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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Got Milk? Well maybe if the cows relax after the whistle shrieks of the steam engine calling for the river crossing fade away and Geraldo can get his tiresome children to do some milking chores today. Doc Tom
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    No More Excuses. These two prototype pictures of the Depot inspired me to build the Linville LDE on my On30 homage to the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina (ET&WNC) Railroad. With the track painted and ballasted,the water tank and shed in place, trees and grasses planted,there are...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Hi Gandolf. The YouTube videos are how I learned to use the grass making machine. Model Railroader readers voted Woodland Scenics Static King the best so. Isprang for that. Works very well. The WS small vacuum is not so hot however. I have been able to recycle the static grass using the shop...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Hi Micah. Like I tell the guys in the choo choo club......"Its hard to screw up scenery." Especially using water soluble acrylics and products. Give it a whirl. Take a peak at Dave Frary's You Tube vids. A very good resource. Doc Tom
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    I got a static grass applicator in the mail recently. I thought I would give it a try. A little bit of a learning curve and You Tube Vids certainly helped. I have always liked this effect in "O" scale. I used a mix of Woodland Scenics 4 mm grass. I think the effect is rather nice. Thanks for...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Thanks Micah for the feedback. Here's a little more to add to the story of the railroad in the Blue Ridge. A chestnut tree at Linville on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Rail Road in the early 1920’s before the chestnut blight wiped out these magnificent...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Electricity was extremely rare in the rural Blue Ridge Mountains in 1920-1924. Geraldo’s kid “Sparkie”rigged up a crude generator to harness the water power in the creek out back of the farm. This allowed a simple light at the barn to turn night in to day. Cy Crumley stopped the train to...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Having decided that the trains would not derail on the freshly planted On30 track on the Linville LDE it was time for some groundcover, ballast and grade crossings. Everybody loves a train and here's a picture of the little people at a grade crossing. Here is the same scene when it was...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Thanks Bill. We can just imagine the Linville River is really high.:lolsign: Modeler's block is a hard one. I am not so creative, so when thinking of a layout , I would review plans in books and online. Glad to see a response top this thread nobody has been by in quite awhile. Thanks. Dr Tom
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    It was time to weather the bridge over the Linville River and put in some water. We went from this: To this: Using an interesting product called ModPodge you can make a shiny water surface on flat painted hardboard. Here are some classic railroad pictures of a train passing over a...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    I tried my hand at the first video on the new On30 Layout. Here is ET&WNC #11 doing a runby at the Linville Depot. The depot is in "mock up" with cardboard and foam core board. Thanks for looking. Dr Tom
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Color comes to the bridge scene on the ET&WNC in On30. To me, it is always amazing a little paint and some ground foam can upgrade a scene on a model railroad. During the Easter holiday my little bridge on the “Tweetsie” went from: To this: I still have to weather the bridge and get...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    The Linville River layout design element (LDE) on the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad. The good ole boys have been hard at work constructing the next layout design element(LDE) on the ET and WNC RR in On30. We are back in the blue foam stage again. The river bottom is...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    REDO OF PREVIOUS POST ,NOW WITH CORRECT SIZED PICTURES Scared “sheepless” on the ET&WNC. ET&WNC engine #12 is barreling out of Linville N.C. and heading towards Geraldo’s farm tucked in a holler in the Blue Ridge Mountains. You would think Geraldo’s critters would be used to the steam...
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    The Blue Ridge Stemwinder in On30

    Hi Bill, Glad you like the progress. In Haiti on the 26 th annual medical team. Internet actually working tonight. Looking forward to seeing your new project. Tom