One of our neighboring sites has a monthly photo contest as well and this months theme is disasters. The deadline is the end of August and I've been procrastinatin' something fierce. I had an image in my head of a grand derailment but could find no place adequate on my layout to pose a scene. I therefore decided to build a small diorama instead. I started by cutting two pieces of foam... one for the base, and one for the backdrop. The base is 2' wide by 1' deep and the backdrop is 2' wide by 1' tall. I then went scrounging around for parts and pieces to see what I could find. In an old box, I found 3 F7A's and a bunch of old cars that I felt I could donate to the cause. I also found an old backdrop. It's for HO I think, but what the hey, it works. Last night, I figured if I didn't just sit down and finish it, it probably wouldn't get done. I started with three old flex track pieces and proceeded to design a crash site. I laid out the engines and the freight to see what kind of possibilites I might have. Lo'n'behold, three hours later, I had something I felt worthy of the challenge! I tried hiding incense sticks in behind things to add some smoke but it was so thin and wispy, it turned out nonexistant in the pictures. Perhaps some emergency vehicles and some equipment will happen along soon to get this mess cleaned up. Who know, it's only a secondary line so it might stay like this for a while!