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 Posted: Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 09:16 am
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Thanks Woodie and Ken.  I've got to agree that in an age where taking a photograph was a painstaking process, these photos are amazing quality.  The best part about this prototype is that it is beautiful, compact, and simple, making it a very model able prototype.  You could probably do the entire tram run exactly to scale in On30 or you could adapt it for more varied operations.  As near as I can tell, this train line had at most two locomotives and about a dozen cars, so it leaves a lot of potential for expansion.  For instance, what if the mining company decided to open a second shaft?  They'd have had at least another 5 years of operation and could have expanded the line to hit other areas of the silver vein.  If you ask me, this is an incredible and unique find so it's worth it to climb the mountain and search for artifacts.

I have yet to find more info, but I reckon that the Historical Society in Superior would have information that could be useful.  Otherwise, I found a series of three Youtube videos from an old television show that ran a short series on the Ghost Towns of Idaho and Montana.  Part III includes brief footage of some remains.  here's the link:  Ghost Towns of Idaho and Montana #3 

If you have a spare 20 minutes or so, it's a fun video to sit and watch these gentlemen drive through all these little ghost towns.  I count myself lucky to be within a day's drive of most of them.


--James

Last edited on Sun Apr 3rd, 2016 10:18 am by jtrain



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