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    • February 13, 2020 9:57 PM EST

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      Ric Golding said:

      Great work and great modeling.

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      Doc, look back at the black and white picture of the station.  Not on tie showing in the ballast, dust and dirt.  Love that look.  Hard to duplicate.

      I agree Ric. That picture was taken in the 1920's the era I am modelling. I am really trying hard to figure out how to replicate that look. Even the parking lot with the old cars blends right in to the tracks, no barriers, safety rails or any modern day parking bumpers. Quite the challenge ahead.   Doc Tom

    • February 21, 2020 9:08 PM EST

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      I thought I would switch tracks this week and make some little people to populate the Linville LDE.

      I started with everyone's favorite “Tweetsie” engineer, Mr. Sherman Pippin.



      Shapeways 3-D printing makes a very nice rendition of this iconic figure. With paint, paint washes, and dry brushing I created my model of Mr. Pippin.



      I did not want to stop with Mr. P and have attempted a recreation of Mr. Cy Crumley, a beloved conductor on the ET&WNC RR. Here are Messers Pippin and Crumley posing in classic railroad photos with two friends from Germany Helga and Heidi (Orange plastic Preiser figures with paint jobs.).







      Shapeways was nice enough to make a working man Mr Pippin shoveling coal.So I put him to work.



      The story goes that Mr. Pippin, always a kind gentleman, offered to shovel coal for Fireman Fred when his back was out. All Fred had to do was drive the locomotive. Sherman did holler some instructions to Fred above the noise of the panting locomotive.





      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • February 21, 2020 9:42 PM EST
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      Nice personnel addition to the railroad, Doc.  Looks like Mr. Pippin did a little of everything on the RR.

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    • February 22, 2020 8:35 PM EST

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      Dan Hilyer said:

      Nice personnel addition to the railroad, Doc.  Looks like Mr. Pippin did a little of everything on the RR.

      Thanks Dan. Yes he was a hard worker. He worked for the railroad for several decades.  Doc Tom

    • February 23, 2020 8:05 PM EST

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      Helga and Heidi from Germany are moving to Linville North Carolina. Being rather affluent, they have their brand-new T-Model in tow behind the ET&WNC RR passenger train.



      Conductor Cy Crumley knows just the place outside of Linville to let then get a good glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains.





      While quite a stunning view, Heidi would rather play in the car.



      These are some of the many trees I've been working on this weekend to give the layout a mountainous look.



      The layout has sure come a long way from the blue foam stage.



      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • February 24, 2020 8:03 AM EST
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      I'll say ... great work there ... 

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    • February 24, 2020 7:04 PM EST

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      Excellent work as always Doc Tom!

       

      Blue Ridge ,Blue Foam ...still the Appalachians .

       

       

      This post was edited by Rooster at February 25, 2020 7:26 AM EST
    • April 2, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

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      Scared “sheepless” on the ET&WNC.

      ET&WNC engine #12 is barreling out of Linville N.C. and heading towards Geraldo’s farm tucked in a holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains.



      You would think Geraldo’s critters would be used to the steam locomotive calling for grade just outside his barn.



      But no, the sheep are scared and bleating up a storm and the ole gray mare is prancing and pawing the ground and ready to take off at a gallop.



      The only calm four legged mammal is Jessie, Geraldo’s milk cow. She is busy with a nice mouthful of cud and not to concerned about the contraption upsetting the peace of a summer’s day in 1921.





      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • April 3, 2020 7:35 AM EDT
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      All you need to do is figure out how to make old barbed wire ..Great work !

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • April 3, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

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      REDO OF PREVIOUS POST ,NOW WITH CORRECT SIZED PICTURES

      Scared “sheepless” on the ET&WNC.

      ET&WNC engine #12 is barreling out of Linville N.C. and heading towards Geraldo’s farm tucked in a holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains.



      You would think Geraldo’s critters would be used to the steam locomotive calling for grade just outside his barn.




      But no, the sheep are scared and bleating up a storm and the ole gray mare is prancing and pawing the ground and ready to take off at a gallop.





      The only calm four legged mammal is Jessie, Geraldo’s milk cow. She is busy with a nice mouthful of cud and not to concerned about the contraption upsetting the peace of a summer’s day in 1921.





      Thanks for looking.

      Doc Tom

    • April 9, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

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      The Linville River layout design element (LDE) on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

      The good ole boys have been hard at work constructing the next layout design element(LDE) on the ET and WNC RR in On30.



      We are back in the blue foam stage again. The river bottom is tempered hardboard and will be painted to look like a swift flowing river in the mountains.



      The through truss iron bridge over the river is a cutdown Bachmann “Plasticville” bridge in O scale. If you all know of any other iron truss bridge kits in O scale let this “ole boy” know.



      So far the bridge is doing its job to keep the feet of the steam lokie dry.



      Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

    • April 10, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

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      As always ..excellent work Doc Tom !

    • April 11, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

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      Rooster ' said:

      As always ..excellent work Doc Tom !

      Thank you Rooster. I appreciate the nod.

      Dr Tom

    • April 12, 2020 7:27 AM EDT
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      Great work!  Love the story line.  Thansk for sharing.

    • April 12, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

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      Ric Golding said:

      Great work!  Love the story line.  Thansk for sharing.

      Thanks Ric. Still plodding along with the build. More to come. DOC Tom

    • April 12, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

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      Color comes to the bridge scene on the ET&WNC in On30.

      To me, it is always amazing how a little paint and some ground foam can upgrade a scene on a model railroad.

      During the Easter holiday my little bridge on the “Tweetsie” went from:






      To this:





      I still have to weather the bridge and get some water in the river but that will be so much fun!

      Thanks for looking. Dr. Tom

    • April 13, 2020 8:35 AM EDT
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      Mighty fine !!

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      The light in the tunnel might not be an engine , but a light in the caboose of my own train on my Roundy Round Rail Road !    My empire is complete...I think...

    • April 19, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

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      I tried my hand at the first video on the new On30 Layout.

      Here is ET&WNC #11 doing a runby at the Linville Depot. The depot is in "mock up" with cardboard and foam core board.

      https://youtu.be/DxQLTjBBsdM

      Thanks for looking. Dr Tom

    • April 20, 2020 6:29 AM EDT
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      Great !

      This post was edited by Sean McGillicuddy at April 20, 2020 6:31 AM EDT
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    • April 20, 2020 11:08 AM EDT
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