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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • Coaltrain
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    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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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • Michael_Hohn
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    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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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • Tyson Rayles
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    Looking good, nice water car!

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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • Michael_M
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    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.

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  • BigLars
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    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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  • Michael_M
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    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).

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  • Michael_M
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    This barn is located at Bodie and used to store several wagons.

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

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