This is part of an e-mail that I received from club member Mike Aplet:

“[This] is a video of an excellent hillside model train layout that very much approximates our west wall. I didn’t bother to check on which scale it is. I simply was impressed by the realistic landscape details including rock and foliage. The scale doesn’t matter.”

Hope the link works as it is to Facebook:

GEOFF NOTT

FIRST TIME i MET GEOFF NOTT IN 1998. tHIS IS VERY OLD ANALOG FOOTAGE OF THAT DAY. LlAYOUT HAS SINCE BEEN DESTROYED..Enjoy "what was" , but was recorded for an inspiration to others

Posted by Miniature Dioramas, Modelling, Structures & Scenery on Thursday, January 25, 2018

Great layout …… I got several ideas for our layout whilst watching.

 

Alpine aka Duffy – a town that was at the 18.1 mile mark from Fort Bragg on the Skunk Route

Elk wasn’t always Elk. It was once called Greenwood. Duffy was once Alpine. Why the name changes? In California all towns having a post office had to have a unique name. There were two Greenwoods and Alpines hence the name changes.

When Alpine was a thriving community it was the end of the CWR (Skunk Train) route. It had a population of about 1,200 and was bigger than Fort Bragg at the time. The town included a tavern, a school and a post office. A fire in 1919 destroyed the buildings and the town was never rebuilt.

Stagecoaches came to Alpine from Willits via a ridge route and passengers alighted from Comptche (12 miles away) and Port Bragg.

Stagecoach at Duffy Depot

Stagecoah loading at Duffy - a town that existed along the CWR/Skunk Train route

Stagecoach loading at Duffy

 

Minion Hijack on the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad

Our layout is, at heart, an attempt to show the visitor how logging took place along the Mendocino Coast in the late 1800’s through the early 1949’s. But, as Frank Davis our Chief Operating Officer will tell you, a little whimsy is VERY popular with guests. Frank provides whimsy with a pack of Minions that have descended upon the layout. Frank is continually moving our Minions tribe around – so, you just never know what you might find those despicable little yellow fiends doing. One day the Minions decided that hijacking a MOW (Maintenance of Way) yarder and a Crummy belonging to the loggers was a good idea!

Here are the boys off on their adventure.

minion Hi-jack a MOW on the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad

Hijack under way ……

HOLD IT, HOLD It, HOLD IT ……… we’ve forgotten two of the guys!!!!!!

HOLD IT we've forgoton two minions - scene from the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad

HOLD IT!!!!!!!!

Come on – pedal to the metal – we’re being followed!!!!

Minions escaping with a MOW on the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad

Is this fun or what?????

Want to see what the boys are up to right now? Come on by  our railroad……..

 

 

 

What’s it like at the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad’s layout when we are open to the public?

These pics taken by daughter Holly Phillips give you an idea.

Looking toward the North End of the Layout

Looking toward the North End of the Layout

The Banner at the top of this photo is the only thing left from the Club's first aborted layout

The Banner at the top of this photo is the only thing left from the Club’s first aborted layout

You can see a lady taking photos. We reckon about 150 to 200 photos get taken by visitors every time we are open.

You can see a lady taking photos. We reckon about 150 to 200 photos get taken by visitors every time we are open!

A typical day at the office!