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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 09:18 am
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Thanks Helmut. I've already tried Denver Public Library - they have some good old RR photos, especially of Victor & Cripple Creek, but, so far, nothing on the D&PSN or subsequent D&RGW at Pagosa Springs.

James: we of course have the Welsh but they are more or less now fully integrated* into the UK !.
* I have to say that because I'm married to one, she is still totally fluent in their strange language, as I know every time we visit her relatives in the mountains !. When they start gabbling in Welsh I reply in Italian - they soon get the message.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 12:19 pm
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Caro Michele,
I'm referring to this: http://eadsrv.denverlibrary.org/sdx/pl/doc-tdm.xsp?id=WH1314_d0e36&fmt=text&base=fa

Croeso o cwt-y-bugail

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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 01:02 pm
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Michael,

If and when you take a trip to the US, particularly Colorado, take time to check out all the local libraries and especially take time to browse local book stores. When I was researching the Colorado and Southern in Colorado Springs and Denver I ran across several great books, a map, and even a booklet of post cards showing the Georgetown Loop, Georgetown, and the surrounding area.

Also, look online for "Colorado Narrow Gauge Annual." They are hardcover books about 150 pages thick and each issue focuses on a particular area or railroad in Colorado. Issue number 10 told the full story of the Colorado Central heading up Clear Creek to Silver Plume and to Black Hawk via a tributary of Clear Creek.

No doubt several issues have been about Southwestern Colorado. Believe me, you won't be disappointed if you buy one of these. They sell between 12 and 30 dollars online. I believe I got mine at the Colorado Railroad Museum for $24.99. Might sound pricy, but you won't get a better deal for the amount of information and photos they have, plus it's cheaper than a magazine subscription such as the "Gazette" which rivals the Colorado Rail Annual in narrow gauge information.

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Hau etanhan He sapa

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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 03:30 pm
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Cari Signori,

Helmut:
According to my Wild Lady of the Mountains (Mrs Salada) that should be "Croeso oddi wrth cwt y bugail" or "Welcome from the shepherds hut".

James:
I've seen from your blog listing of research tools that you rate the Colorado Annuals. (you see, somebody reads your blog !!)(your baseboard module design is certainly novel but might perhaps 'crowd' your depicted scene when viewed from a few feet away ?; like looking down a telescope the wrong way round ??).
I guess by the phonics that's probably an Indian dialect/language ?

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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2014 03:53 pm
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Helmut, many thanks for your link to the Sullenberger Collection in Denver Public Library. Looks like they have got exactly what I'm looking for, RR plans & even car diagrams but looks like nothing has been digitised.
We'll have to visit Denver !.

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One thing I've learned from train shows is that the people never want to be a few feet away. Instead they'd prefer to have their heads within the layout combing over the scenes with a magnifying glass. To be honest, I'm still not sure this design will work at all, but I can always go with more traditional routes if necessary.

If I were to build the layout as a permanent display, I'd give the modules more height, have the bench work curve around the walls and I'd have towering mountains. But since it doesn't fit into a trailer or the back of a pick up, that design will have to wait until I have the space.

It's Lakota, "Hello from the Black Hills", Hello (hau) from (etanhan) the hills which are black or Sacred Black Hills (He Sapa); which ever you prefer.

The Black Hills are sacred to a number of tribes, but the Lakota have held the land since the 1770's when they took it from the Kiowa.

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Hi again James,
Obviously our Exhibitions/Shows are different. There are usually railings/low barriers in front of exhibits to keep the public back a bit & also to stop little fingers fiddling, or big ones for that matter.

Black Hills ? What happened to the Homestake Mine ?(was,or still is, the world's deepest mine).

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Homestake became and underground research facility. It's currently the world's deepest permanent research facility. Yep, it was the world's deepest gold mine and believe me it's one giant hole in the ground, over 8,000 feet deep. The mine closed up in 2002 after 125 years of continuous operation, I believe that's also longer than any gold mine in the Western Hemisphere, certainly North America where mines typically only lasted a couple decades.

Lead and Deadwood certainly Boomed, but they haven't busted yet.

Finally... Yes, British shows, from what I've heard, are a bit less chaotic. People aren't rude, but when several hundred people upwards of a thousand are in one or two buildings in a National show, people tend to forget about personal space.

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I drove through Dragon (Uintah Railway) back in the 1980s with some friends.  Wasn't really much to see other than a wooden sign that said 'Dragon'.  Lots of scrub that pretty much obliterated any traces of any foundations.



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