"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 2005; even after almost 10 years of work, it's still not 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.




Progress Report: 1/8/07

Both Cascade peak and the Tender were rebuilt due to some inacuracies and my improved skills within the last year.

The Top of Cascade Peak was rebuilt because I though it didn't look right. Some people called it the Matterhorn (It kinda did look like the Matterhorn!). After careful studying, I figured out what had to be changed. It required taking out the entire top half and reframe it again with craft sticks, paying close attention to photographs. It was later covered in paper towls dipped in glue mix and Celluclay. It awaits painting at this moment.




The tender was rebuilt out of Styrene, made it more accurate. The original Tender is sitting on the left.



Rainbow Caverns gets some work. The first complete waterfall is the one on the far left. When it's finished, in addition to having fluorescent waterfalls, the stalagmites and stalagtites will also have fluorescent paint, very similar to the "Glory Hole" in the Mine Train Ride at Knott's.