I shut down the automatic registration for the website. Something like 80% of the registrations were spam. That is AFTER having a multitude of anti-spam plugins .. AntiSpam Simple, CryptX, User Spam Remover, Stop Spammers and Registration Honeypot. I give up and am going with this manual registration.


logo-jackieFrom Wikipedia – “Mimesis (Ancient Greek: μίμησις (mīmēsis), from μιμεῖσθαι (mīmeisthai), “to imitate,” from μῖμος (mimos), “imitator, actor”) is a critical and philosophical term that carries a wide range of meanings, which include imitation, representation, mimicry, imitatio, receptivity, nonsensuous similarity, the act of resembling, the act of expression, and the presentation of the self.[1]” Micro is a word that comes from the Greek μικρός (mikrós), meaning “small”. It can be used to indicate a smaller than average scale (microscopic scale), as opposed to prefixes mega and macro, which can be used to indicate a larger than average scale. Combining the two gives (shrugging here) – Greek: μικρός μίμησις (mikrós mīmēsis) which I translate (tongue in cheek) as “small mimicry”. 1. ^ Gebauer and Wulf (1992, 1).
The Fuzzy Possum
FuzzyPossumThis is my store on Shapeways. I actually prefer sending people to my MicroMimesis store . but there is more in this store .. just harder to find stuff. Still .. *shrug* ..
YouTube Model Builders eMag
emagcoverissue12The November 2016 issue of YouTube Model Builders eMag features my layout – “a photo essay journey of his layout that is full of textures, color tonality, and fidelity“.

You can download your copy of the eMag at this link .. or register for a Free Subscription on the eMag webpage. Here you can download all of the eMag issues.

I suggest you visit the home page for YouTube Model Builders for links to videos, hangouts, contests and more.

The January 2017 issue of YouTube Model Builders eMag features an article by me – “The Many Layers of Rust, Dirt and Grime“.

You can download your copy of the eMag at this link

History of the Lugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad page. This is a work-in-progress but I think I will have the Lugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad come into existence around 1935 with the acquisition of the portions of the North Western Railroad from Camden up through North Carolina with a connection to the On30 Deep River Railroad which is represented by my layout. I was thinking that a short length of standard gauge track with a crossing tower would work for that – but – the question then comes up .. why if you have a standard gauge/narrow gauge intersection would you bother loading the narrow gauge hoppers? More on that in a bit …

This blog is place for me to talk about my model railroading. My On30 layout stared as two modules that I called the Lugoff and Camden Railroad. I just happen to live in Lugoff, South Carolina with Camden only two miles away. The concept has evolved since then. Currently there is the LC&NRRLugoff, Camden and Northern Railroad (Standard Gauge), the DRRR – The Deep River Railroad (On30) and the HVCCThe Hill Valley Coke Company (ON18).

The model railroad has little connection with reality (much like myself) other then the names as the terrain I portray is nothing like that which is actually here. I’m actually making progress in figuring out where the line is located! So far, the terrain is mountainous and – for the moment has very little vegetation.

It is set in the late 1930’s / early 1940’s time period .. again .. I haven’t focused in on a specific date (yet).

As I said, it started as two On30 modules. I decided at an early stage to design the railroad around some coke ovens. Normally a coke oven bank would consist of hundreds of ovens since they were built mostly to support steel mills. My little bank of sixteen ovens (in my imaginary universe) are made to support local commercial use such as foundries.

There is one siding for the ovens and a bit of water a bridge crosses (the Caddo Creek). There is currently a pump-house and a small dam. The siding is On30 .. amazingly representing 30″ track .. not 24″ or 36″. My story is that the owners started off as an aggregate company and owned a mine in South America served by a 30″ gauge line. When the mine ran out the company shipped the locos and equipment back to the US for use in moving aggregates – and in the small section I am portraying, coke. I am currently calling this line the Deep River Railroad (DRRR). This is named after the coal area of North Carolina existing along the Deep River.

What I find amusing is that I haven’t any standard gauge (LCNRR) at all on my layout .. with On30 according to the above should be the Deep River Railroad – DRRR. To be correct .. I need to change the page title and logo to reflect that!

Up above, there is an even smaller gauge track – On18 (HVCC – Hill Valley Coke Company). This is N gauge mechanisms running on HOn30 track. This actually works out to around a 17″ gauge but it is ‘nominal’ to refer to it as 18″. The line runs off the layout to a coal mine and delivers (well .. will deliver) raw coal to a coal bin on the right side of the layout. From there it will pass through a coal breaker then to a washery where the coal and shale will be separate. The washed coke will be moved via a conveyor to a coal tipple located above one end of the coke ovens. On top of the coke ovens a larry track will pass under the coke tipple so that the larry can run to each oven and charge it with a load of coal.

Let’s try putting up interesting things I find on the net here on the home page. There are always cool videos floating around.

A look down my fascia
I’ve published bits and pieces along the fascia of my layout- The Deep River Railroad but not an overall look at the 10ft of the layout edge.
Grass Tufts
A little experiment using white glue and water .. and .. Acrylic Fortifier. Not a “How To Do It” – but more of a “Show and Tell”. when the video ends I get a “next video” with a good tutorial on making these.
Modeling Paths
Kathy Millat: “Every layout or diorama needs a path somewhere for its little people to get from one bit to another. In built up areas it may be a passageway with a few scraps of dead looking grass and weeds along the edges.”


