New Forest Diorama on the Outside North Wall

After our first attempt at “planting” a five foot (200 scale feet) failed – it toppled over when the base failed President Chuck Whitlock decided a new approach was necessitated. With Lonnie Dickson’s help using trees created by me they created a whole diorama. To solve the prob of the big tree toppling again a huge bolt was inserted through the base and 10 inches into the trunk. How does this all look? Well:

What the visitor sees

What the visitor sees

View across the tracks

View across the tracks

Did you look carefully at the bottom left corner?

And yes you can believe your eyes

And yes you can believe your eyes

Grandad Big Foot was made on a 3D printer by daughter Annalise.

Camp at the Bottom of the Incline (located just inside the west door of the Barn)

The bottom of the incline is a busy place. Ernestine (a Rogers loco) is waiting to leave. Ernestine is on of the oldest locos that the club (The Mendocino Model Railroad & Navigation Co.) owns. She is a stellar performer and was named after Basil Casabona’s mother. The parked diesel is actually an articulated track cleaner. Alas, the incline has not, as yet, been automated – work for another day.

Incline Camp

Incline Camp

Pomo Native Americans Salmon

Before the arrival of the white man on the Mendocino Coast there were buckets of salmon. Early settlers recalled catching them by hand as they went upriver. The salmon provided food to the Pomo Native Americans. In addition to eating it fresh they smoked it in order to keep it. As part of our diorama of the wreck of the Frolic we have a mini diorama of the Pomo smoking salmon. The diorama is very realistic as it looks as if the fire doing the smoking is alight. Daughter Annalise took this picture ……..

Pomo Native Americans smoking salmon

Pomo Native Americans smoking salmon

MOW (Maintenance of Way) Consist

Chief Operating Officer Frank Davis has put together a MOW (Maintenance of Way) Consist. The consist features two new(ish) items Рa tank car and a steam donkey with a canopy. Both these were kitbashed by our President РChuck Whitlock. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

The MOW tank car

The MOW tank car

The donkey engine replete with canopy

The donkey engine replete with canopy

The MOW consist passing Carlson farm

The MOW consist passing Carlson farm