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Feraca Stone Canyon gallery volume 1

By | April 21, 2021

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Wood structures frame a Santa Fe steam locomotive at the end of a gravel parking area
Wood structures frame a Santa Fe steam locomotive at the end of a gravel parking area

Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern no. 3755 4-8-4 shatters the quiet of Ryan’s Corner as it blasts westbound toward Stone Canyon Yard.

Wood structures frame a Santa Fe steam locomotive at the end of a gravel parking area
Red board-and-batten building with red Southern Pacific covered gondola, weather beaten red Santa Fe 50-foot boxcar, red flatcar

Beaver Creek Lumber Company supplies finished wood products as well as pulpwood. The lumber company peninsula is the newest part of the layout.

Red board-and-batten building with red Southern Pacific covered gondola, weather beaten red Santa Fe 50-foot boxcar, red flatcar
Banded, dimensional lumber on flatcar on siding in front of open-front lumber shed

Union Pacific 0-6-0 switcher no. 4609 0-6-0 delivers lumber loads at Carl’s Lumber in the town of Ryan’s Corner.

Banded, dimensional lumber on flatcar on siding in front of open-front lumber shed
Gray wooden two-story structure with red Ford pickup and tan 1940s Ford Woody station wagon parked in gravel lot to its left

The Stone Canyon Depot stands next to a long-abandoned siding in Ryan’s Corner. John scratchbuilt the structure from basswood scribed siding and stripwood.

Gray wooden two-story structure with red Ford pickup and tan 1940s Ford Woody station wagon parked in gravel lot to its left
Gray steel coal mine structure in rugged mountain with exposed tan rock faces and tall pine trees

Rockwell Mine dominates the end of one of the layout’s peninsulas. The main line curves in front of the mine on its way between Red River Canyon and Stone Canyon.

Gray steel coal mine structure in rugged mountain with exposed tan rock faces and tall pine trees
Wood fence encloses junkyard with red stakebed truck and corrugated steel office, rusty gondola spotted at siding

A gondola waits to be unloaded at Dwyerville junkyard.

Wood fence encloses junkyard with red stakebed truck and corrugated steel office, rusty gondola spotted at siding
Gray two-story masonry structure with two-track siding holding boxcars and tank cars, two white propane tanks parallel siding, curved main line passes in front of scene

Engel Paper in the town of Flat rock dominates the other peninsula on the layout. Across the aisle is Red River Canyon.

Gray two-story masonry structure with two-track siding holding boxcars and tank cars, two white propane tanks parallel siding, curved main line passes in front of scene
Concrete street with two, two-story wood-frame houses made from Walthers Cornerstone kits, Railway Express Agency warehouse in background

The town of Red River Canyon hosts a Railway Express Agency warehouse and a grocery distributor. The houses in the foreground are Walthers Cornerstone kits.

Concrete street with two, two-story wood-frame houses made from Walthers Cornerstone kits, Railway Express Agency warehouse in background
Cracked concrete street crosses two-track main line before heading into downtown area with storefronts to the right and brick firehouse to the left, black and white police car in right foreground

John modeled his streets with .040" styrene. Expansion joints and cracks were scribed in, then painted with acrylics and weathered with pastels.

Cracked concrete street crosses two-track main line before heading into downtown area with storefronts to the right and brick firehouse to the left, black and white police car in right foreground
Gray board-and-batten two-story building with abandoned flatcar in foreground, main line running behind

Brody Engineering & Manufacturing is one of several industries in Ryan’s Corner. The siding in the foreground is abandoned, as evidenced by the weeds growing up around the derelict flatcar.

 

Gray board-and-batten two-story building with abandoned flatcar in foreground, main line running behind

John Feraca started working on his Stone Canyon HO scale layout in 2003. After several expansions, it now fills a 28 x 40-foot space. The freelanced layout depicts the mountain west of the United States, but there are also town scenes and plenty of industries to keep operators busy. John used kits from Walthers Cornerstone, City Classics, Downtown Deco, Woodland Scenics/DPM, Bar Mills, and Laser Art. They’re a mix of plastic, wood craftsman, and plaster.

John also scratchbuilt structures using scale basswood and scribed siding. There are more than 100 structures on the layout overall. Scratchbuilding structures helped John complete the requirements to earn his Master Model Railroader certificate from the National Model Railroading Association. We’ve collected a few of John’s structures in this gallery for your inspiration.

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