The King Delta & Valley
We have been
pluggin' away like crazy since early February. We were planning our annual
St. Patrick's Day party and since that is one of our "non-railroad folk"
shindig's, I went maddog to get a lot done on the layout.
I wanted to at
least get the rough foam landscape for the second deck in as well as the
upper backdrop installed.
Well we trudged
along so nicely that we ended up getting not only those items ready, but
also used up our entire supply of BRAGDON'S Geodesic foam system to bring
the mountains to life, painted the backdrop blue and extended the upper
track in time for our party.
Moments before a
2o" X 3O" Bragdon foam panel is installed
Soon, after the
party, I continued with the upper mainline and finished the r-loop through
This is the first
meet up of the work train and our first Revenue Passenger train. This is
also the site of the future 20 stamp mill.
While I was pushing
hard on the rough'scape and track work, my construction foreman continued to
pester me to start the upper valance. I told him to do it himself and leave
me to the track work and now the rest is history
A finished valance
with my Lionel A.T.& S.F. 3751
At this point the construction phase of the KD&VJ Rwy
is finally over.
With the valance, lighting, night time lighting( we are using blue rope
light and wow does it look great) and the mainline r-loop finished, it was
now time to go back to designing and that is where we are in this last set
the small mining town located at the terminus of the layout, far right on
the upper deck. The reverse loop runs under the town. Rockridge is host to a
15 stamp mill based on the Carson Hill mill near Angels Camp, CA.
This is a mockup of the
mill. There is
a planned 15 stamp crusher higher up to the right that will transfer the crushed ore
via an enclosed conveyor belt. Carson Hill was one great looking complex and I only
hope I can do it justice. I am happy enough with the mock-up that I will
probably leave it in this state for quite sometime.
Oh yeah, the engine's are on lease from Colorado. The
is currently running with borrowed
engines( and on borrowed time if they don't start creating some kind of
revenue) until a few "California" class 2-8-0's can be acquired & DCC'ed
So we have now finished the complex
mock-up at this point. the 15 Stamp crusher has a through track for
the mine train. Crushed ore will be transferred to the mill via the conveyor
spanning between the buildings.
And below is a pic that shows both the
mill mockup and a copy of the picture of the Carson Hill mill, from the book
"Gold Mines of California" by Jack Wagner.