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#1 Southwest Chief

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Posted 06 January 2009 - 08:21 PM

Took some new winter photos of the layout:

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#2 Dejoh

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:10 AM

[quote name='Southwest Chief' date='Jan 6 2009, 9:02 PM' post='128586']
Took some new winter photos of the layout:

Very nice indeed. Is this a working layout or a camera scene?


#3 Southwest Chief

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 10:33 AM

Yep it's a "working" layout. Not so much though in the winter wink.gif

Take a look at the video on our website home page for a cabride along the entire route.

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#4 Tony

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 02:17 PM

Hello Matt
Oh man if the snow was that high in full scale blink.gif . Cool shots.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 03:23 PM

Hi Tony,

If I measured and converted right, it works out to about 50' of scale snow. Could be more like 70' of scale snow if I measure from the bottom of the embankment this section of the layout is on.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:02 PM

Oh the joys of being MOW... could you imagine digging that out in real life? I'd prob'ly hand in my papers on the spot! laugh.gif
What is the real depth of the snow, about 12 inches?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 05:44 PM

QUOTE(oldrailfan @ Jan 7 2009, 3:43 PM) View Post

What is the real depth of the snow, about 12 inches?


From track to the very highest point of snow was about 27". I didn't measure from the bottom of the embankment since it was buried. The snow next to the train in most of the photos was around 18" high. So roughly 34' of scale snow I think? (Scale here being 1:22.5)

Maybe they should have called out the rotary like in years past. But in years past when I've done winter runs the snow wasn't higher then the rolling stock:

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:11 PM

Hello Matt
Does the rotary actually work?

Cheers Tony cool.gif

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:16 PM

QUOTE(Tony @ Jan 8 2009, 12:52 PM) View Post

Hello Matt
Does the rotary actually work?

Cheers Tony cool.gif


Not too well. It does spin, but can only plow very light powder. Part of the problem is it's track powered. This does not work too well on icy rails. I'm converting it to battery power so this might help.

This is about the only photo I have where it's throwing snow:

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