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The logging camps gallows turntable heads a loco toward the water tank. The tower features an animated spout that is raised and lowered by a Tortoise switch machine mounted under the table. The counterweight cables were made from human hair for its strength and flexibility. My assistant is either going to have to grow, or get himself a stool to stand on!

body filler over a carved block of foam. The railing blocks were carved from strips of Bondo, and then added separately. My wooden high trestle was actually built on my workbench before the gorge existed. It free floats in the chasm in Photo 7, since none of the supporting posts are anchored on, or even touch, the gorges surface. The only contact with the layout is at the roadbed. By sliding back the rail joiners, the entire assembly can be removed for maintenance and cleaning of the gorges resin water floor. That says a lot about the sturdy design and construction of these types of structures. I built the curved wooden low trestle span (Photo 6) in place. Since its one of the prominent features of the first view a visitor sees when entering the room, it needed to be

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Bridges

Five different types of bridges are modeled on my small layout. The curved masonry span in Photo 9 was built using Bondo auto-

Creech Brothers #2 Climax delivers the goods to the log dump. The lake holds almost two gallons of Envirotex epoxy. The lake had to be deep or the logs would simply appear to be sitting in a mud puddle. The lake is about 1 1 / 4 deep, with a detailed and sculpted bottom. embedded into the lakes surface. The bents are cluttered with all sorts of debris details and sunken junk. My little plate-girder bridge was thrown together from an Atlas carload. The bridge was simple and cheap to build, but still very effective. My favorite bridge, and surprisingly the most difficult to build, is the felled-log bridge over the deep ravine (see Photo 2). I tried building it from the bottom up, notching each log Lincoln Log-style as I went up. However, the last couple of layers werent working out. No matter how hard I looked for suitably sized sticks, I couldnt find the right logs that would give me the correct height to match the rails elevation. I ripped it all out and started sizing the logs from the top down instead. This time I just gave the ravine a deep coating of Sculptamold before bedding the bottom timbers in place. The rest were

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Cypress Points curved trestle bridge overlooks Lakeside Lumber and Parker Mill. Both structures are animated. The lumber mills interior is complete with a working line shaft, scratchbuilt saws, transfer tables, trimmers and a rotating ventilation fan. Parker Mills brass and wood water wheel slowly turns on a Vollmer mechanism.

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