TW, It looks like that might be my best bet to get help closer than Phoenix.
Yes he was. He loved attention to detail. I remember working on an SD40-2 and he was pushing me to build a prototypical coupler pocket detail. At the time I didn't. Last week I replaced a ditch light and added the coupler detail. I'm sure he's looking down saying finallyHe was a great guy, full of cool ideas.
The outer walls are made of "Pavestone" 4 by 12 wall block (Lowe's or Home Depot) I can't recall the color but it was a combo of red, brown, and black. The block isn't square so makes it easier to do curves etc. The wall around the inner "mine" area is regular concrete block that was covered with the same chicken wire and mortar method that I use for my mountains, I can't remember who wrote the "How To" article called "Making Concrete Mountains" but it still be available.Hey, this whole thread is just amazing!
Question: what did you use to lay the track on in the early stages? It looks like reddish brown bricks but it isn't brick. Thanks!