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Always Gentleman Cy.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Always the perfect gentleman, Conductor Cy Crumley has stopped the train to see if Helga and Heidi need any assistance. Seems Mr Ford’s T model might be ailing. While its only a few miles more to Linville Depot, the reliable #11 is at the ladies disposal to help them in their hour of need.




Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

 

Wonderful work!! Enjoying the progress reports.

Todd


On May 15, 2020, at 9:45 AM, Tweetsie12 <jonahsnyder12190@...> wrote:

Looks Great Dean!


Re: Figures painted

Tom Grabenstein
 

Very nice. I like all the hardware ( brake lines, coupler lift bar) at the feet of the venerable Cy. Good job. Doc Tom


Re: Figures painted

William Uffelman
 

Excellent!

Bill Uffelman


Re: Figures painted

Lee Bishop
 

I repositioned my 3D print figure of Cy Crumley to where he really belongs, on a passenger car...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Curtis Brookshire
 

Very nice. I think you've done a fine job of capturing the scene at Cranberry. I especially like how you fit in the General Store. Like you I need mockups to better visualize because my mind thinks there's always more space than there is. Keep up the good work.
Curtis


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Chris Jessee
 

Hi Dean, great to see you making progress on the layout. I really like the idea of mocking all this up before building. 


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Lee Bishop
 

Wow, I'm very impressed!
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Tweetsie12
 

Looks Great Dean!


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

gftolhurst
 

Wow, that is going to be spectacular!


On May 15, 2020, at 8:16 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean
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Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Dean Smith
 

Tom,
    I had pretty good success using a photo of a model as a backdrop. I think I’ve posted this before, but I can’t find where I did, so I’ll include it here.  I didn’t have room for the Iron Furnace in Johnson City, so I hit upon the idea of using a photo of the real furnace as a backdrop.  I didn’t have much luck, until I thought of using a photo of John Waite’s furnace instead.  Since it is a model, it seems to fit right in.  I’m not sure this will work in your case, but it’s an idea.
 
Dean
 

Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 7:35 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Mock-up structures at Cranberry
 
Incredible!!!! Thanks for sending these beautiful pictures out. I am saving them for planning of my future build. I have room for the “ore concentrator” in O scale. It could be that 2D backdrops are behind this with a large pile of tailings to tie it all together.
Doc Tom

On May 15, 2020, at 7:08 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean <Pump house.jpg><Engine house.jpg><Mine complex.jpg><Ore concentrator.jpg><Town area.jpg><Long view.jpg><Long view.jpg>
 


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Tom Grabenstein
 

Incredible!!!! Thanks for sending these beautiful pictures out. I am saving them for planning of my future build. I have room for the “ore concentrator” in O scale. It could be that 2D backdrops are behind this with a large pile of tailings to tie it all together.
Doc Tom

On May 15, 2020, at 7:08 AM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean <Pump house.jpg><Engine house.jpg><Mine complex.jpg><Ore concentrator.jpg><Town area.jpg><Long view.jpg><Long view.jpg>


Re: Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Mark Lewis
 

Dean,

1 word...WOW!

Mark Lewis 
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 8:16 AM Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean


Mock-up structures at Cranberry

Dean Smith
 

I haven't actually constructed my Cranberry buildings yet, but Doc Tom asked if I had plans for my space, so I thought I would post photos of the mock-ups I have done for the Cranberry buildings. I don't visualize well, so it's really important for me to mock something up before actually investing in materials and time. It was necessary to selectively compress everything, but I hope I captured the essence of the scene.  I am happy with the operation, and the role of Cranberry Yard Master is a busy one during operating sessions. I also added ITT sound modules for the water tank and the ore concentrator, which are pretty neat.  Not sure when I'll get the buildings done, but I already own the Cranberry Store Kit and have an order in for the Depot, so they may be built sooner than later.  Thanks for looking.

Dean


Re: HO scale Cranberry depot

Tim Smith
 

Looking to order one of these soon Ken.   Do you know what the footprint of the depot in O scale is?  

Thanks

On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 2:21 PM kaa196212 <kaa196212@...> wrote:
I apologize there is an O scale version also.
Ken Anderson



--
Tim Smith
Train Shop Lead
The Dollywood Company
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
336-957-6464


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Bill. Crepe paper might work particularly for some of the irregular/small shapes on the prototype. Thanks for the idea.

Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Dean. The tree is from JTT miniatures with a plastic armature that I painted and weathered to try and imitate a Chestnut tree.
I also am looking at possibly using cedar “shingles” from doll house suppliers to stand in for the Chestnut Bark siding.

Here is the restored Linville Depot and I really like the unique wood siding.


Here is a photo “back in the day” that I also really like :


All Saints Episcopal Church in Linville also looks pretty sharp in Chestnut Bark siding:



I’m getting up the courage to model the depot in styrene soon………I hope.

Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

William Uffelman
 

How about cigar wrapper or crepe paper? Years ago an evergreen tree kit had  a stiff textured paper for bark.

Bill Uffelman 


On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Re: A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Dean Smith
 

Beautiful job!  When I hiked the AT three years ago, I saw so many chestnut sprouts growing out of stumps. So sad.  I know there is an attempt to cross an American Chestnut with the Chinese Chestnut to make a hybrid that can survive the blight.  I saw a small grove of these experimental trees on the trail.  Is the model a natural growth or an armature?  You did a great job on it.  BTW, my Linville station is also a cardboard mock-up until I can get around to building the actual structure. I have an old Webster Scale Models kit in HO that includes cedar shingles by Evergreen Hill Designs for the siding.  It looks like it should work well in HO.  I don’t know if such a product is available for O scale.   
Dean
 

Sent: Saturday, May 09, 2020 6:26 PM
Subject: [ETWNC] A Chestnut Tree before the blight.
 
Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


A Chestnut Tree before the blight.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Here's a little more to add to the story of the little railroad in the Blue Ridge.

A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent trees in the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge. Chestnut bark siding was used to cover several structures in Linville including the ET&WNC depot.





Now to find a suitable product to recreate this siding for the depot (in foam board mock up in the picture). Any ideas?????

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom

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