Enterprise Mining Co

O Scale Narrow gauge Railroading

Overview

The Enterprise Mining Co is constructed on a pair of layout sections as a generously sized diorama built by Laurie Green. Laurie is a prolific builder and continues to move onto new projects once a concept is proven and completed for public show. The structures combine elements from various geographic locations into a typical mining scene. Functional features are apparent in all of the buildings and mining structures.  The home-built construction from timber shows in the loading hopper, water tank and buildings. 

This diorama was completed in early 2000 and has subsequently found a new home when Laurie sold it to regain space for his modelling.

Scenes from the Hill

Taking a long view from across the valley we see that the mine has water in abundance from the adjacent creek. Timber also abounds on the hills and production is full swing.  There is little space for the railroad so the track and buildings are strung out along the side the hills.  The "ENTERPRISE" looks successful, and it is.

  

 A box car from the right is ready to be shunted on the loading spur at hopper.
The machinery shed for the mine hoist dominates the hopper structure and loading spur, whilst the mainline curves away to the left following the side of the hill towards the bridge and tunnel.

    The Loco shed

Loco sheds are essential at mines.  There are not only loco servicing like bearing shims, leaking valve stuffing boxes and lubrication tasks to do but as well this is the engineer's workshop to build special rolling stock, repair smaller mine machinery and overhaul components.  The model is of  a time when everything was constructed on site.

From a distance the loco shed appears deserted.

Colour and finish are consistent.  The structure has been grafted onto the slope of the hill and vegetation excluded by the ballast and traffic, nevertheless shows how it creeps back to retake the area cut from the natural alpine forest which had been here for so long.

When the pay dirt runs out the mine will die and the forest will slowly return.

 The roof has already rusted even though the structure is not old.  It is likely that the snow has been allowed to lie on the lower roof.  This is not high country and it is not snow country. There are therefore no shutters on the windows and the roof is pretty flat over the side rooms. It is functional as everything in mines must be.
The loco shed is of course entirely of timber and may in time become the victim of fire.  For the present it is ready for work.  The tools, wheel stands, spare parts are all there, creating a workmanlike clutter.
 Laurie Green has been a member of NMRA for over twenty years and is a Master Model Railroader earned in the NMRA modelling awards program.
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