"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.








May 2012 Update

I don't have anything new to update on for this month, unfortunately, been busy with other things. However, I do  have a new photo for this month; a shot of the layout, one "foggy" morning...


5 comments:

... But It Wasn't Always That Way! said...

Wow! That looks amazing. Thank you for preserving the beauty of this classic, and for sharing it with us.

D. L. Meek said...

Great job Sam. When this photo showed up in my news feed I thought it was a long lost shot from the actual attraction!

Gregory Wright said...

Sweet!

ryanbaldwin said...

Terrific photo- terrific modeling. Even with the photo full size, it looks as though I could step into it. How did you achieve the foggy affect? Is the photo taken outside? Is this a filter of some type?

Sam Towler said...

The photo was taken inside--inside a room full of fog from a fog machine. I didn't use any filters other than color balancing. I did have to cut out the background, which resulted in some messy matte lines. It was a test photo, eventually I'm going to do a series of these when the layout gets closer to completion.

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