Tom & Mary We began Stoneworks in Wisconsin in '94 laying up our first stone mill. The mill survived 104+ and -38 degree temperatures, 80+ knot winds, rain, and being buried in snow. We brought it with us to Missouri. Now it withstands high humidity, torrential rains, and 1" hail storms.
Tom is Stoneworks' "rolling stock guru" and a true railfan – right down to his CN Woodings that we take on big-rail trips. Mary loves to build things and run equipment. That's her old 60s Bobcat. Tom gave her sixteen hours on a rented traxcavator for her birthday. An awesome time!
Every Spring Tom and Mary head out to the woods in search for rocks. On breaks we've noticed that the rocks are getting smaller, lighter, and fewer in numbers. Maybe we're just taking more breaks.
Tom loves a railroad with "industry". Table Rock R. R. is a 30s line serving the logging, mining and quarrying industries in the Western mountains with about 400' of brass track. Its rolling stock uses every variety of power from batteries to transformers to steam to gravity. There are five mills, a mine, a quarry and a logging operation. There are two tunnels, eight bridges, three ponds, and three trestles. Grades go up to 5%.
Mary loves scenery and modeling and pruning dwarf Alberta spruce. Many spruce were transplanted from the first railroad in Wisconsin. However, there are so many now, each spruce may get pruned every 3 years on a rotation cycle . . . so they're never ALL pruned at one time. Roaring River is created with four pumps. It's cleaned with a homemade bio-mass filtration system that provides water to turn the wheel at the Old Mill – 24/7.
We continue to have fun modeling and railroading with friends and customers. And, "Thanks!" for sharing your many photos . . . and for saying that you're having fun, too.