As you can gather from the previous post the fact that I had never finished ANY layout did not stop me from building a 135 foot long HO “monster” – The Ten Mile Branch. Well, fools rush in where angels fear to tread. My next idiotic move was my decision to build a prototypically accurate … Continue reading
When the Mendocino Model Railroad and Historical Society (MCMR&H) got the toss from their premises downtown and were unable to find another joint to house their “Skunk” layout my febrile brain got to wondering if it was possible to have a “Skunk” layout outdoors. After lengthy cogitation and negotiations with wife Soggy about a lease for the … Continue reading
The tallest living tree stands at 367 feet, 6 in, or five stories higher than the Statue of Liberty. It is the Mendocino Tree, a coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) found at Montgomery State Reserve near Ukiah, California, USA. It is estimated to be over 1000 years old. The tree was last measured in September 1998, … Continue reading
I was talking to a couple about the trestles we have on our layout. They were very interested and, I think, quite surprised that an aged accountant knew so much about them. As usual I was basking in the thought that somebody actually thought I knew my onions. And then came the zingers: “Which was … Continue reading
Our website has this to say about the Caspar Lumber Company inclines: The first two inclines (shown in yellow) on the map above belonging to the Caspar Lumber Company were just up one side of a hill and down the other side of the hill. The logs were pulled to the top of the hill and then … Continue reading
It’s the truth!!! Here’s daughter Annalise e-mail: “Went for a walk in the freezing rain and saw this. Reminded me of you so I snapped a picture. Seems very out of place in New York City. Was stuck to the bottom of a lamp post.” I agree – wonder who put it there? And the … Continue reading
And what did the City of Fort Bragg look like about that time – The current Skunk Train depot is at the foot of Laurel and the Deli Cafe where our club meets for its regular wednesday brekkers is across from the depot on Laurel.
This blog entry starts with an e-mail I received from Philip Brown, “You have a story on your website titled “Heroines at Sea” Philip is absolutely correct. It’s worth repeating here: “Year: 1910 Headlines in San Francisco Papers: 16 and 19 year-old Heroines Help Save Sailing Schooner “W.H. Talbot” The story: In April 910 the schooner … Continue reading