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Thunder Mesa Studio is home to three model railroads currently under construction: the On30 scale Thunder Mesa Mining Company, the On18 Horse Thief & Never Mine, and the HO scale Carolwood & Grizzly Flats R.R.
The Thunder Mesa Mining Company model railroad's theme is late 19th century mining and railway operations somewhere in the American southwest. Built at a scale of 1/4" to the foot, it is O scale, but the trains are narrow gauge, running on rails just 30 scale inches apart. The layout represents a fanciful depiction of life on the frontier, drawing much inspiration from Disney, Knott's, and the mid-century heyday of movie and television westerns.
The On18 Horse Thief & Never Mine Ry. is an 18" gauge mining tram owned and opperated by the Big Thunder Mining Co. It runs on two separate lines above and below the On30 TMMC mainline, moving ore from the mines at Big Thunder and Calico. The high line is an automated point to point operation between Never Mine Tunnel and the ore bins at Horse Thief Canyon, while the Calico Canyon Unit is an independent loop of track running through the mines below Calico Mountain.
The Carolwood & Grizzly Flats Railroad is a new addition to the studio. Themed to California's High Sierra and gold country, it's a tribute to the backyard railroads of animation and themed entertainment pioneers Walt Disney and Ward Kimball, while also drawing inspiration from the early days of western mountain railroading on the Central Pacific, Virginia & Truckee, and Sierra Railroads. At 1:87, HO scale is almost half the size of O scale and this small layout is being built in just 24 square feet.