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The brand new modern interlocking tower overlooks the heart of the layout the engine house and turntable, as well as the switchyards most important turnout. Its the one on the far right that will guide the small freight coming around sawmill bend into the yard. 70 ' c urved trestle, and one nice tunnel. Both bridges are Campbell kits. The water beneath them was made from Envirotex epoxy. The scenic motif for all of this is the moderate elevation of eastern California, near the Nevada border where desert blends to grass and chaparral, then to fragrant pine forests. That inspiration came from my travels through Californias Mother Lode country, east of Sacramento heading for places like Carson City, Nevada. The era is a step back to the 1930s, so its all steam. Of the four gold mines, the biggest and most complex, is Green Arrow Mine. Its at the very top of Dog Tooth Mountain. It has a vertical shaft, mine head frame, and a two-chute tipple. The mountains name (hence the railroads) derives from the jagged, jutting, tooth-looking rock formations, and many of these rocks are real. I got them from the hills just west of Perris, California. Im especially proud of they way I blended (both structurally and with paint) the real rocks with ones I made from plaster or cut foam. So you are right, Dog Tooth Mountain Railroad is really two railroads morphed into one. The original urban section is a Atlantic class No. 7 is topped off with coal. Next, shell act like a switcher and move that caboose out of the way so she can fill up with water, then shell pull forward and get her allotment of sand. To the left is Dog Tooth Mountain Railroads oldest engine the real switcher a wood-burning Climax.

Between the truss bridge and trestle, backing slowly down the dangerous four-percent grade, Dog Tooth Mountain Railroads Heisler tows a fresh load of gold-rich ore from Green Arrow Mine.

With a handcar shanty in the foreground, a ten-wheeler is topped off with coal before her next run. Well in the background to the right is Stilt Mine, Dog Tooth Mountains second largest source of gold-rich ore.

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