View single post by Keith Pashina
 Posted: Sat Apr 4th, 2020 03:33 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Continuing with enlargements from the same DPL X-61796 photo,
we see the Gilpin Tram spur curving towards the stub switch and harp switch stand,
we saw in the previous photo.

Note the stone wall, it isn't the neatly laid stone walls used elsewhere,
this looks more like rubble dumped into the place. 

The worker in the foreground has a forked sad and shovel for the hole he is digging,
I wonder what the hole is for?

That recycled brick building in the front of the previous photo, is seen here in an enlargement.
Also, the greatly exaggerated curve of the Gilpin Tram spur, can be seen here.

The brick building has very deteriorated brick in the bottom half of the wall.
Other published histories have mentioned a local brick used in construction of many buildings.
This brick was cheap and local, but also weathered poorly in the mountainous climate.
This would be an interesting detail to model.

Interestingly, the original C&S depot in Central City was built of a similar brick,
and soon after construction, the lower parts of the walls were reinforced,
with the concrete walls that can be seen today.

Also, Jon commented on the roofing on the brick building.
As can be seen in the photo, it has very pronounced curves or dips between ribs or rafters.

My opinion is that this may be an early variant of corrugated sheet metal roofing.
This would have been sheets overlapping each other and nailed to wooden roof rafters.

I don't really know one way or another,
but that appears similar to certain other old structures in the area.

Here is a modern metal corrugated roof, showing how sheets overlap each other,
this example has lag bolts holding the sheets down.

Most modern roof sheets have corrugations much more closely spaced together,
compared to 1880s sheets!


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