Thank you,

Best regards
Håkan


Dunsmuir on the right with the helix below


Dunsmuir on the left and on the storage mess that is to become Innsmouth


Spagetti bowl trackage for the time being


Yet more spagetti bowl but the 2 first tiers will be hidden behind the foredrop.


Dunsmuir


Dunsmuir again. Sorry some of the trees has not yet been planted.


The unfinished engine terminal at Dunsmuir with my Arbour 4-4-0, a Roundhouse 2-8-0 and the Arbour 2-6-0.


The turntable (Diamond scale) with my Arbour 4-4-0


The unfinished engine house with the Arbour 2-6-0.


The Dunsmuir station with my Ken Kidder 2-6-0 and a Balboa 4-4-0


Dunsmuir station again


My trackplan
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masonamerican Posted - 12/31/2018 : 07:28:15 AM
Dave, he is a great inspiration for me too. I just loved the articles on the older MR.
Sorry Scott, off course its Caspia trees.


Håkan
Hawghead Posted - 12/25/2018 : 10:33:53 AM
Håkan

Ahh, Caspia trees. Just never heard of them referred to as Jack Works trees before. Anyway, thanks for the link, now get busy building something else we can drool over.

Scott
deemery Posted - 12/24/2018 : 08:57:25 AM
Jack Work was one of the big influences on me, I remember his articles in MR. He lived on Vancouver Island, and some of his models are in the BC Logging Museum in Duncan.

dave
masonamerican Posted - 12/24/2018 : 03:54:47 AM
Thank you Scott and Galen for the kind words.

Scott, the pine trees was made through a method devised by the renowned modeler Jack Work. He was very active in Model Railroader in the 1960s. I don't know if he was the first with this method but I think it became more widespread after his articles. I have trouble finding any links myself. Basically it is tapering a wooden balsa dowel and adding bark detail. Then color it a brown bark color. Drill holes for branches which are made by sticking small twigs of fern or caspia into the holes. Here is a good description:
http://cs.trains.com/mrr/f/11/t/69465.aspx

I hope it can be of help.

Happy modeling!
Håkan
ocalicreek Posted - 12/23/2018 : 7:40:26 PM
Hakan,

What a great, compact little scene. It feels complete with all the relevant details in place. Thank you also for showing the smaller scene in the larger context.

Galen
Hawghead Posted - 12/23/2018 : 2:42:48 PM
Håkan,

Beautiful work on the layout, I've gone through the whole thread and your work is fantastic. Several pages back there was reference made to Jack Works trees. I've searched the internet and can't find anything on them. Any chance you have a link to info about them or the method?

Thanks and again outstanding work.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Scott
masonamerican Posted - 12/16/2018 : 4:25:29 PM
Thanks Andre, Mike, Carl, Frank, Rich, Bernd, Bill, Dave and Bob for the interest and the kind words!

Rich I’ll take some more photos as soon as I can.

Bernd and Bill, not sure how they did it. I think the lifted her up using the gantry .
https://www.lassco.co.uk/lassco-news/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2015/10/HorseinSling.jpg

Happy modeling!
Håkan
railman28 Posted - 12/16/2018 : 3:17:10 PM
Many mines had multiple portals. Maybe, this portal was a side shaft to be convenient to the railroad?
deemery Posted - 12/16/2018 : 2:43:33 PM
I'm pretty sure mules & burros can climb stairs (if there's not too much rise to them.)

dave
Bernd Posted - 12/16/2018 : 1:40:54 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Gill

Nobody has asked this question yet, so I have to ask. How did they get the horse up there? Bernd
I think horses can climb UP stairs, if not, there's the crane. :)



I was thinking the same. Let's see how Håkan will explain it.

Bernd
Bill Gill Posted - 12/16/2018 : 11:34:33 AM
Nobody has asked this question yet, so I have to ask. How did they get the horse up there? Bernd
I think horses can climb UP stairs, if not, there's the crane. :)
Bernd Posted - 12/16/2018 : 11:19:00 AM
Hi Håkan,

I've popped in once in a while to watch the progress. The Bess Mine scene is beautiful.

Nobody has asked this question yet, so I have to ask. How did they get the horse up there?

Bernd
Pennman Posted - 12/16/2018 : 09:50:37 AM
Hi Håkan, sorry I have not commented in awhile, I have been kept busy doing 1:1 projects and enjoying retirement.
Your railway is simply amazing and magnificent.
It is coming along very nicely with each new segment. Do you have any overall views of the entire layout that you could share with us?

Rich
Frank Palmer Posted - 12/16/2018 : 09:47:24 AM
WOW!
Carl B Posted - 12/16/2018 : 09:03:45 AM
Excellent work!

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