“Hollow concrete,” he said. As with the indoor trainscape, the outdoors is an imaginative mashup of time periods, terrains and buildings. Up to speeds of 15 mph, the trains, many controlled by computer, chuff around an Old West Gold mine and puff past a hydroelectric dam. The Lilliputian buildings all have electricity; churches boast stained glass windows; grand hotels show off Victorian fretwork and peaked roofs. The Mission of Hope, modeled after a California mission, sports an eerily realistic red-clay tile roof. The structure is surrounded by shops for the tourists and mariachi bands. The presidential figures carved into Mt. Rushmore peer down into a New England harbor town. A trolley is on hand to transport fishermen and tourists. An airplane hangar sits beside the local fire station, engines ready to go. Adjacent to three operating oil pumps at the Red Rock Oil Company is the 8-feet-long oil refinery Roger made from scratch, complete with a gas flame that shoots 15 inches in the air. In another corner, newly cut logs float downstream and travel up a flume to the mill, passing under a bridge crossed by an R&F Lumber Co. train.
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