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Progress on the layout has been pretty
steady, the crew has been coming by pretty regularly on Tuesday evenings and
needless to say, the superintendent is grateful! With the NMRA 4d Summer
Meet fast approaching (August 18-19) the goals shifted a bit from, just get this
thing as far as we can, to let's get the Black Diamond area as close to done as
possible and let the rest take care of itself. Well, that meant a lot of
time invested on one area by the super, yours truly, to get it going and get 'er
Black Diamond is key, as it has two main
features; the mine and Molzahn Bridge. For those who are new to following
the RGW, Dick Molzahn, who passed away a couple of years ago, was a very good
friend to many in this area. I considered him a great friend, a superb
modeler and a true fan of railroads of all shapes and sizes. In 1998 Dick
surprised me with a hand crafted bridge built for
my first RGW iteration.
It has never been put to use, as the first RGW never got far enough and this
version is just now rounding into shape. I have waited for years to put
Dick's masterpiece to good use and today, by golly, It finally went into its
And Now, This:
I hope my friend is pleased with the
result. RIP Dick, you are truly missed.
Here are a couple of shots of the Black
Diamond mine area. I ended up building this almost like a diorama, so it could
be removed while areas were scenicked behind or around it. I am well
pleased with the result, with several more details still to go.
The blue foam is nearly 100% in, perhaps a
couple more hours of work and it will be done. I am excited by Scott's
creativity on the tunnel portals below Franklin and will detail them as soon as
he has them complete. Doug is ripping it up in the base coat scenery
painting, so the blue hue is about gone, thank goodness. Finally, the
Steel Viaduct built by Wain is done and we are putting the final touches on the
base before going to town on the scenery for that area. Once it is in, I
will update photos on that too. Until next time, thanks for checking in!
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