Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Update, 4-20-2017 Everyone, I have had several comments and questions.

YES absolutely, this diorama was inspired by the amazing Yellow Ridge Mine by Nick Wright. No my model is not a carbon copy, nor is it exactly the same, nor is it intended to be.

The copyright watermark on my photos means simply that you may not publish transmit, distribute, send, duplicate or use my photos without my consent. My photos are also digitally watermarked in the data of the photo. Why? because my photographs have been being used, transmitted, and distributed without my consent.

Recently I created a Gn15 Micro Layout for my friend Bill Palmer. Gn15 is G scale 1/2" to the foot. Gn15 locomotives are gauged to HO width track. Most Gn15 locomotives represent estate, tramway or mine railways.


This micro layout features Peco O-16.5mm (On30) code 100 track and turnouts. I scratch-built all the structures. The brick tractor shed bricks were cut from foam and glued on board. The rolling door is scratch built from styrene plastic, n-scale metal wheels and a bit of time.


The neat signs were reduced down images of vintage tin signs. Many of the small directional signs, "Open Shaft" "No Loafing" "Look Out For Cars" were originally produced for industry by Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, Colorado. Many of these standardized signs were sold to mines and industry through the Mine & Smelter Supply Company in downtown Denver.

"Stonehouse Steel Sign Co., Denver, CO. William Stonehouse opened a sign shop in Chicago in 1863 and taught his son James Wesley the art of painting gold leaf lettering on store front windows. by turn of the century j.w. moved west with the gold mining boom and set up shop in Douglas, Arizona.  Ten years later, he moved to Colorado, and it was here that the accident prevention sign business was born. J.W. saw a need for safety in the mining industry. He created standard bell signal signs to better communicate in the mines, therefore reducing accidents and injuries. He lobbied for the codes to become standard in all mines in Colorado and was ready to sell his silk screen printed signs when the mining bureau enacted the standard. in 1913,  J.W.  moved to Denver, where he continued to design signage that would set the standard for the "safety sign" industry.  The Stonehouse Steel Sign Company was formed as a corporation in 1914, and has stayed in business through multiple generations."  Info from

  Inside the tractor shed overhead view. 

Inside the tractor shed. 
 Tractor shed roof is real corrugated, metal sheets, weathered with Games Workshop Paints


  1. Is this copied from Nick Wright's Yellow Ridge Mine?

  2. Yes this is exactly the same as Nick Wrights, I've seen it at a couple of shows in the past, I think Nicks feels more authentic, and is obviously original.

  3. You know all the comparison of Top Gear? ... You know what I'm saying .. 😆

  4. Yes, this is pretty much a carbon copy of my layout, Yellow Ridge Mine. I spent many months designing and building my layout and whilst I am all for inspiring other people, a name-check would have been nice. Unfortunately I cannot stamp a copyright watermark over my exhibition layouts like you can on your photographs. Quite ironic really.

  5. Gerald.
    Thank you for the name check and thank you for being a gent. Your work is top notch and I hope your friend enjoys the layout. GN15 is a lot of fun.
    Happy modelling.

  6. i'd like to see the photos without the watermarks. I think it's nice modeling

  7. Gerald Styles showed flexible tree stumps at a NG convention in Portland. Did those ever go into production? I could use about twenty of them. Larry

  8. Gerald please get in touch with me. You might remember me as I made trees to sell a the old Caboose Hobbies. My email is

    Will Cheshire