Author Topic: East Tennessee & Western North Carolina RR ("The Tweetsie") branchline in On30  (Read 23235 times)

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Dave, the layout takes place in the "Bible Belt," so would the O scale citizens of Stoney Creek consider this to be divine interference?  :D

Hahahahaha!!!  You must be a god.

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Hahahahaha!!!  You must be a god.
Hmmm... The God of Stoney Creek
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No, I don't think I'm going to use that, at least not publically

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I have just been invited to join a local round-robin operating group, all really good guys I'm familiar with (more than one MMR and most have been published lots of times) and I'm honored to be asked to join them.
As I got the COVID shot over a month ago, I'm far more open to the idea of taking part in op sessions than I certainly would have been before that (which is to say NOT at all before then).
It'll be so nice to eventually have people over for ops eventually. The last people who came over for ops was the OlyOps event in October 2019...

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A big surprise came in the mail yesterday, an ET&WNC spike recovered from work on the right of way just before you get to the first tunnel and covered Deck Bridge while heading toward Hampton from Elizabethton, just shy of milepost 13 on the old 3-foot gauge line. The man who sent it to me is with the crew clearing the old railroad right of way to extend the hiking trail from Elizabethton (I assume with new bridges eventually). That line never had standard gauge tracks on it, so now I know for sure I have a 3-foot gauge spike from the ET&WNC!

I had bought a couple of badly-worn spikes a few years ago from when they ripped out the tracks downtown Elizabethton, and I was surprised to see those matched the one I just got. Clearly they came from the same batch. While I assumed the other two (which I had cleaned up and painted) were from the steam era due to how badly pitted they were, I know for sure this one is as it came from a spot that was nowhere near the dual gauge and was ripped up in 1951.

Front to back:
1. Spike recovered from the Doe River Gorge from the 'Hillbilly World' tourist operation
2. ET&WNC spike recovered from the right of way between Valley Forge and tunnel one heading toward Hampton
3. ET&WNC spike from downtown Elizabethton
4. Modern sample spike, chromed
This shows the two ET&WNC spikes I painted with my latest narrow gauge one:

As I had no way to know if the first two were around the narrow gauge era (as they came from the standard gauge tracks in Elizabethton when they were ripped up in the early 2000s), preservation wasn't that big a deal to me. But this known narrow gauge spike, there's no way I'll paint it.
I'm looking for something to mount it to so I can hang it on the wall in my ET&WNC layout room.

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Very cool!  That’s a neat piece to add to your collection.

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Last week, I took some photos for a layout feature for O Scale Trains magazine, and while shooting a cover shot, I got this shot which didn't work as there's fascia on each side. So, I put it through some filters and really like how it turned out:

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I just took these videos on the layout,  using my tripod head for my cell phone:

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Greg Nidifer runs his train past an opposing commuter train bound for Buladeen with 'Captain' Cy Crumley waiting out back impatiently.

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Is that the printed rendition of actual Cy?

I swear I've seen one of those somewhere.

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Is that the printed rendition of actual Cy?

I swear I've seen one of those somewhere.
It is indeed. I got one of him and Sherman Pippin from this vendor: https://www.shapeways.com/shops/scalehumans