Got another update from John today. His last post is here.
The coal mine module is 99% complete, and the only work left is construction of the mountains joining this module. Due to the leaning over to reach required, I didn’t finish the mountains adjacent this module, too much trouble planting the trees and other landscaping.
I added a track-eye view at the suggestion of someone commenting on an earlier post. By the way, thanks to all the folks who commented with their kind words and great suggestions that my emails have gotten, they mean a lot to me.
The pictures are of an early morning at the mine, a bulldozed has blown a hydraulic line and the crew is busy getting it ready for service. It’s late summer, trees have not started their fall colors.
The next module, about 5% done, is a main power sub-station and the towers feeding it, it will be to the left of the mine with an old, barely adequate oil facility for fueling the mine equipment and the WV Energy locomotives. Next to that will be an abandoned track with rusting, deserted equipment.
Thanks Al, for all you do,
John from Baltimore”
I really enjoy all your emails. I am a retired astronomer and a very active model railroader. I thought it be fitting to add an observatory to my layout. Also you can see amateur astronomers getting ready for a nights viewing.
The main building is scratched built and so is my observatory. The two observatories on top of the building are made from clear plastic Christmas decorations that twist in half and were painted a flat white with Humoral paint.
They are 2 1/2 inches in diameter and the big observatory is made from a 4 inch clear plastic Christmas ball, it also comes in two pieces. I had to cut the large ball for the open slat so the telescope could be seen.
At night there is a red led to show the interior of the large observatory. The main building is made of a cereal box and the base of the big observatory is made of the same cereal box material.
Most of my buildings are scratch built because the buildings were not available as plastic models.
However I do have many plastic kit buildings on my HO layout. I also made the telescopes that the amateurs are looking through.
Al I hope you like these photos I have sent and I would like to hear some comments.
Al all the best to you and keep the emails coming.
Best to you and all the modelers out there.
A huge thanks to John and Dave.
Love what Dave has done, because your own layout can be anything you want it to be. And it looks great too.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming and don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide if you are tired of everybody else having the fun.