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    • March 9, 2020 7:12 PM EDT


      I don't see Area 69 on the map?


      Just saying .....

    • March 9, 2020 7:03 PM EDT
    • Well, thanks Bill, but I've seen some stunners and feel like I have a long way to go before I'm satisfied. Nancy has done a good job, imho.

    • March 9, 2020 6:56 PM EDT
    • Jim, one of if not the best small narrow gauge layouts one the web, great looking stuff 

    • March 9, 2020 6:48 PM EDT
    • Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!

       Thank you Jim those pics really show off what you have striven for. We get to see the way the plants blend and shape the scenes I can't wait for pics as you are running trains and finding the photo ops you have created with all the plantings.

    • March 9, 2020 6:39 PM EDT
    • Thanks Bill. Yeah that piece of track is just loosely sitting there. I need to get that finished off. That is the track leading to the stamp mill that doesn't exist yet.


    • March 9, 2020 6:38 PM EDT
    • Absolutely outstanding looking, but watch the rail gap at the jail turn out

    • March 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT
    • As requested by David Marconi (aka Hollywood), here are more pics of each area so you can get a better feel for where various plants are situated and a bit of the big picture.


      The planting and structures might be separated into a set of scenes, like this:



      I'll put a few pictures for each of those labeled scenes here. First is the city of Durango, which is full of succulents and is supposed to be a desert town:



      Moving around toward the right (counterclockwise on the track plan):



      And then even further along:



      Moving on to the transition/rock fall area:



      Here's the logging area:



      Next is the "canyon" area (not a great name, but, eh, why not?):



      And the sawmill, back of the gold mine:



      And finally (pant pant) the Jasper gold mine:



      Sorry for posting so many pics. I got carried away :-).


    • March 9, 2020 11:06 AM EDT
    • Roger wilco master Marconi...

    • March 9, 2020 5:31 AM EDT
    • Jim they are looking great individually. Might I ask for an overview shot to see the layout in total to show how the diversity of the three areas blend ?

    • March 9, 2020 3:35 AM EDT
    • Jim,


      I am just now getting caught up on this thread.     Wow!  What a transformation!  As a president of the local chapter of the Black Thumb society, this gives me hope we, tooic can evolve from lucky guesses to deliberate successes!  




    • March 8, 2020 9:44 PM EDT
    • I'm happy to report that the plants that Nancy picked and planted are doing pretty well! My bad plant mojo has not been enough to overcome her strong flora fu. She has had a few things in the way but is intending to get me the plant list + map soon. Still fighting irrigation a bit but made good progress this week and I think there's a good plan in place to get it under control.


      Meanwhile, a little bit of spring happening in the railroad:



    • February 4, 2020 8:57 AM EST
    • Sean McGillicuddy said:

      So is Jim going to make his own workers? Like a train engineer ...



       Jim, with no engineer I thought it was a run away Loco Nice video!!


    • February 3, 2020 11:41 AM EST
    • Thanks John! I had already downloaded those PDFs on figure sculpting and they look pretty straightforward in theory (my fumbling fingers may disagree). I'm going to pursue an alternate path first and see if I can do some 3D sculpting and printing. I've started to learn Blender and have purchased a tablet with stylus so I can sculpt in a more natural way. I'll start a topic on that when I get serious (i.e. after I retire and have more consistent time to spend on it).

    • February 3, 2020 9:15 AM EST
    • Sean, you noticed my phantom engineer! Drat!


      i am interested in learning how to make peoples but can probably buy a couple of engineers, eh?

    • February 3, 2020 8:04 AM EST
    • So is Jim going to make his own workers? Like a train engineer ...


    • February 1, 2020 7:46 PM EST
    • Cool video.  I never get tired of seeing your railroad, Jim 

    • February 1, 2020 7:35 PM EST
    • A video of a training coming through the tunnel portal for your consideration:


    • January 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST
    • Jim, the portal and rock fall turned out great.