Glad you're enjoying this thread. It's also fun to see what modeling others are doing, so please post if you have something you want to show!
When I upload the photos, including the Gilpin Tram ore car drawing, the files get compressed, so that's why you cannot read all the text on the drawing. If you send me a private message through FreeRails, I can send you the larger-sized files.
Also, if you've never been to Gilpin County, it is well worth it, even if you are using a wheelchair. The trip up Clear Creek Canyon on Highway 6 is extremely scenic, and you'd enjoy the drive if you hadn't seen it before. Once you get to Gilpin County, there are several Gilpin-era buildings that you can drive right next to. These include:
Polar Star Mill (Black Hawk)
Pearl Tatum Mine (Black Hawk)
Little Red Mill (in Mountain City)
Buell Mill ruins (Mountain City)
Central City itself
Boodle Mill (Central City)
Couer D'Alene Mine (Central City)
Russell Gulch town
Prompt Pay Mine (Russell Gulch)
You can see a lot of mine ruins and grades from the public roads, too, but you cannot drive right up next to them. Then when you're done with that, I suggest you take the Oh My God Road down from Russell Gulch into Idaho Springs. And, that town has a lot of C&S era buildings to view, too.
Keith- That sounds like a 5 star tour- Thanks for posting. I knew that all the mines and buildings were close together--but had no Idea that they were scrunched! Must have been a lot of instances where one company dug--either by accident, or shudder, on purpose, into some one else's claim.
I have always marveled that surveyors could tell--with any accuracy--where they were underground--but they did vis, the Alpine Tunnel. Dug from both ends, thru granite--with one bore having a curve inside-- and missed each other by what-a couple inches?
____________________ Fix it again, Mr Gates--it still works!"
Never mind I found the info on page 48 of Frank R. Hollenbeck's Book "The Gilpin Tram."
"The warming house was a stone building 245 feet long, 28 feet wide and 7 feet high. Three Tracks ran the entire length with a drop of nine feet. Heat was provided by steam pipes between the tracks and 3 warming stoves, the temperature in the building often reached 120 degrees, but even this heat was not always sufficient to loosen the frozen ore."