View single post by Keith Pashina
 Posted: Wed Nov 14th, 2012 04:08 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 777
As we continue the "Gilpin Bridge Saga", here's a 1890's vintage photo of the bridge near the head of Chase Gulch.  Here, the mainline made a nearly 180 degree turn across the gulch to continue its climb up the backside of Winnebago Hill.

What I really like is that the bridge builders took advantage of the natural rock shelf, and built right above a small waterfall.  This would make a fine model!

The mainline curvers off the left edge of the photo, and the diverging track is the Tucker Mill branch.


The photo below shows the typical Gilpin Tram bridge abutment for the wood cribbing. Small logs were laid up, and filled with a mixture of dirt and rock.  This particular one was on Chase Gulch, almost directly uphill of the C & S ore transfer chutes in Black Hawk.

A detail I'd like to model someday would be a wood culvert coming out of a rock retaining wall, such as this one, also in Chase Gulch, near the Smith Road crossing.  That is Dan Abbott in the photo - he's the author of The Gilpin Tram Era by Sundance Publications, editor of the Gilpin Railroad Historical Society newsletter, and author of tons of other narrow gauge articles.

Finally, because we haven't beaten this subject to death quite yet, here is a bridge site over a small creek bed along the Banta Mine Branch.  I like the pastoral scene here.  This mine branch is a lot more woodsy than most of the terrain that the Gilpin Tram ran through.

What I have been trying to show in these photo posts was the simple nature of the bridges on the Gilpin Tram - a small bridge could be built from small twigs and dirt to create a realistic model, or a carved plaster rock wall with a stripwood culvert could easily be made to duplciate some of these scenes.

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