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hull above the waterline. When the pump is on, the bilge pumps spew out their streams into the bay. The ripples from the streaming bilge waste keeps the surface actively animated. I get more surprised reactions from visitors over this one feature. They cant help but try to touch the water to see if its real. Thats okay by me, since I have yet to have a guest actually break or damage my water all year. A few drops of bleach keep it scum free. I drain it between visits to cut down on the risk of moisture damage to the layout. A removable piling, off to one side of the bay, is used as a drain plug.

An award-winning model of a bantamweight Clyde Iron Works steam skidder creeps across Bondo Bridge. The bridge was built almost entirely out of auto body filler. The Clyde was modeled from an engraved illustration in Clyde Iron Works 1914 sales literature. It features DCC control and a smoke generator hidden in the hollow boiler.



Trees get cut down, loaded onto skeleton cars, then hauled to the log dump (Photo 5). After milling, the lumber is shipped out to the docks for distribution or sent by rail to the rest of the world. The Creech brothers maintain a nice selection of interesting locomotives. Besides the #2 Climax, they own a three-truck Shay, a 2-6-6-2 Baldwin tanker, an old 0-6-0 and a whole string of Climax and Russell skeleton cars. A few Grasse River style buggies are on the layout, as well as the visiting Coos Bay #1 Heisler.

Meet the Builder

Welcome, to the city of Woodland, which was constructed from the cast-metal craftsman kits marketed by Woodland Scenics. I like them for their whimsical proportions and detail. Passenger service is limited to only one coach. Ill build some more, eventually. This one has fully operational brake linkage.


The freighter is pumping out the bilge water in anticipation for a heavy cargo. The water is siphoned from beneath the hollow hull and then pumped through small holes in the side of the boat. The engine yards are visible beyond the docks.

Michael Bama Harman is a 46-yearold sign designer in Louisville, KY. He became enthused with the hobby after visiting a local train show to buy Thomas the Tank Engine supplies for his youngest son. He joined the K&I Modular Railroad Club and is active in Division 8/MCR/NMRA. Currently involved in the NMRA Achievement Program, Bama serves as the Division AP Chair. He enjoys scratchbuilding, sharing the hobby with his two sons and is still trying to convince his wife that model railroading is more than just a waste of perfectly good basement space. He is part of the student crew currently building the South Park Valley On3 layout during weekly instructional work sessions at Miles Hales residence. I have only four goals as a model railroader...earn the MMR, see my layout in a magazine, repay the efforts others have made to help me achieve the first two goals, and to weasel a few more feet of basement space away from my wife for more railroad.



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