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Old 29-11-2017, 09:04 PM   #1
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Default El Paso Model Train Club Open House 2017

Absolutely paling in comparison to "Europeans at Warley," below, here is a video of our small effort this November past.
https://youtu.be/GWmHGWCo_qc
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Old 29-11-2017, 09:44 PM   #2
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Lovely video Chops.

As usual, everything in America is larger. And some non-flat layouts.
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Old 29-11-2017, 11:21 PM   #3
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Very kind of you London Bridge, but the British layouts I gaze at in this forum fairly
take my breath away, routinely. The use of available space is a constant lesson in
efficiency and economy. Some of the small layouts herein are simply gems.

I am grateful we have this layout in this rather remote city, but my personal gripe
is that the original designers got well carried away and did numerous faux pas, such as mountain scenery and other subterranean turn outs. Rule #1: never put a turnout where you can't easily reach it. It will create havoc.

As far as space is concerned, El Paso is situated in far West Texas, and I am told it
largely resembles the Australian Outback. An unrealized blessing, one supposes, except
when the wind blows and we are asphyxiating in dirt.
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Thank you Chops. I think we are all experimenting for a little fun.

I hope to visit Texas one day. I came to Las Vegas in 2006 and I will never forget that view from the plane... big lit tall buildings, sticking up out of the desert. Astonishing!
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I'll swap a year in El Paso for a year in London, or anywhere else in your astonishing nation! As it were, Texas might be enjoyable for being different than what you are accustomed to ("tea" is an iced beverage, unless you specify "hot tea", perhaps with some added hand gestures and explanation), but I'd recommend Utah, or the Grand Canyon in Arizona for Western U.S. scenery.

The Texas tourism bureau has worked overly hard to promote this region, formerly a Mexican province, briefly an independent nation, currently a rather large landscape dotted in strip malls, and further east, oil jacks.

If one insists on visiting Texas, for a city experience, San Antonio might hold some interest as it promotes the intra-city river and a bit of its Alamo and colonial Spanish history fairly well.
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Nice film. I liked the river on one of the layouts.
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Monument Valley was my favourite place Chops.
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We went to Vegas a few years ago but didn't have time to go to Monument Valley, which I really want to see. Next year we're hoping to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles so we'll try again for Monument Valley. When we went to Disney etc in Florida I wanted to go to Pensacola for the US Navy aircraft museum but when I saw how far it was..................
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