let me show you some pictures of my growing West-Texas project: Since I was stationed as a German soldier in San Antonio / Tx. in 1989/1990 I was fascinated by the endless country of West-Texas and my now favorite SP. When I discovered Z scale, I planned to build even a part of it. So I dicided myself for Sierra Blanca /Tx. It seemed ideal to me, because it was a junction between the SP and the T&P. In the beginning, there was no T&P, so I used a ATSF loco. The maerklin offerings have been limited. In the meantime, Sierra Blanca is incorporated in my West-Texas project:
In this overview you Sierra Blanca on the right, Interstate 10 in the middle and Ft. Hancock on the the left. It is 1/ fifth of my project. So, 4 / fifth are still waiting for me. Below is a close up of Sierra Blanca. Still unfinished. If you like I will show you more.
Okay, let us start at the left end of my project. I had to cover the top of a tripple-helix, where the SP / T&P - mainline goes down to El Paso -staging. As an old military, I decided to built a military instalation, which I called Ft. Hancock. Ft. Hancock/ Tx. was situated at the mainline and closed somewhere in the 30th, but on my layout it is still served by a branchline. I call the connecting point " Hancock Junction".On the far right you can see the mainline disappearing.
Next pic shows a view allong the tracks. In the foreground there are some NCO housings, followed by MP-barracks and maintenance and supply buildings.
As I can only post 2 pics at a time, I will be soon back!
At least some more pics from Ft. Hancock before we are going to Sierra Blanc / Tx.
The formation of young soldiers still need some more exercises. Swinging the arms so high is more russian typ marching .But I was affraid to brake their arms in order to correct it when I repainted the German railroad workers from Preiser .
On the other side of the tracks we find a loading ramp and some more barracks with the company HQ, a dining facility and a medical point