Slate Creek Mining
This small layout displays the "Slate Creek Mine", or in German "Schiefer-Bach-Mine". On a relatively small area of 0,90m x 0,60m (2'11 1/2" x 1'11 3/4") the tunnel mouth of a gold mine emerged with an adjacent small depot. It isn't the adit of the gold mine, rather "only" air and supply gallery. Geographic location is anyplace in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The benchwork of the layout was made of 16 mm blockboard and 8 mm of plywood plates. For noise insulation the rails rest on a 2 mm cork layer. The tracks and turnouts were completely scratchbuilt again. I supposed the smallest radius of 3 1/2", rather an edge of a plate. The four turnouts were switched by Fulgurex drives, and I operate with the digital system DCC by LENZ. The terrain was roughly preformed of plastic mesh, then I sprayed it with polyurethane foam. When it was cured I trimmed to arrange the rock formation. A good piece of craftsmanship but a job that pays well. Now pasting several layers of toilet paper atop, and it's ready for painting and gradating - according to true slate.
I scratchbuilt all structures of different wooden profiles. The small covered turntable emerged of a sleeve of a sewage pipe and its fitted blind fastener. Because I control by hand, this inexpensive variation is complete enough.
A good portion of the cars comes from Pepper7 (UK), a few I scratchbuilt. The 3 Bachmann On30 engines was converted to Gn15.
The "workforce" comes from "RailRoadAvenue". In the shed and mine tunnel some selfmade lamps equipped with warm-white LEDs provide an atmospheric lighting. The pump in the front of the layout is powered by an electric motor.
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