582An Introduction, and a Question
- Apr 12, 2008Hello All,
I'm the new guy (rookie) on this forum. I modeled in N-scale for 35
years and had a 20'x28' Espee layout set in Arizona; I had hosted
monthly ops sessions for the last 15 years. Prior to Arizona, I
modeled the Imperial Valley, Beaumont Pass, and my first serious
layout was the Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles.
I've always loved small steam (a very difficult proposition in N-
scale), and narrow gauge trains. The turning point came when I heard
a friends O-scale locomotive complete with sound...wow! I was hooked.
So, the layout came down, and 150 locomotives and several hundred
cars went up for sale.
At first I was going to stay with the SP, but really wanted to do
something other than the desert (again!). I thought of fictionalizing
the V&T in narrow gauge, and was heading that way when I picked up a
copy of the, "Winter 2008 Modelers Annual". I discovered The NCNGRR
and had my prototype. The NCNG interchanged with the SP, had
exactly the kind of mix that appealed to me, and is set in a
beautiful landscape so it appeared from the pictures (I now have all
3 of the books on the Narrow Gauge). The truth is, I had never heard
of Grass Valley, and thought that Nevada City was surely in Nevada.
But, a little internet research confirmed what the black & white
pictures had to say about the area. I talked my family into making a
trip up there over spring break and discovered a fabulous area; we
ended up spending 3 days there. Unfortunately the museums were
closed, but we drove the area from Colfax to Nevada City and of
course I took tons of pictures. I will be coming back up in the fall,
which is the time period that I plan on modeling; I've heard the
colors are something to see.
I'm building a new O-scale layout in the same 20'x 28' train room.
The track plan is ready; I am going to set the layout in the 1912 to
1920's time period, (I found some 1909-1912 O-scale Model T's from
National Motor Company). The bench work is complete, and the back
drop painting is almost done. I am really looking forward to getting
some track laid, and this brings up a question. The books say that
the road bed was ballasted with tailings from the Eureka Mine, (we
visited the Empire Mine) but I was unable to get a handle on the
color of the tailings/ballast. I would hate to have to redo this part
if I guessed wrong, so I was hoping that someone could help me out
Garden Grove, CA
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