Home — 32 Comments

  1. Ed, I’d like to send you a couple pictures of a pair of Plymouth locomotives that belong to my brother to see if you could dimension them in SketchUp. I’m still working on that but haven’t gotten to that part yet and yes, I bought a dummies book but am on vacation so it’s still hard to find time! Let me know how I can do that if you’d be interested or just let me struggle with it and I’ll find the time eventually. Shawn thought you might be willing to do this as we are working on an article about these engines.

    • Sure. Would love to do that. The only thing I need in addition .. is at least one measurement that we know from the photo. A wheel, a window width .. whatever. Once the thing is in Sketchup I can then scale everything off the known measurement. No biggie .. I can always find something to scale off of .. but thought I would mention that ‘just in case’ you had a ‘known’ dimension.

      I think I will create a ‘Sketchup’ page

  2. I recently bought an old Marx Company train set with a bridge. I don’t have it at the house to look at model # and I am not into trains per say. Right now I am immersed in learning French, so, I would like to pass it on. Is there a market for such? My untrained (pardon the pun) eye would rate it on the 1 – 10 scale as 6 or 7.

  3. I have two of my locomotive’s I’ve been practicing weathering on, but my account to RailroadLineForum’s is acting up on me and I can’t retrieve it! You might remember me as Cattle Creek Railroad. Would you be gracious enough to help me find a place to post the photo’s?

    • Cody – sure, I remember you. You need to register first so I have a username to work with – the ability to post to the page needs that first. When you do that send me the username and what you want the Modeler’s page name to be. You can do that via the contact tab at the top of the page. I added instructions to the ‘Posting to your Page‘.

  4. I saw you at the Train Show. I was very impressed. Like I said I have seen how to make scenery online before. But never what you showed me. Thanks great job! Right now I’m in the process of building my layout. I’m still just getting the track together. The price of Fastack isn’t cheap. Its going to take me a few Train Shows to gather up the track I need. Then the fun starts (Oh Joy LOL) when I start building scenery. Since seeing what you do and how you do it. Makes scenery making just a little easier. Most of all, I think it looks more realistic than what I have seen online.

    • Well thanks Mike. In the past I used rock molds but once I found that I could get good results with things like foam and plaster that kind of took second (or third) place. I just got back from WalMart – had to pick up a couple of items .. and while walking around found myself wishing I lived closer to a Michaels. I want to do some relatively minor modifications to my layout but found myself wishing I had access to some Sculptamold. I had seen some formulas for ‘Ground Goop’ and wanted to try it. Thing is .. I am NOT going to make a 30mi round trip just for that .. I’ll stick with the tried but true paper towels and plaster. 🙂

  5. Hello Edward,

    I am interested in purchasing 36 of your bridge shoes for an On30 layout.

    Can you please advise if this is possible?

    best regards
    Geoff Potter
    Wamberal NSW Australia

  6. Nice layout and Web site. I am from Pennsylvania, but my brother lives in Camden and used to live in Lugoff. The name of your layout caught my eye immediately. Thank you for sharing your layout and ideas.

  7. Ed, I’m here because of a link you posted on the JE amazon forum. I’m David Croze there and polarbytes on the JE forum. I think we have communicated in the past about various things music related. But on to rr.
    Like what you are doing. I was in On3 for awhile, still have some rolling stock and structures and a small shelf layout. But my main focus is SN3, the Argentine Central in Colorado, have a rather large layout. No website, too lazy. Anyway, again, congrats I’ll make this place a regular visit.

    • Dave. Glad to meet with you then. I usually hang out at The Railroad Line Forum and The Whistle Post. TWP has a chat room where some of us talk .. usually 9pm ET on Sunday. Lately has been a meet on Saturday talking up Cardstock modeling. Feel free to jump in here and comment.

  8. Hi Ed. I’m on Railroad Forum and Westlake Publishing (Finescale) under TRAINS1941. Been following you for a long time.
    Just thought it would be nice to see what you have going on here in one place.

    Very nice. I’ll be back weekly to see how and what your up to.


    • Jerry. Glad to have you here. PLEASE .. feel free to comment on anything. That was one of the reasons I went to a WordPress format so I can interact with people.

  9. Ed that Tree Book if you need anything copied let me know. I bought that Vol 1 when it first came out. Only because Sir Nick recommended it.

    It is a good book for sure.


  10. Sometimes your sayings are just to much!!! Loved this one!!!

    I’m quitting this modeling gig and going to move to Utah and become a Tofu farmer


  11. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?

    My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks
    like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet
    without my agreement. Do you know any methods to help protect against content from being ripped off?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  12. Greetings, Ed. I had gotten “distracted” with 1:1 modeling again and had to set the 1:48 things aside for a while. Having not checked the forums in a while, I was disappointed to see that The Whistle Post appears to have gone under permanently. I hope you are doing well and am looking forward to seeing more of your fine modeling.

    • Yeah. Same thing here .. I tried to goto the page one day and it was gone. A shame. I could add a simple chat I suppose to this website but IMO .. Google Hangout is MUCH better. I was talking to others about this. I may try to get into the Freerails chat room tonight and see if we can set something up.

    • Yeah .. had been having major issues with spam and had it set so .. basically .. new people couldn’t sign up. Fixed that.

      I sent you an email .. you can contact me there .. or via the Contact link at the top right of this page .. or give me a call.

  13. Hey Ed glad you answered my question even though I posted in the wrong place.

    Tell the truth I haven’t been here as much either. But I sure do like what your doing.

    Glad your going to spend some more time on RR here.


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