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    • December 13, 2019 10:56 PM EST
    • Jim, as with all your builds your attention to detail is exquisite, great looking tunnel, Bill 

    • December 13, 2019 8:56 PM EST
    • Jim, I really like your use of rock on the RR.  The tunnel will provide a break in the track and give the feeling that the train is going somewhere further down the line.

    • December 13, 2019 7:50 PM EST
    • Managed to dodge the rain and get another day of work in on landscaping. Today was mostly about adding what we've been calling a "rock fall" with some different color granite, which to me adds some nice contrast. Also some ground cover spread around.


      Here's an example of some ground cover:



      There's a trestle that crosses the Durango yard and connects the "transition" area to the upper level of the city of Durango. We're adding a tunnel at the end of that trestle and covering it with some rust-ish rock. Only got half the rock on (had to go buy some more!).


      Here's the start of the tunnel: some corrugated material being curved along the existing track. You will see a rope: that's just to temporarily hold it in place so it can be more permanently set in place using some stakes:



      Some gravel was added internally. I'll be building some tunnel portals after we get a bit further along:



      A little further long more rocks have been mortared into place:



      I'm enjoying this different rock coloring.




    • November 23, 2019 5:43 PM EST
    • Thank you for those pics Jim. those views allow me to understand how this planting stage is changing the looks of the railroad empire you've created. Now I can visualize how the three distinct areas compliment each other and provide a sense of flow and distance in the overall picture.

      The effort you are putting forth on your pike speaks volumes in the pics you present to us. Great work. 

    • November 23, 2019 5:30 PM EST
    • Not sure how serious Hollywood is, but thought I'd post a few pix from further away so you can see how the Durango & Jasper sits in the yard and relative to our house. Cozy.


      Here's the view as you walk back into the yard (as if coming to an open railroad). This is the succulent area, the upper part of the town of Durango:



      And this is the lower part of Durango (the yard, etc.) looking toward the Jasper wilderness area:



      And a similar view but from Jasper looking back toward Durango:



      Happy Thanksgiving, all!


      [edited to fix a typo] 

    • November 23, 2019 11:09 AM EST
    • What? You have never heard of the Giant Blue Sequioa? Will try to get some photos that show the whole context...

    • November 23, 2019 5:50 AM EST
    • Jim it really has come to life with the plantings phase. I for one would like to see the overall photo to really enjoy the outcome. I being from the east with no travels into your neck of the woods per se, am having trouble identifying the blue tree in the midst of your plantings. Is that the one I've heard of called the 'Blue Spruce'

    • November 22, 2019 8:58 PM EST
    • I agree with Eric.  Very well camouflaged, Jim.  Your RR is beginning to look like it has been there forever.  Keep up the great work ....... AND please keep sharing with us 

    • November 22, 2019 8:16 PM EST
    • There are sprinklers?   Amazingly camouflaged! 

    • November 22, 2019 7:41 PM EST
    • More planting work today: hiding sprinkler pvc pipe, more details in the tall timber, more tall timber planting, and some filler in the yard of Durango (no pics for that, sorry).


      Hiding the sprinklers in Durango:



      A new dry wash near the goldmine in the Jasper area:



      And some more trees planted:



      I'm loving this so far.


    • November 17, 2019 1:05 PM EST
    • Cool video, Jim.  Love the sound of the shay.

    • November 17, 2019 9:26 AM EST
    • Nice one Jim, I like the technique of leading the loco with your camera.

    • November 16, 2019 6:52 PM EST
    • A short video near the goldmine and "tall timber":



    • November 16, 2019 6:47 PM EST
    • Really nice!  When those plants come in, it'll force folks to really look at the structures behind them.  It is a strange thing I learned from aquarium keeping.   The more you hide something, the more people try to look to see what is there!  With your modeling skills, Jim, your visitors will be in for a real treat!  



    • November 15, 2019 10:43 PM EST
    • More planting today. Also some rock improvements. Super happy with today's progress. A lot of the happenings were in the Jasper area near the goldmine. If you recall, some of the trees are lemon cypress. Nancy also bought some dwarf Alberta spruce. We pruned these heavily (yup, I learned more about pruning):



      And when put in place near the goldmine (also check out the rocks above the goldmine... much better):



      The backside of the goldmine mountain area:



      The area between the goldmine and the central peninsula was also rerocked and partially planted:


      And back in the city of Durango, a few extra succulents were planted but more interestingly some first attempts at hiding the sprinkler pipes were started and look promising:



      And the sprinklers work! Yay! Not so much manual watering. Thank you Rainbird!


    • November 11, 2019 2:00 PM EST
    • I ditto the cars, they are great looking, when I had my outside layout it was watered with a ground well and was a deep well which had a sulfur smell to it also left a white deposit on things, I soon found out that down here water and wood don't mix so it became and all plastic building location very quickly. I tried all types of sprinklers and systems and I will admit the drip system was the neatest but at the same time the most troublesome of all. Biggest advantage was water just went where you wanted it but found it to be very finicky mostly with clogged heads. Granted it was well water and problem had particles in it but soon reverted back to water every thing and wipe down the track afterwards and found it to be less work in the long run, Bill   

    • November 11, 2019 12:01 AM EST
    • Jim,

      A belated "Mahalo! (Thank you!)" for your follow-up.  I cannot recall meeting Nancy; we have corresponded via the GR forum once or twice, so perhaps she recognizes my name from that venue.

      Anyway, pm outbound to your location...


      Keep the photos coming!



    • November 10, 2019 9:55 PM EST
    • You know what, Dan? I'm pretty happy with the scratchbuilt cars too! Plan to do all the rest of my cars that way. Keeps me off the streets.




    • November 10, 2019 9:53 PM EST
    • Jim, the train looks great moving through the new plants.  I really like the fact that all the cars behind the climax were scratch built by you.  Look forward to seeing more.