I thought it was time to share some photos of the 1/300 scale D&RGW equipment I’ve been working on.
What you’re seeing here is completely operational and made its first run on the test track January 26, 2021.
I started this project seriously about a month ago, but I’d been considering it for the past year.
This scale, 1/300 is just about 50% the size of N scale.
You can see the Nn3 car I’ve placed in the photos for scale, and the schilling is the size of a US quarter.
Almost all of what you see is completely built from scratch.
There are some 3D printed elements like the trucks and locomotive frame,
and some custom photo-etch work like the caboose ends and some of the ladders.
However the rest was built by me.
The boxcars, caboose, and reefers are made from wood (yes real wood), styrene, and brass.
The locomotive is styrene stainless steel, and brass.
The models are designed to operate on T scale track and uses T scale power mechanisms.
Power comes from the reefer cars, where the T scale mechanisms are located.
I built two for operational reliability.
Those familiar with the D&RGW will be familiar with Otowi Bridge,
and while I’ve built the whole bridge I’m just showing the main span at this point.
It was easier to photograph.
I had made up a set of plans for the bridge a while back, which was a painstaking process,
and I’ve modeled this bridge in full in both Nn3 and 1/300.
I have plans to start the layout very soon.
I haven’t quite decided how I want to proceed yet,
but obviously it will depict the Chili Line north of Santa Fe NM.
I primarily model the D&RGW in Nn3, which is another craftsman-oriented space.
I’ve been threatening a larger Nn3 layout,
but with the specter of an impending move, I can’t start just yet.
I’m sure some of you are familiar with my small Nn3 layout though.
So with this 1/300 project I’ll be able to build quite a bit while remaining portable.
I’d like to thank Jesse Svoboda over at CCE Models,
for producing the trucks, locomotive frame, photo etch, and decals.
Most of these items are also available to purchase from him as we speak.
Additionally the models are finished with ScaleColors paint.
ScaleColors airbrushes like a dream, highly recommended!
Soon I hope to have some photos of the layout taking shape.