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Old 12-15-2013, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are a few shots of an On30 mini layout I work on during the winter months. It is a depiction of a 1920s Haitian sugar train running from Port-au-Prince Haiti to Leogane Haiti.

I have worked on this off and on for several years now. Here is a link you can look at if you would like to read more about it.





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I hope to be posting more pictures this winter as indoor modeling has commenced. Thanks for looking.

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It is cold, so I stopped work on the outdoor garden railroad. I thought it was time for some Caribbean sunshine and warm blue waters.I have gone back to work on the Haitian Sugar Train.









I have done work on the Leogane Beach scene just below the Leogane engine house. The warm Caribbean ocean continues the oxidation process on the rusting hulk of the worn out Kraus steam locomotive.





A sugar train from Port au Prince arrives at the Leogane tank. There has been a profusion of tropical growth since we last posted here. The aroma of burning dried sugar cane, steam and Bougainvillea fills the air.






Further down the line construction of a Haitian Rum still and a Haitian village continues. More photos to follow during these cold winter months. Thanks for looking.

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Old 12-30-2013, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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World Famous BARBANCOURT RHUM is made in Haiti. But not at a distillery that looks like this:




















I thought this charming rural “still” had to be modeled fro my On30 Sugar Cane hauler set in 1920’s Haiti.





Here is the next structure undergoing construction in the Leogane section of the mini layout. It is a representative of the back jungle distillery pictured above.











I tried to recreate the wooden fermentation tanks. Next to come will be the sugar cane and the distilling apparatus.

















While not quite the same as an Appalachian Moonshine still, you get the understanding that all cultures and people love the taste of fermented juices.





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Can we have a taste?
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Posted By BigRedOne on 30 Dec 2013 02:58 PM
Can we have a taste?


In Haiti moonshine is called Clairin. It is made from sugar or fermented sugar cane. It is pretty rough and is used by the workers daily to keep working in the hot sun.

Not the smoothest of liquors.


A Haitian working man.


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I took the trusty iPad out to the train shed to get a few pictures of a little more progress on the On30 mini layout.





Here is some Caribbean blue water I was able to place under the dock at Port au Prince.

















Here is a Haitian house and the start of a sugar cane field in a corner of the Leogane section of the small layout.

















I have been enjoying some "warm weather" modeling down in the Caribbean during these cold days.





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The section of the mini layout that I have been working on recently represents the rural area of Leogoane Haiti.

Rural Haitian houses are quite primitive. Many are built from wattle and thatch. Mud is used to cover the wattle that makes up the walls. This type of construction, imported from Africa, was quite prevalent in the 1920s in Haiti.





Here is a model I built from card stock and paper. Like so many prototype structures in Haiti it is perched on the side of a mountain with a steep path leading to its front door.





Down below the colorful Porter locomotives are passing by on their way to the sugar cane fields.





Hope you like the pictures.

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It is lunch time at the sugar mill (HASCO) in Port au Prince. The local cook at the cook shack is making up beans and rice and a seller drops by with a load of Coca Colas from up North.





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