"Hazel Mine Diorama"
Official Web Site:
4' x 8'
Min. Turnout Frog:
Mainline Track Length:
benchwork: 100%; track: 100%; scenery: 5%
The S Scale Resource, Aug 2021, pg 44
The photo you see here are of three modules that make up a diorama. These have been demolished as of March 2021, and Peter is rebuilding them using lighter-weight material. Visit the web site for the latest. Photos will be updated when more progress has been made.
A general overview of the "layout" or diorama. One third of it has received the final ballast layer, and 31 trees have been planted (salvaged from the previous S-scale layout). Turnout-control is being finalized, after which the remaining ballast layer will be applied.
This shows an earlier view of the layout, showing how the sections are separated from each other for ease of transportation, should the need arise. Overhead lighting is done with lightweight aluminum framing and lots of LED strips. The one structure on the layout is the Fort Pitt Bridge Works in Canonsburg; one of its buildings butted into the space I am modeling. This company actually manufactured the steel framing for the Hazel Mine coal tipple that is the central feature of this diorama (its construction is scheduled after the track work has been finalized and thoroughly tested; you can see its concrete foundation already in place in these photos).