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Frederic Testard Posted - 08/06/2008 : 5:37:13 PM
This topic will be devoted to the making of the Sn3 Lake Itasca RR and Nav. Company. Those who have followed my posts in the On30 forum will notice that the name is the same as that of an On30 project of layout I described in this forum. This On30 project is not abandoned, but I finally decided to install this future layout in another part of my garage when the tidying work is done.

The main features of the Sn3 layout are the same as those of the other project. The layout is spread in two adjacent rooms with a small hole connecting them. One of the room will feature "civilization" with the town of Saint-Maries. The other one features the mountain, with lots of mining activity.

The mountain part has already been started, and the current state of the layout features a high line with two important mining complexes. This line has been poorly planned and presents important operationnal mistakes, so it will be redone - but the buildings won't be wasted. The rebuilding process will also provide me with an opportunity to pass from DC to DCC.
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Neil M Posted - 10/21/2016 : 9:24:30 PM
Those little peaks from April look great. once the surrounding scenery blends them into the landscape they'll look sensational.

I hope you get a bit of free time to spend on the layout some time soon
Frederic Testard Posted - 10/17/2016 : 02:04:56 AM
Sorry for the late answer, Jerry.
Just back from a nearly 2000 miles long car trip to Berlin to take back my daughter who was there for a 6 weeks long school exchange. But to be honest, I had seen your message before leaving to Germany...
Hope you've not only found bears to help you go through the mountains. I'm afraid my builders have been hired for some odd math job once again...
I'll try to avoid being absent as long as the previous time, though.
TRAINS1941 Posted - 10/10/2016 : 12:24:14 PM
I'm lost in the mountains please send help!!

Or at least an update to where we are!!
railman28 Posted - 05/08/2016 : 11:24:43 AM
Frederic, it is developing so well. Keep her coming.
Geezer Posted - 05/08/2016 : 07:23:28 AM
Awesome Frederic! Turning into a real
scenic view.....Excellent, my friend!
Frank Palmer Posted - 04/19/2016 : 09:51:33 AM
Besides all the trestles and rock formations your backdrop painting is quite nice too.
Frederic Testard Posted - 04/18/2016 : 6:19:29 PM
It's funny that this old man of the mountain was located in a town called Franconia (and besides, that the Old Man River's source is the true Lake Itasca, as mentionned earlier in this topic).
Bill Gill Posted - 04/18/2016 : 5:39:08 PM
"The Navajos native inhabitants of the country used to call the left higher peak "Amá Diniih" since they thought it evoked a suffering mother. While the monk who first explored the area could have called it Mater Dolorosa, or maybe Rosama..." Frederic Testard

Ah, so there is something more to them than random rock formations! In New Hampshire they used to have "The old Man of the Mountain" until it collapsed in 2003

Nice work, Frederic
TRAINS1941 Posted - 04/18/2016 : 08:03:16 AM
Wow!! Did that ever come out nicely. Excellent work Frederic keep it going.
Tyson Rayles Posted - 04/18/2016 : 07:57:28 AM
Rock on Frederic! Looking good!

Carl B Posted - 04/18/2016 : 06:50:11 AM
Excellent "rocking" Frederic!
Frederic Testard Posted - 04/18/2016 : 04:59:11 AM
Thanks Frank.

Here are a few pics of the painted peaks.

Using the selfie capabilities of the smartphone to see what you can't see and guess where to add more paint...

The mountain side with a few unglued evergreens to have an idea of the future look.

And a global view of the current surroundings of the Alexandria Mining company facilities.

Frank Palmer Posted - 04/12/2016 : 5:34:19 PM
Nice progress Frederic.
Frederic Testard Posted - 04/12/2016 : 5:08:13 PM
Thanks for the nice comments, my friends.
A view on the modelling clay peaks that mark the entry of the high mountain area. Their shape was more or less inspired from the Phantom curves on the Cumbres and Toltec RR. Some have received some paint, other are still too "undry"...

The Navajos native inhabitants of the country used to call the left higher peak "Amá Diniih" since they thought it evoked a suffering mother. While the monk who first explored the area could have called it Mater Dolorosa, or maybe Rosama, he didn't understand quite well what his guide told him and called the peak "Almandinis". Eventually, his followers simplified the name in "Landis Peak".

mabloodhound Posted - 04/12/2016 : 08:55:38 AM
As always, some more fine modeling.

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