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 Posted: Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 03:53 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Posts: 798

Cor V - thanks for posting the link to the brass-etched detail parts - are they 1:35 scale?
I always liked the figure and detail part choices available in that scale.


March has been a very busy month for me, for many reasons.
However, I have continued with the Gilpin Tram enginehouse model.

I finished cladding the walls and roof.

I used 3M transfer tape.
This is a double-sided tape-like material, that is thinner, stronger,
and more durable than typical double-sided office tape.
Once I put a piece down, it stays!

I used Wild West Scale Model Builders' embossed corrugated metal roof sheets,
which come in paper strips I cut to length.

The wall siding is painted paper, cut to "tin" siding sheet sizes.

Once I had built the exterior walls and roof,
it came time to frame up the interior.

But, what actually was in the enginehouse interior?

There are no photos or drawings showing much detail as to what was there.
A few clues come from the Sanborn Fire Insurance Map.
Besides showing a plan draining of the enginehouse, they drew a dark circle with the notation "U.B.",
which according to a key to Sanborn symbols I have indicates a vertical steam boiler.

There is also a drawn circle with the notation "F.P. & Hose", for a fire pump and hose.
There are a couple of other circles drawn,
which could either represent standpipes for water lines,
or maybe a stack - I am not sure.

The sketch above was drawn by Joe Crea,
based on his observations of the photos of the enginehouse.

He drew the enginehouse in the 3-stall version,
and the sketch above is cropped to not show the 3rd stall. 

My interpretation of the Sanborn map, Joe's sketch, and photos led me to "guesstimate" that the enginehouse:
  • Had a vertical steam boiler, used to power water pumps and belt-driven machinery for machine tools
  • There was a partial second floor at the former barn's loft - the left hand side of the enginehouse has an upper large door, typical of a barn hayloft door
  • The tall stack is the vertical boiler stack, and the two smaller stacks with pointed end caps are smoke vents for where engines park

Also, Dan Abbott told me a few years ago that his research,
when he was writing the Gilpin Tram Era book,
found that there was a water cistern inside the enginehouse, used to water locomotives.
So, I needed to include that in my model, too!

So, based on my observations, notes, speculation, etc.,
I came up with these ideas as to what would be inside the enginehouse:

Using this information, I continued building the enginehouse,
and also checked the fit for where it will drop into my layout:

The above photo shows the "roughing in" stage,
when I was checking fit and loosely laying in some of the walls.

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