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Getting trains running again on the Torres y Prietas
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 Posted: Fri Dec 17th, 2010 05:07 pm
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Happy holidays everyone: Thought Id start a thread on my half finished(and half assed) Torres y Prietas narrow gauge railroad set in the 1940's somewhere down on the border. I started this project with mucho enthusiasm a few years back, but didnt finish anything-so last week I put two sections together and am trying to get trains running again, and complete the half finished portions before I start new projects. I don't have new photos of the T y P RR as the management doesnt think much of reporters, photographers, or government safety officers.

 

 poking TThe Ojuela Bridge spans a 4' deep canyon, and was made by the same folks that brought us the Tacoma Narrows bridge.


Not much has changed at the company town of La Colorada in the last few years. Need to finish details and whatnot as some residents have complained that their houses have no doors or windows...



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 Posted: Fri Dec 17th, 2010 06:12 pm
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Duane-just fantastic scenes! I'll bet the Porter's crew has their eyes closed while creeping across the canyon. And those ore cars and caboose look to be familiar...I can't quite place them...Hmmmm...

You mention that the La Colorada residents have complained about lack of windows & doors...the folks on the hill above Mogollon have the same problem. Must be that they have something to keep them occupied like Su Dinero Cantina.

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Looks really cool, hopefully it does not swing like the Tacoma bridge.

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A couple of more old pics: The first shows the Roebling suspension bridge from further away. I wanted to see if I could make a functional suspension bridge, and the prototype fit in my theme of relatively light mining trains. Unfortunately, it is high maintenance as the T y P has been permanently banished to the garage by the majority stock holder (wife). With the difference in temp and humidity, the bridge is constantly buckling or pulling apart. Underneath the workbench the main cables are held by turnbuckles, while all of the smaller vertical stays have teeny weeny .090 nuts that are adjustable for finer tuning: These can be seen in the second pic. If I do keep the bridge i need to find a better way to attach the .090 nuts to the main wires and fix the approaches as I didnt account for the upward pull of the cables and there is a considerable hyump at each end.

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Woodie-the T y P doesnt have a Bloated Goat, there is a cantina on the ridge above the La Colorda station. The "El Sol" cantina, like most of the towns buildings, are plaster mock ups that will be replaced eventually...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v233/elminero67/100_0370.jpg



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Great looking layout !!!! I read your article in the On30 Annual several times and wonder how the bridge was held together. How many workers paid the price crossing that "BRIDGE" !!!!.

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Thats some pretty cool scenic work.  I think I recall seeing you post some of the under construction shots of that canyon pass some time ago (mainly spray painted with a fairly "untraditional" colour pallete to start with from memory, but served to put down the good depth of colour for the final ones).  The bridge makes for a awesome display of some dangerous railroading practices.  Its a shame to hear about the climate issues with the delicate nature of the model.  I hope you can find a good solution the stabilise things becasue I think its a very good piece of character modelling.  I also think the hot and harsh looking shadows in the photos (one of the pleasures of outdoor phototgraphy) contribute really well to setting the location for these models too.

Thanks for showing it again.

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Thanks for the comments. So far I havent lost any rolling stock or locos, but my spanking new Davenport nearly became the first victim-need to finish the handrail!  Heres a pic of the prototype: It had a narrow gauge mining tram and still stands in the state of Durango. If you like living La Vida Loca, ( I promise no more Ricky Martin refences in this thread)You can even mountain bike the route of the former narrow gauge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wApenDWfAj4



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Duane-GROOVY!

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So far so good-the pictures give the illusion of a relatively complete layout, but it has never been a truly operational layout. Ive been waffling over remote control or dcc, but have not commited to either, so basically the small yard has never been operational, and even with the yard the operation consisted of a loop and a couple of turnouts. In the meantime, I had a relatively complete section of layout taking up a corner of the garage that had never been operated. It was built several years ago for a modular group, unfortunately, everyone else flaked out. So the challenge is to integrate "Cerveza Mesa" with the Ojuela Bridge and Silver City Smelter sections into one, operational layout:



"Cervaza Mesa" earned its name from a pecular rock formation at the top of the ridge the has puzzled geologists and archaeologists for years:



 

 



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