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    • January 25, 2020 6:08 PM EST
    • Color comes to Linville NC on the ET&WNC R.R.

      This little layout is built on shelf that is about 18 inches– 24 inches deep. The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad was definitely a mountain railroad. To get the look of depth and mountain scenery this little railroad needed a backdrop. When I saw that Railroad model railroads ………was voted the best in the Model Railroader magazine I took a look. When I saw they had a backdrop labeled “Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina” I was sold. I do not know where they took the picture but the backdrop is making my Linville LDE a little closer to the real deal in the prototype picture.

      Here are some before and after shots showing how the masonite was used to secure the backdrop.

      As always, thanks for looking. Dr. Tom

    • January 16, 2020 9:23 PM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 



      Yes, "train time" could easily turn in to massacre time with these close tolerances.  Tom


    • January 15, 2020 10:22 PM EST
    • Passengers waiting  better pay attention.  Stick your arm out or lean forward at the wrong time .... well ... let's not think about that 

    • January 15, 2020 10:17 PM EST
    • The Linville Depot gets hip.

      That is the Linville Depot gets a hip roof. In following the prototype I was able to construct out of card stock a hip roof for the little depot at Linville. Here are some prototype pictures of the roof being installed during the reconstruction of the Linville Depot in North Carolina.

      I had a much easier job using cardboard and Elmer's glue.

      Because of the siding behind the depot I had to truncate the hip posteriorly. This is not too evident except in the one side picture.

      Next steps are styrene and plastic castings……more to come.

      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • January 12, 2020 3:09 PM EST
    • Doc, after I posted the reminder about the window boxes, I realized you had actually drawn them on the mockup. This is going to be a great build to follow. 

      is it done yet? 

    • January 12, 2020 8:40 AM EST
    • Dan Hilyer said:

      Well, Doc, that is a good looking depot.  I’m sure your final model will look better than the original. Don’t forget the window box planter. 

      Thank you Dan. That window box planter is a definite. There are a lot of nice O scale flowers out there now. This will be a nod  to Garden Railroads. Tom

    • January 11, 2020 9:26 PM EST
    • Well, Doc, that is a good looking depot.  I’m sure your final model will look better than the original. Don’t forget the window box planter. 

    • January 11, 2020 8:30 PM EST
    • Foam core mockup for the depot at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

      Ever since I've been a model railroader I have read about foam core mockups for scratch built models. Despite being in the hobby some 40 years this was the first time I have actually done this. What I had read was this is a good way to see if structures actually would fit the model railroad. And in O scale this is extremely important as the buildings and structures can be overwhelming.

      So here is a foamcore mockup of the depot at Linnville on the ET and WNC railroad. I am getting closer to the look in the old prototype picture.

      What I found was that the roof overhangs fouled locomotives on the track behind the station. I'm actually fudging history a bit as there was no track behind the station and only a dirt road. But I wanted a team track and it was on Ian Rice’s track plan as well. So I had to trim the roof overhang in the back so as not to decapitate the engineer on Number 12.

      I lucked up as this is the only adjustment I had to make to fit the depot in between 2 railroad tracks. For sure clearance is tight but it looks like everything is coming together.

      Next up will be a mock up of the hip roof. And then it's on to purchasing styrene and castings to build this nifty little depot.

      Thank you for looking. Doc Tom

    • January 5, 2020 10:35 PM EST
    • The more I follow your work the more I like the On30 idea indoors. Great work as usual.

    • January 5, 2020 10:00 PM EST
    • Like everyone else says, really great work Doc.  Thanks so much for sharing.  Your work is inspiring.

    • January 5, 2020 6:57 PM EST
    • As always ...great work Doc....ever thought about On30 Amtrak modeling  ?


    • January 5, 2020 5:35 PM EST
    • Agree with Dan's comments, also....    Nice modeling...   

    • January 5, 2020 3:14 PM EST
    • I have to agree with Dan...............

    • January 5, 2020 1:59 PM EST
    • Nice photos, Doc.  Looks like you are well on your way to achieving the look noted in the 1:1 photo.

    • January 5, 2020 11:09 AM EST
    • The New Tank at Linville.

      Dewey and Raylan inspect the new water tank at the Linville Depot site on the ET &WNC R.R.. Well its not leaking and holds water well.

      Number 11 will get a drink soon……when these guys quit mugging for the camera.

      These overall shots show the empty lot where the Linville Depot will go and there is a definite need to plant trees to get ……..

      to this look that I am trying to achieve.

      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • January 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST
    • Mick Benton said:


      Thanks for getting the photo to show up. Tis' appreciated.  Doc Tom

    • January 2, 2020 3:32 PM EST
    • I would hate to know that you spent countless hours scratch-building some beautiful cars that you discover that you cannot use because the overhang is too much on the curves.

    • January 2, 2020 7:58 AM EST
    • Good point David. Another very good reason to use the short coupler and move the trucks out board.

    • January 2, 2020 6:32 AM EST
    • Devon, my question. If the trucks are that far back from the car ends, the swing on the curves would be rather large, especially on tight curves. Have you tried running the cars coupled together through your tightest curve?

      One of the modules in the NMRA group has unusable sidings, because the curves are so tight, that cars cannot negotiate the curves while coupled to another car.

    • January 1, 2020 10:07 PM EST
    • I will be honored. Go for it.