Best Holiday Diorama in Fort Bragg

 

Who says? Me!!! And the pics below bear me out.

We have had a Seasonal display for the last couple of years. When we took it out this year we found that it had become quite tatty. So, Bill Shepherd built a new base. Jim Williams re-wired it. Chuck Whitlock refurbished all the old buildings, added new buildings and increased the number of people. The last “touch” was to add a plethora of trees. And the result? See for yourself:

[Click on any pic to initiate the gallery.]

Where can you see it in person? Just tootle down to the layout in Fort Bragg and it’s on the right hand side as you come in under the canopy of our soon to be Museum and Library Container.

Photo of the MCMR&HS President, Chuck Whitlock, by Stephanie Perdue

If you have been following my blogs recently you will find two blogs of photos donated by Stephanie Perdue. Click here and here to see them. I have, heretofore, posted all of Stephanie Perdue’s photos. I held back on one because I thought it merited its own blog:

Double click on the photo to see Chuck’s Bacon sannie in all its glory!!!!!!!

Chuck enjoying his bacon sannie framed by Tunnel #3

Chuck enjoying his bacon sannie framed by Tunnel #3

If you look carefully you can see the ribbing on the sides of the tunnel.

Logging the Mendocino Coast – Gone but not forgotten – at least by the MCMR&HS (the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad & Historical Society)

Our layout, alas, is within sight of the Pacific Ocean. As a result the portion of the layout and informational posters that are outside are assailed by constant salt laden breeze and wind to say nothing of UV. Club Member Roger Thornburn has been hard at work renovating the outside informational posters. I thought that this one was worthy of a post as it explains the club’s mission:

One of four signs at the entrance to the layout itself

Double click on the image to increase its size.

New Sign at the Mendocino Coast and Historical Society Layout

Since Father’s Day in 2013 (when we opened to the public) and today we have not had a sign to say who we were to differentiate ourselves from the California Western Railroad (CWR) – aka the Skunk Train. Having put a ledger along the top of the overhang of our soon to be Museum/Library we decided that there was room on the ledger announcing ourselves to visitors. Our first attempt wasn’t so hot:

Mendocino Costco Sign

Mendocino Costco Sign

Those responsible for the new sign – principally club members Joe Cooper and Lonnie Dickson  – were appalled at the chicanery and soon had it put right.

The Real Thing with Lonnie Dickson pointing to his handiwork

The Real Thing with Lonnie Dickson pointing to his handiwork

Los Desperados of Fort Bragg, California

AKA the members of the Mendocino Coast Model Railroad and Historical Society (MCMR&HS).

Club Members

Club Members – Click to enlarge

Who’s who?

Back row – left to right:

Basil, Chuck (president), Ginny, Joe D, Steve, Roger, Earl and Frank (chief operating officer)

Front Row – left to right:

Bruce, Ben, Joe C, Tony (curmudgeon) and Jim

Individually and collectively they are all wanted!!!!!!

The pic was taken June 30th, 2018 by Nancy (Roger’s wife)

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge – a feature being constructed on the G Scale Mendocino Coast Railroad & Navigation Company

In the north west corner of our layout a ten foot high hill is being constructed – Three Chop Ridge. Why name the hill Three Chop Ridge? The logging operations along the Mendocino Coast began as a result of the wreck off of Point Cabrillo of the schooner Frolic en route from China to San Francisco in 1850. The remains of the Frolic were discovered after an archaeological dig on Three Chop Ridge at a Pomo village unearthed Chinese pottery and silk. Detective work connected the finds to the Frolic. Our layout has a diorama of Point Cabrillo. Building Three Chop enables us to depict the history of the Pomo who spent time each year at Point Cabrillo and on Three Chop Ridge.

Here’s Mike Aplet taking a break from constructing Three Chop Ridge:

Mike Aplet resting whilst building a model Three Chop Ridg

Mike Aplet resting whilst building Three Chop Ridge

Three Chop Ridge will be over ten foot high (250 scale feet) when complete. As Mike was way upon high he was asked to take some pics of the layout as the Pomo might have seen it.

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #2

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #2

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #3

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #3

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #4

View from the top of Three Chop Ridge #4

Three Chop Ridge from the grounf

Three Chop Ridge from the grounf