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Modeling 'The Gilpin Tram' - pt.I
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 Posted: Sun Dec 9th, 2012 10:25 pm
   
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The Chase Gulch scene was now taking shape.  I eventually planted the canyon with trees from Woodland Scenics and Grand Central Gems.


The photo above is near one end of the Gulch area.  A short spur branches off to the left where horse-drawn wagons could load area - this was done at several locations on the real Gilpin Tram.

The photo above shows Shay #2 having just picked up empty coal car #5 from Martin's spur, and continuing upgrade with a load of coal and two loaded ore cars.


Trackwork was kept simple, and was all Peco HOn30 flextrack and turnouts.  The harp switchstand is an East Broad Top prototype sold by David Hoffman.


Much of the right-of-way was supported on rock walls, represented by carved plaster castings.  Here Shay #2 and its train are crossing the gulch over a short trestle, also salvaged from a previous layout.  You can see why the tram is so vital to the mining area - the rugged landscape limits where horse-drawn teams can haul ore from.



After crossing the short trestle, the train rounds a curve through a narrow rock cut.  Local excursions, on their way from the Pine Creek pavilion at Pine Creek (which can be seen in the far background), stop here to gaze in awe at the Mother Grundy formation - which if you squint just right, looks like a profile of a woman's face.  This scene was carved from the plaster and based on the real Mother Grundy location on the Colorado Central Clear Creek line.


Crossing the gulch again, the train has topped the steepest part of the grade and will soon exit the narrow gulch.


A parting shot of the train carefully treading its way through the gulch.  Soon, it will round a sharp curve and reach the townsite of Nugget.

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Keith,

Nice work as always.  I'm doing Beaver Brook so was happy to see your version.  I tried to carve Mother Grundy, no luck.  You would not have happened to make a mold of yours did you?

What did you use for Shay's?  I'm in a quandary:
1.  Go with HON30 - Leaves issues with Dual-gauge in Black Hawk, no jigs I can find and folks tell me tolerances are so small very hard to get to work.
2.  Go with HON2 - trying to either build using something like the little NN3 units or z-scale and maybe a Shapeways casting.  Or maybe trying to regauge 2 flying zoo kits I have.
3.  Rule 1 and use HON3 with back story that line upgraded to handle increased load in 1917 (in um utopia Gilpin runs on due to silver and gold boom due to WW1.

Thoughts?

By the way got you engine house plan in NGG.  What do you recommend for metal siding?

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Superb work, Keith!!


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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2012 03:59 pm
   
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Yes, Keith has got the Gilpin Tram "nailed". Just super workmanship and a joy to behold. Harry Brunk's "Up Clear Creek..." was great, this "Further up Clear Creek" is my favorite. Thank you Keith for so many years of inspiration.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2012 05:36 pm
   
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Thanks Woodie, Herb, and Cameron!

For the Mother Grundy scene, I took made a profile of styrene by tracing off of a photo in Sundance's Colorado Central book. The profile is what you need - the tricky part was making the rock casting not look like anything unless you viewed the profile from a specific angle. Actually, I am moving next month, so I'll be discarding that entire scene - you can have the Mother Grundy scene if you want it!

For shays, that's tough in HOn30 or HOn2 because none are currently made. I used Atlas N scale shays, but they are not in production. I also have some old Joe Works shays in HOn30. Only one currently runs - the others I will modify with Kato N scale parts as advocated by Woodie - he modified one before for a friend - I think he may have posted somewhere on Freerails on how he did it. I looked at trying HOn22 once using Z mechanisms, but shied away from it because of cost - I'm not afraid to cut up a $100 mechanism, but wouldn't attempt it on a $400 mechanism. That said, Republic Locomotive Works once offered a shay in N and Nn3 using a Z mechanism - it looked pretty nice.

For the Gilpin enginehouse, I prefer using paper - it's thinner and absorbs paint unevenly, giving a slight mottled effect like the prototype. The enginehouse model was built in 1993 using thin styrene, but since then all my structures were all built with paper.

Keith

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Hi Kieth, Great to see what you are doing now, always wodered what was going on since you dismantled your last layout. I live in Colorado Springs and that is close enough to visit the Gilpin area often. I have a photo of a mine that I would like you to help identify (if possible...) The only thing I hate about going up there is that they didn't even have the courtesy leave a sign on EVERYTHING(!) so I would know what I was looking at!!! I will get that photo out as soon as I figure out how to do it. It is hard being from the generation before electronics...

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2012 08:40 pm
   
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Daniel:

Nice to hear from you. I look forward to seeing the mystery photo!

Actually, my layout is being dismantled once again, in January. However, I'll be moving to a new townhouse with a layout room in the basement. My layout was built in sections, to the major ones - parts of Black Hawk, mining areas, Eureka Street, etc. will probably be up and running by summer.

Keith

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Wow if you would not mind I'd love your Mother Grundy.  It would sit in a place of honor just downgrade from Beaver Brook.

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 Posted: Mon Dec 10th, 2012 09:08 pm
   
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Cameron:

I could box it up and ship it to you - I'd just ask you to cover shipping costs.

Keith

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 Posted: Tue Dec 11th, 2012 05:09 pm
   
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Keith

For some reason browser wont open PM.  Tried IE and Firefox.  Even enabled pop-ups.

My email is c_bryars@bellsouth.net

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