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Seems everything is a flutter in Rogue County these days, what with all the new track working and such. Even got a new mine moved in. Some feller from back east come out and bought up land near the head of Big Lizard Canyon. Ain't nothin' up there worth anything, so says most folks hereabout, so it was a topic of conversation when a new mine loco showed up in town;

Well, sure enough, new track was laid from Rogue way up to near the ridge. Strange, real strange. Nobody seems to know what Eldritch is, probably the name of the fella what owns the mine.


I'm told it's been heard that he said the name "Miskatonic" comes from some river back east where he used to mine. Never heard of it myself.


The feller what drives it don't talk much when he's in town. We asked what they was hoping to dig out o' that old hill and alls he said was, "ain't diggin' out, diggin' to..." Didn't make no sense. Curious fella.
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Both engines are fabulous Chris. You must just lay awake all night dreaming this stuff up. I'd like to see a bit more of the fella running that mining lokie too.
 

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Don's right, the cars are the much loved Hartland line gondolas with the top board cut down.
Kevin, the font is called, "Morpheus" and of course, the decals are by Stan. I had originally wanted the name Eldritch Mineral and Excavation, but in my hurried, unthinking mind I gave Stan the wrong dimensions so I had to shorten the name to make room for the frippery. Doh!
I really like these steam mine locos and there's probably a couple more in the future. But I have a "few" other projects to catch up on first!
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Glad to see you making strange stuff again!
 

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I'm not sure which I like better, the locomotive, or the back story that goes with it. Both are wonderful.

"ain't diggin' out, diggin' to..."

Antarctica, perhaps? To find out what really happened to the Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition....
 

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CJ,

Here's a good spot to ask a quetion that's been in the back of my mind: I see that the engine is an oil burner. So, where was the oil carried on those? Or any other, for that matter, that lack a tender?

Excellent piece of work, by the way.

I may get myself in trouble here, but on the first picture, the camera angle plus shadows made me think the engine driver hung himself with an old sheet or something from the overhead. I thought, "Prob'ly a private joke." I kept going thru the pics and came to the last, and all was made clear. Excellent job on that driver too, btw.

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Les,
It's actually a coal burner, as most of these were. The coal is in a small coal bunker on the fireman side of the cab. As these locos had limited runs to do, it wasn't a problem having a small fuel supply on board. There was very often a coal bin at the minehead for refueling.
I see what you mean by the driver looking like he's hung himself!
As far as what's really happening up there in the Eldritch mine.... only time will tell!
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Well thanks alot Chris, you made me think again and we all know how dangerous that is...





At lunch, while doodling in my sketchbook, this little lokie of yours gave me another idea on how to abuse a Mack...


The results should be predictable:


 
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