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 Posted: Mon Apr 1st, 2019 01:39 am
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Somewhere in the distant past, maybe Model Railroader,
there was at least some talk about scenery extending all the way to the floor.

Now you gotta be careful that you don't make the layout unreachable or fall through it.

I want to say John Allen, and maybe a few others, went in for dramatic scenery.




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It's very tempting.
I have a little 12 x7 shed that is to be my layout room.

I doubt I will take over everything, but some vertical scenery is tempting.
Maybe not floor to ceiling, but mountains I can't look over?  hmmm...

In the meantime, work is taking up too much of my time.
I can't even get any train cars finished right now.




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People don't associate Colorado with logging.
Yet, everything was built from wood in the 1990's.

I was thinking that after I get done with my current planned car builds, I'd want some log cars.

I found 1 single photo of a log train.

http://digital.denverlibrary.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15330coll22/id/10885/rec/176




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I recall reading about several logging lines connected to the D&RGW. 

I think they were in the Durango/Chama area. 

Probably others also. 


http://www.drgw.net/info/PagosaBranch

But, yeah, we seem to think of narrow gauge railroading in Colorado focused mostly around mining.




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I would think that area would be like many locations in Australia,
even though they are mining areas, timber was required in large amounts,
to build the mines, feed the boilers for the machinery and build the towns.

Many mining areas had tramways going in all directions for many miles,
to get timber as it became scarce as the mining towns grew.

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The Bodie and Benton Railway

http://www.pacificng.com/template.php?page=roads/ca/bb/index.htm)

in California was built to haul lumber to Bodie.
 

It even had hopes of going to Benton on the Carson & Colorado/SPNG.




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Yes, John Allen's G&D had floor to ceiling canyons and mountains.
His layout was built in an excavated "basement" under his home,
and there were several others who built scenes the same way.
Take the advise about being able to reach all the track...
whatever can get screwed up-WILL get screwed up.
Allen used "dragger" cars in every train, boxcars with slabs of masonite under them,
which seemed to keep the track clean.
I have built these before and while they worked,
the friction of dragging such a thing caused trains to be rather short!
Have fun and run a train.
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For info about the Bodie & Benton,

better use this link





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I found references to several saw mills.
Colorado is drier than other logging places.  The use of rivers to move logs is not common.
What I saw were some interesting horse drawn rail car type arrangements,
along with the use of wagons to haul logs to the rail line.

The Pagosa mill had it's arrival area for uncut logs on a slope,
with tracks running parallel to the slope.
Trains could arrive and dump logs,
then I assume they would get rolled to the mill for cutting.

I even saw an interesting wood gantry crane for switching lumber loads,
between 3' and standard gauge in Alamosa yard.
(An interesting future model project.)

I found a lot of images and should have book marked all of them.
There is just so much to find on the DPL site.

I will have to see if Pagosa Springs library, and or historical society has some images.

For now, I have this reference image for making some interesting log cars.


Attachment: logger.png (Downloaded 44 times)



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I get on a mission and I go find things...

http://gawiz.com/LogCar.htm



The Pagosa Sun has several articles with images.

http://www.pagosasun.com/an-early-description-of-pagosas-hot-springs/

http://www.pagosasun.com/coming-of-the-railroad-to-pagosa-springs/

http://www.pagosasun.com/slim-pickings-for-hotels-in-early-day-pagosa/



I had to blow this one up a bit to show more detail. You can use ctrl +/- or apple key +/-







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