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  • Mark, you should be excited about the layout! Great concept with lots of room for detailing.
    The foam mockup is exceptional to give you something to look at down the road and not having to keep your layout ideas in your head.
    Wonderful!
    Thanks so much, Dave.

    The mock-up is also a great design tool, as it really shows how the layout will look. I need to take some notes as well, as ideas come as I work, and I want to remember them later.

    Cheers, Mark.

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    • Hi guys.

      Well - a bit of progress so I will upload a few more photos. I wish I could photograph this better. Some of the views look great in reality, but are quite hard to see in the photos.

      First up is a photo of the back wall of the room in which Tellynott is. This is a scene loosely based on Squawbottom river on the G&D. Sometimes those blobs of expanding foam lead to some interesting ideas. The big rock overhanging the middle track (logging branchline) was one such blob. I have put a short tunnel through it to break up the shape of things. I tried putting the river through a cave here, too, but took that out. I may revisit that idea when I get to building things. There is 680mm (26 3/4") between the top track and the bottom track (passing siding) here.

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      Next we have some views of the remade peninsula.

      Firstly, here is a close up looking under the two high bridges. These are the ones I brought closer to parallel and further into the peninsula in order to be able to see the view over, under and through them. I have made some quick mock-up bridges to help with the imagination. The big bridge in the background is over 1100mm long. I have plans for a large kitbashing project here using a faller bridge. It is a double track bridge which I intend to bash into a single track. It looks like a lot of work! The middle lower bridge will be a curved trestle.

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      And here is the same view from a little further back. You can see how this technique helps you to design with an eye for viewing different scenes within the layout. Here I was very conscious about leaving the cliff faces in the gorge back far enough to be able to see the curving track following the river. There are two lower tracks near the front of this scene that will be hidden under the riverbed. The river will fall in a serious of rapids/ waterfalls to negotiate the tracks below. as the scenery does not go all the way to the floor, there will still be access to these tracks for maintenance and emergencies.

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      And here is the same scene from further back again, showing more of the overall view.

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      More soon, cheers, Mark.

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      • Part two.

        Here we are on the other side of the gorge. I turned my kitbashed bridge around for you. You can more clearly see where the curved trestle will go in this shot. Maybe I need to mock that up... You also get the feeling for what a train snaking along on the bottom track with the gorge behind will look like.

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        And here we have a shot of the whole peninsula. This shows the second gorge with the spur to the mine. It also shows the tall curved trestle at the end of the peninsula. You can see I am trying to create cameo shots to help the layout seem more plausible, but framing them with the terrain and visually blocking them from competing with other scenes.

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        An eagle's eye view. Although there is still a lot of track, I have hidden quite a lot under the scene and visually separated more with the steep mountains. This shot clearly shows the spur to the mine, and the flat area to the left of the spur where the mine will be situated.

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        This shot shows the Fastford River area with the peninsula behind. You can see the depth of the view. Very exciting!

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        And another eagle's eye view, this time showing more of the big picture. You can see a few foam blobs in the background. Sorry about that - in a rush to share...

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        More soon, cheers, Mark.

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        • I can see the Gorre & Daphetid influence easily in the form you are creating. Lots of elevation changes. Assuming you are watching the rate of climb closely.

          Dave,

          on the other side of the world.
          Home of the HOn3 North Coast Railroad, along the shores of Lake Ontario.

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          • I can see the Gorre & Daphetid influence easily in the form you are creating. Lots of elevation changes. Assuming you are watching the rate of climb closely.
            Thanks, Dave.

            Yes - 4% ruling grade. Short trains. Geared locos. I'll do a plan in a larger scale moving forwards, with more precise curves and elevations, and turnouts carefully worked out and considered. the curved turnouts are the hardest to get right in a plan, but in the model I think they look great, so use them quite a bit. There are several already in Tellynott.

            Cheers, Mark.

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