Ooohhh...I think there is the word "coppermine" in the web address...??? It doesn't pertain to the layout... (although there was copper mining done in TN through the 50's - 60's along the old K&A division of the L&N RR...) My HOn30 layout was strictly a timber operation...At one time I did have plans to add an iron works, but never got around to it...
Drew, nice work!, all the way around!
WVM_nut, it may not be narrow gauge, but Mower lumber, AKA Cass Scenic railway, would be a good prototype to draw inspiration from. There is some impressive scenery there to model, and operate a railroad in. I have a couple of photos of the Greenbrier, where it runs through Cass, that I use as a basis for any river work, this riverbed was one of the projects where the photos were used as reference. http://www.zealot.com/forum/showthread.php?p=209228#post209228
My standard gauge Rr is logging, with a little iron action on the side. I get Iron ore and logs from a narrow gauge. My RR is set in south eastern TN. The copper basin down there saw a lot of copper mining. when I went through there in the 70's it looked like a moonscape! very little would grow in the heavy metal laced mine tailings. little is finished on my narrow gauge, but I have this scene, which is above eye level on a five level railroad.