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  • Porcupine Gulch Backyard Railroad - Current Work

    CURRENT PHOTOS AND UPDATES ON SECOND PAGE AS WELL

    As some may know/recall, my father and I work together on a backyard railroad at the family home in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is western themed, and heavily influenced by the old western amusement parks that started popping up in the fifties and beyond. Entering the summer months, we have a few things underway for the local backyard rail display club open house coming up, as well as for the rather large scale Halloween setup we do come fall. Let's take a look, shall we?

    Nice sunny but windy day today....






    Over in the train layout, very first initial stages of some new mountain building are underway.


    Rough plan/idea for the finished product.












    Another new addition will be a jail building "front" along this wall, with side open to allow visitors to pose for the typical "whacky snapshot"












    The first sign of DANGER, on the mine shaft building.....


    Which is also home to Porcupine Gulch's only year-round resident.

    Also in the planning stage is a little "mine entryway" to the side and behind of the Mercantile building, to house a new Halloween/yard haunt scene, but no vertical progress on that yet.

    Thank you for your time, and hope this was of enjoyment to some!
    Last edited by RegionsBeyond; 07-16-2010, 02:54 PM.
    when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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    That's really cool and looks very well done. Thank you for sharing these.

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      That is so nice!!!!. I had an LGB railroad in my backyard about 7 years ago, no where near as nice. I always wished I had the skill, or time, or passion...what-ever it is that drives you to build something so cool. I love model railroads, but just don't seem to have the focus...yeah, that's it - Focus to keep it up. I love seeing what others are doing. So creative! Thanks for the posting
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        Beyond awesome.










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          There is nothing as cool as trains!
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            I love it. Very inspired.
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              Thank you all for the kind words, it is a lot of fun to work, and as you can see, very personal in terms of "style" and inspiration, going the whole "old west tourist attraction route" as a whole.

              Going to be doing some carving for the new mountain today, likely. In the meantime, here are a few select shots from the Halloween setup from various years. Harder to photograph, but the train layout gets little lights and small figures as well, along with a special train with skeleton passengers.





              when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                Not gonna lie, I clicked this link after reading "Backyard Railroad" and was thinking that it was gonna be pretty lame.

                But, wow. That is pretty amazing. Well done!
                What an idiot....

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                  Was trying out my new tripod and night camera settings, so a few night shots....







                  when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                    Damn that looks so good. Very cool, you should be proud.

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                      Absolutely wonderful! What is so great about this is that you and your dad are working on this together. This will be something you will always remember.
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                        That is really cool!
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                          I look forward in seeing progress reports from time to time.
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                            Whoa!
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                              Pollardville! I grew up just down the road from Pollardville Chicken Kitchen and Ghost Town! We used to go to the Old West Vaudville Shows in the Pollardville Theater for special occations, birthdays and such. It was sad when Pollardville closed, also Frontier Village in San Jose and The Ponderosa Ranch have closed. Too bad these mom and pop places haven't survived. Big Valley Days in Pollardville
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