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
View across the tracks
Did you look carefully at the bottom left corner?
And yes you can believe your eyes
Grandad Big Foot was made on a 3D printer by daughter Annalise.
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.
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
Chief Operating Officer Frank Davis has put together a MOW (Maintenance of Way) Consist. The consist features two new(ish) items – a tank car and a steam donkey with a canopy. Both these were kitbashed by our President – Chuck Whitlock. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
The MOW tank car
The donkey engine replete with canopy
The MOW consist passing Carlson farm