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 Posted: Fri Dec 19th, 2014 07:41 pm
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I'm here in Colorado for Christmas and I plan to see a lot of railroad related places of interest. While not everyone is lucky enough to spend Christmas in such a fine state, hopefully this can give ideas for places to see if/when anyone decides to come. I'm also here to research the prototype routes of the Midland and the Colorado & Southern railroads. So then, without further adieu, please check in regularly the next 3 weeks for a photo Journey of Colorado's Railroads.

Thank You and Merry Christmas!

--James:java:



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 Posted: Fri Dec 19th, 2014 08:10 pm
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Day 1:

Day 1 started with me waking up in a hotel at Hot Springs, South Dakota. The sun greeted us along the riverwalk where a railroad ROW once traversed:



Halfway to Cheyenne we crossed the BNSF tracks now famous for it's ong coal drags. This picture was taken at Guernsey WY in front of the Medicine Bow Range:



As day 1 progressed, we made it to Cheyenne Wyoming where we stopped at the Depot Museum. I was hoping that UP #4014 would be open for viewing, but that was not the case. Instead, I went to #2 on my checklist and went into the Museum to see Harry Brunk's famous layout:










I have to say, Mr Brunk's layout is one absolutely fabulous piece of modeling!

I'm glad I stopped by to see the layout because it will help me gain a better idea of what I can model in HOn30 on my next modeling project. Definitely, I plan to buy the two compilation books about going up Clear Creek.

As I neared our destination of Colorado Springs, The afternoon sun combined with the right amount of clouds gave us a heck of a scene as we drove along the front range:



As we headed to Colorado Springs, it became too dark to see. However, we'll pick up the action in the next day or two.

Once again have a Merry Christmas wherever you are. Feel free to comment with suggestions of where to go andor questions about anything related to Colorado's Railroads and/or what I'm doing.

--James

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Sweet! I would love to see Harry's layout in person someday. Thanks for the pics.



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Thanks for the great photos of Harry's great layout.

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:glad::glad::glad::moose::moose::moose::old dude:



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 Posted: Sat Dec 20th, 2014 10:16 pm
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Thanks guys!

Well, nothing much to report today. We spent the day relaxing and catching up on sleep. However, we did manage to get out and tour around Colorado Springs for a few hours.

So then, how about a few more photos of Mr. Brunk's layout?

Here they are:







I'll hang onto a couple in case I have another day where nothing happens.

Oh yes, I also recieved a book from amazon.com that I've been waiting months for, "Logging Railroads of Minnesota" by Frank A. king. So far it's a great book and I'm enjoying reading it in my down time.

So then, until tomorrow, enjoy the holidays wherever you may be!

--James:java:



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I do have some news to report. While nothing was done today due to an overcast and crappy day, tomorrow I'll be visiting Cripple Creek, so I can not only advance this thread, but also my thread about the Colorado Midland.

So then, stay tuned for tomorrow evening!

--James:java:



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Thanks for the additional pics!

What's the story on the area under construction in the first two photos?



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Ray, sorry for the late reply. I've been doing some family stuff.

The two areas under construction are additions/modifications to the layout by the staff at the museum. The first area under construction is "Golden" which is the town the C&S Clear Creek division was based out of. Golden is now a suburb of Denver, but at one time was in the running to be the capitol of Colorado.

The other areas of bare foam I think are where holes are being filled. The layout had to be modified from it's original shape to fit the space in the museum, which meant a few extra sections and a coupe of holes to be filled with foam.

However, the man standing by the layout to answer questions and prevent damage from little and adult children said they tried to keep Harry's work as original as possible whiles still being practical. Overall, Mr. Brunk did a fine job representing the Clear Creek line with a high degree of accuracy, at least by model railroad standards.

I'm happy to say that I managed to get to Cripple Creek, and I took many photos of the terrain, the colorado Midland roadbed, and got up close to the Tereasa mine. But alas, gift opening begins shortly with the family, so I have to end the post here.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night! Updates tomorrow!

--James:java:



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Family stuff, at Christmas time? I think I've heard of that. ;)

Seriously, thanks for the info. I figured it was probably where they had to patch pieces together that didn't quite fit in the new configuration. Looks like they're doing a good job getting it all to match the original work.



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