The Gynthrolith Mine by Günther Kiltz
A mining layout in 09 (scale ratio 1:45), with excellent details!
“Some time ago I grabbed together some bits and pieces and built a little freelance industrial Diesel and a tipper. Of course they needed a playground. For I did not want to run simply back and forth or around in a circle I created a tiny mining layout with the opportunity of really transporting something.
The whole thing consists of a little mountain with a bunker at the top from where the ore is loaded into the train. It is assumed that the mine is inside the hill, the bunker is all you can see. The track then runs down three quarters around and over a tournout with change of direction to the upper side of a wall where the load is tipped into a truck below. Now the procedure can start again. That’s the whole action. I confess, not very thrilling but it’s simply fun.
The layout has a diameter of about 60 cm (24 in), a height of about 40 cm (15 in) and was built nearly complete from Styrofoam. For fine modelling I used cardboard from empty egg boxes diluted in water and mixed with white glue. That produces a rigid but light surface. The rocks are cork, the vegetation is the usual stuff of grass fibres and foliage materials from the model shop. Trees are selfmade from wire and foliage.
Track is handlayed with rails from old N gauge flexitrack. The bunker has a core of plasticard covered with wooden strips. All operations (opening the shutter of the bunker, switching the tournout, unloading the tipper) are carried out by hand via mechanical linkage. The handles which move bunker shutter and tournout are disguised as logs, the one for unloading as a little rock.
The mined mineral is called Gynthrolith, a fantasy name. In fact it is industrial hemp seed which I found very suitable for the purpose.”