"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.

Special Announcement!

Very pleased to announced that the Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland model will be ON EXHIBIT at Railroad Days in Fullerton! The layout will be located in the modular railroad space on April 30th and May 1st. No "E" coupon required; admission is FREE!


Todd Quiggle said...

Saw your layout today @ RR Days in Fullerton, CA. I was AMAZED at the detail truly a Wonderland !

Steven Foster said...

Hello Sam,
I'm 56 and another fellow ex-Park employee (1977) and still, to an extent Disney fan. I went down to Fullerton Railroad Days for the first time just to see your NWRR model in person. I've been interested in your work on it since 2009. I wanted to talk with you some about the advantages of your new controllers over the Arduino but you were already very busy with a small group and I didn't feel right interrupting. However, I'm pleased that you've stuck with it over the past several years and I believe that many people would like to see it again and again.
Steven B Foster - San Timoteo Canyon

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