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  • #16
    That pick-up truck looks terrific, Michael. :up:

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    • #17

      Michael M



      Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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      • #18



        This barn is located at Bodie and used to store several wagons.
        Michael M



        Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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        • #19


          The is the NI&E's "Tanque Gordo" (fat tank) #401 fuel car.

          This is loosely based (very loosely) on a Brazilian railways #400 "Tanque Charuto" (cigar tank).
          Michael M



          Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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          • #20
            Very nice small layout concept. I have some 1/35 2 foot models waiting for me to get to them. I will look you for inspiration.

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            • #21
              Well, it's not so small now. It started that way and just kind of grew.




              Now it is a 'U' shaped layout about 8' x 16'. Please excuse the mess...things just seem to accumulate.

              On the left the layout will expand to the town of Sundance (where the white cover is). Eventually I'll have a removable bridge spanning the man door and build out into the back yard.

              I've never used any real plans; maybe a few sketches and an idea in my head.
              Michael M



              Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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              • #22


                here is a water tank car loosely based (again very loosely) on West Side Lumber's coffin cars.


                The NI&E has several water cars on its roster since it is located out in the western Nevada desert.
                Michael M



                Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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                • #23



                  Manly Siding. The Morrison Borax tipple is straight ahead with the office to the left. To the far left is Scotty's Salt and the donkey-powered tramway.
                  Michael M



                  Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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                  • #24
                    Looking good, nice water car!

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                    • #25
                      Tyson,


                      That water car, T5, is loosely based (very loosely) on West Side Lumber's coffin tank cars. Shortened quite a bit, and it has a steam pump at one end.

                      Water cars on the NI&E are painted blue to minimize that chance of water and fuel getting mixed up.
                      Michael M



                      Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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                      • #26
                        Michael,

                        I’m enjoying the photos of your layout. You’ve combined a heavy dose of imagination with reality. I was intrigued seeing the overall view of your layout and had to look up where you lived.

                        Keep ‘em coming!

                        Mike
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                        Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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                        • #27
                          Mike,

                          Thank you. I do try mix in a little reality with my modeled world.

                          I've collected a number of books on the general Death valley area dealing with prospecting, mining, and general lore. I collect postcards, brochures, and miscellaneous on the area to get an idea on how it all once looked like.

                          It's still good to have boots-on-the-ground. Thankfully, I'm only about 3 hours away from Death Valley so if I'm ever overcome with a desperate need for wide open spaces I don't have too far to go.
                          Michael M



                          Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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                          • #28
                            I think it is amazing that you live where you can have a layout outside! it looks good and it must be fun to be out in the fresh air.

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                            • #29
                              It can be fun. But, also it can be hot, or cold and windy (like today).


                              Instead of plaster I use mortar, and real dirt and sand for scenery.


                              If I spill something I can just wash down the patio floor and the wife will never know. Really can't do that with a layout that's inside.


                              Now, if you drop something small it's probably gone for good.


                              Even though the layout is under a covered patio I do have future plans to extend it out into the wild and the great outdoors.
                              Michael M



                              Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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                              • #30


                                Here is a mail/baggage car under construction. About 18 scale feet long.
                                Michael M



                                Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad

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