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Sidewall of my Sn3 pilot model.

Sidewall of my S-scale pilot model


Yankee Girl Mine.

    The Yankee Girl Mine still stands on side Red Mountain.

convention header.

        THUR. August 24, we're here (in Red Mountain)    

    We dutifully returned to the tradeshow Thursday morning.

trade show display

    With that done we hop in the car and head towards Silverton. The plan is to gather some colorful dirt, take a few photos and learn a few things. I have all the photos I need of Silverton but a few more won't hurt. We have lunch at the oldest building in town and then head up the hill to Red Mountain, the site of The National Belle Mine, one I've chosen to do as the next limited run kit for Builders In Scale.

City Hall, Silverton

The Silverton City Hall

we need this sign on my street

Red Mountain.

Natioanl Belle Mine ruins.

dap detail

    The detail we note is the "daps" (notches) in the timberwork. There are also mortise and tenons, we note with wood pins. I won't include these in the kit but it's fun to know they were there.

a big hole.

a big hole.

a big hole.

a big hole.

    We climb the hill and inspect the "Knob". There are several holes that have been picked clean. The geologic explination is these were cracks and fishers that were filled with volcanic steam/heated water that was rich in silver, lead and other valuable minerals. The miners followed this vanes 1400 feet down and in all directions.

view of Red Mountain.

view of National Belle Mine.

The Knob above National Belle.

    Back in Silverton we decide it is too late to make it back for the evening session so we head north again to explore some of the mine sites.

mining in Arrastra canyon

mining in Arrastra canyon

mining in Arrastra canyon

mining in Arrastra canyon

Mike, look what you did to me!

You gotta do what you gotta do!



        FRI. August 25, the show, San Juan Shops, dead time.    

        SAT. August 26, teardown, Aztec ruins and Chama    

        SUN. August 27, ride The Cumbres & Toltec    

        MON. August 28, Creede, Lake City, Crested Butte and Gunnison    

        TUE. August 29, Northern Nevada RR, Route 50    

        WED. August 30, N. Cal., DQ and home.    

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