Another entry and this time we're going up the valley to the bread and butter of the coal industry of the area. Carbon Vale is also seeks to be a tourist attaction, offering tours of the safer portions of the mine, as well as a quant riverfront and boardwalk. Well, lets stop the talking a show you all a few photos!
Before the mining industry moved in, this area of the valley was once the home to a quaint farming community. The Robert's Farm Mill is nearly all that is left. The wooden bridge leads across the river to a hiking trail leading up the mountain on the other side.
A wide shot of the minining operation. There's a lot in this picture. On the far left, you see a curved track for trains who turn back here to head back down the valley. This mine is largest in valley and as the locals say "If you don't work for the mine, then you're just passing through" Some worry that the Coal Washer in the bottom right may be contaminating the river, however the mining company claims it's own water tests have found that their systems meet all regulation requirements.
Close up of one of the daily coal trains heading down the valley.
Close up on the mine operation itself. The complex at the top is the actuall shaft, while the first stage of processing the coal happens in the complex at bottom.
One last shot before I go, looks like a few people are waiting on the train to head down the valley and to the city beyond.
Sorry for the long-awaited updated. RL gets in the way sometimes. I appreciate all the comments and feel free to give criticism. I'm going for a mix between realism and natural growth. My hope is to offer something new, or at least my own spin on what the game and mods have to offer. I doubt I'll do much modding myself, but I'll try to make sure you'll be wanting to come back for more.