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Thread: Building the Pinacle Creek Mining & Timber Co. RR

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    Default Building the Pinacle Creek Mining & Timber Co. RR

    This is my opening thread on the PCM&T. It is a small mining layout in SE Alaska up one of the fjords. It is October 1931. Shown is the woodworking being done over my old N scale layout. This layout will have three levels. The highest level will be reached by a switchback. There will be two mines, a logging camp and a 'Dolley Varden-type' ore tipple. Comments are appreciated. Jim

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    I'll try another photo.Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice that you were able to reuse a lot of the existing benchwork. Backdrop is cool. Looking forward to pics of the screen...
    Ian

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    Ian, Thank you. Maybe tomorrow. Jim

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    Looking good, already has that backwoods feel to it!
    We'll look forward to seeing the progress....
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    I like the benchwork...Looks like what I need to do.

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    Thats alot of elevation... I see your using the WS Foam. Is it easy to work with?
    Tim from Hanover, Maryland ( south of Baltimore )

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    Tim, Yes, I have use WS Foam on all of my layouts. I only used it on this one because it was left over from my N scale layout. I didn't want the subroadbed nice and smooth like the foam gives you. I used risers and plywood this time. I actually want ups and downs and crooked roadbed this time because that models a mining railroad build mostly by hand and mule teams. It is not perfect, but I like the look. HO trains, my Shay, Climax, and Heisler, will run fine on this layout.

    Now, if I was building a more modern diesel type layout I would certainly use WS Foam Risers. The system is a great way to go. Thanks, Jim

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    Rico and Devin, Thanks for the comments. Devin this benchwork is the "L-Girder" type of construction. I like it. Large layouts are probably best done this way. They are other methods but I like this one the best. Jim

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    Here is the idea I came up with while walking through Lowe's garden department. It is half inch square netting material. It is in the wire fencing section. If you notice on the previous photo the cardboard hills where folded in slightly. This gives me and anchor point for the top of the netting.

    I use hot wax to hold everything together. I will post a photo of that tomorrow. This netting feels as strong as carboard lattice and certainly paper rolls. Next I will cover this with Woodland Scenic Plaster Cloth. If you look closely you can see the wax on the cardboard and the track route. Jim

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