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    John Cooper attended a Model railroad event this weekend and posted this youtube video of a very cool 2x6 On30 mining railroad. Great detail, with fun tunnels and precarious construction........enjoy! Scott

  • #2
    That is a lot of neat stuff packed into a 2x6 area!

    Louis L&R Western Railroad
    Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast


    • #3

      Thanks for sharing, really nice mine, some great visuals there.



      • #4

        This is exactly what I have been looking to build. Is there a track plan or contact information for this layout?


        • #5

          Thanks for sharing this wonderful layout.
          Tom M.


          • #6
            Nice layout. I just wish the cameraman had a steadier hand and moved from scene to scene slower.
            Kevin Miller

            Winlock, WA


            • #7
              I have no other info. I will see John this weekend. I believe he has some still photos he might share. The event was at Just Trains in Concord, Ca. Perhaps somebody out there knows the model's owner. Scott


              • #8
                Very cool little layout!


                • #9
                  I would love to know more about it as well.

                  Larry, as near as I can determine from the video, the operational track plan is close to this sketch. Obviously the mountain has some mining track on it as well.


                  • #10
                    I wish the camera man had a steadier hand as well, That would be me.

                    It was a great little layout, I will look through the pictures I took and see if there is something that shows off the track plan any better.

                    It was pretty much a figure 8 with a siding going to the mill on one end and a siding going to the mine on the other. There was a third siding in the middle that is a Depot area.

                    I believe it started out as a hollow core door and was built up with foam. He made a mock up of the entire layout prior to construction.

                    You can see the mock up on the table, think I have a pic of it I will put up later.

                    Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.

                    Home of The Great On30 Barn Meet, that will be held May 16th 2015


                    • #11

                      That is very close, the grades in the mine end where pretty harsh 10% plus I suspect. A new porter would pull three cars but the owner doubted it would pull four. The turn at the mill end was much gentler.

                      I was playing with a slightly larger design and it will be a challenge to keep the grade under 10% even with more room.

                      Radius was about 11", it was Micro Engineering On30 track and #5 M.E. Switches.
                      Sitting along side the orignal Central Pacific Rail Road.

                      Home of The Great On30 Barn Meet, that will be held May 16th 2015


                      • #12
                        That is a very nice layout, with lots of detail. Thanks for sharing Scott and John.



                        • #13
                          Incredible amount of work and talent here.

                          I like the concept and size as well of all

                          the details. Thanks for sharing this...


                          • #14
                            Very cool.

                            Thanks for sharing the video and pictures and the track plan.
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                            • #15
                              Thayer and John thank you for the additional information.