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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2012 01:46 pm
   
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Neat stuff! Following along ... makes me "home sick" for Colorado ... keep going!



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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2012 10:59 pm
   
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THe Gilpin Tram's mainline from Black Hawk climbed up through Chase Gulch, edged along on the side of Winnebago Hill, and eventually reached Gunnell Hill. Located just above Central City, Gunnell Hill was one of the early big gold ore producing mining districts.  Several prominent mines were located here, including the Gunnell, Grand Army, Whiting, Concrete, and Grand Central.  To serve these mines, the mainline twisted and turned around the brow of the hill, and several spurs and switchbacks to serve these mines.


Taken from an early 1900s promotional booklet, this image shows three of the mines on Gunnell Hill.  The trestle in bottom center is the Gunnel Mine's ore dump trestle extending over the Gilpin Tram mainline.


The image above shows a different perspective of the Gunnell Hill area.  With all this activity in this area, I couldn't resist modeling some of these mines.  Starting in about 1998, I fitted in what I called the Gunnell Mine district in an area about 30" by 60".  I fit in 4 mine spurs and a switchback to models of the Grand Army, Whiting, and Grand Central mines.  I intended to model the Gunnell Mine, too, but never got it finished before I moved and dismantled the layout.


The Grand Central Mine is a well-known prototype, and has been manufactured as a kit by several firms over the years.  I built this model from a Taurus Products kit.  Here, shay loco #1 is delivering a coal car to the Grand Central while the rest of its train sits on the mainline.


On another day, shay #3 is easing 3 loaded ore cars down the switchback from the Gunnell and Whiting mines.  The Grand Central mine can be seen in the left foreground.


Taken from a slightly differnt angle, the Whiting Mine can be seen.  Like the protoype, my layout was built with steep grades and sharp curves.


The Whiting Mine is seen at the rear left, and the Grand Army mine in the right foreground.  The GT caboose sits on the mainline.  Shay #1 can be seen crawling down the switchback from the Gunnell Mine with an empty coal car.


Here is an overall view of the Grand Army mine.  The spur at left serves the ore loading bins, and there is another spur, not shown, for unloading coal into the bins at the rear of the mine.



The caboose and flatcar are sitting on the mainline, and there are two loaded ore cars to be picked up from the Grand Army line.  The loco must be working the switchback to the Whiting Mine while the rest of its train waits.

We'll halt our tour for the day, and next time, maybe we'll follow trains as they head down Chase Gulch to the mills.

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 Posted: Thu Nov 8th, 2012 11:13 pm
   
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Welcome aboard, Keith! Great stuff! You're layout looks terrific. The colors and textures of the terrain are very realistic, and I love all the mining structures. Has your layout been in the Gazette?



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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 09:17 am
   
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Keith-

"Mines like the Frontenac appealed to me, because I could fit scale or near-scale sized models on my layout.  The many branches and spurs were excellent to model for operations - my preference is switching layouts, and that is basically what the Gilpin Tram was.  So, the decision was easy to switch to modeling the Gilpin Tram beginning about 1990 or so."

More than reason enough!!

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 10:28 am
   
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Are there any good books about the Gilpin Tram?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 10:39 am
   
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Mike-indeed! GILPIN GOLD TRAM by M H Ferrel is the "standby", THE GILPIN ERA by Abbott & McCoy is really nice (and expensive), THE GILPIN TRAM by Hollenback is an old, little book (the first one), a piece in LITTLE RAILWAYS OF THE WORLD by Shaw-along with the SCPA&M, many articles in the NG&SL Gazette, most written by Keith Pashina, and I am sure there are more out there. Well, you just had to ask! I'll bet that Keith knows about some more.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 10:55 am
   
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Wow.. Everything I wanted to know about the Gilpin Tram but was afraid to ask. I think I'll see if I can find the one by Mallory Hope Ferrel to begin with.

I gotta start looking for 2' gauge stuff now that I'm officially a 1:35n2 modeler. ;)

Mike



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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 11:01 am
   
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HIYA...

Great looking layout and rolling stock!!
I agree, the Gilpin and the Maine 2 footer lines are on my list of to model lines!!
When I get to the point that I can start a layout I plan on combining the two and moving them to the mid west.
Someplace between Louisville, KY and Saint Louis, MO.
If I plant my line in the Missouri area I can mine lead.
Kentucky.... probably red clay mud...
I plan on the Gilpin rolling stock for mining and the Maine lines for passenger and fast freight...

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 11:07 am
   
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HIYA...

If I had to make a choice I would say get Abbott/Mccoy 's book, the Gilpin Railroad Era... Big book for the bucks and much more information than the other. Both have lots and lots of pictures.
Just my 35 cents of advice...

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2012 11:10 am
   
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Welcome to freerails-I enjoyed your article on the sc pa & m and am looking forward to looking over your pics when I can get a computer. (Cant see them wAmcurrentCant on II-phone, on vacation mapping mining railroads, I. E . Helvetia ng any hackberry)



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