The T & J Railroad   
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Building the mountain
         The tunnel walls and ceiling are finished and the tracks ballasted at the entrance.   Now it's time to build a mountain on top.

      Building the mountain        
      The mountains are formed by wadding up newspapers, taping them in place, then covering them with plaster cloth,
        the same product used to make  casts.     It dries in minutes, creating a hard shell.  Lightweight Hydrocal,
        a type of plaster, smooths out the bumps and fills in gaps.


            
      Then the fun--adding color, foliage, outcroppings, even an abandoned mine.


   
     Closeup of depot area and Main Street.  The blue foam will be a
      "view block", hiding a scene on the other side.

    
 
   
 
    
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