"Howdy Folks! Welcome to the little mining town of Rainbow Ridge, the gateway to Nature's Wonderland"

This is my documentation of my miniature re-creation of the long-gone Disneyland attraction: Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland. This is a selectively compressed model railroad, in On30 scale at 5' X 7.5' that has been in progress since September 2005. In May of 2016, I finally got the layout to a point where I declared it "finished".

I started the layout when I was a sophomore in high school with basic skills and over the years the layout has been improved and reworked in drastic ways to match my ever improving model making skills. In fact, since I started rebuilding the sections to better quality and standards, I've actually created a whole new layout, piece by piece.

This is a stand-by basis project without a deadline, so it tends to hit the back-burner a lot due to other things with higher priorities. But whenever I can, I'll give an update when there is something worth talking about. All of my updates since day one are here, which include photos, videos, and plenty of rambling notes and descriptions.

Aerial Model Shots

May 2013

February 2012

June 2011

January 2011

April 2010

April 2010 (early)

October 2005


A Snow White Sanctum said...

Just curious Sam, is Nature's Wonderland built atop the 20k "crawl-thru"?

Really enjoying your work. Just became a follower.

Sam Towler said...

It is in fact, maximizing space of the table complex! Thanks for following!

George said...

You're doing a great job, Sam! May I ask what colors you used for Cascade Peak and the Living Desert buttes?

Sam Towler said...

Cascade Peak used warm grays and off whites and the Living Desert used terra cotta, rusty browns, and off whites as well.

Kevin said...

Great work! Just a quick question…did you create the train itself or was that a bought item?

Balu T R said...

Great Job Sam

Robert Bartley said...

amazing work! bravo

John Reynolds said...

Truly amazing

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