EXPANDING THE MODEL RAILROAD
Well actually, the title above is about as long as the extension!
One wall of my layout room is 96" long.
My current model railroad is built of modular "artists boards",
which are 1/8" thick hardboard on a plywood cradle frame 1 1/2" tall.
The sizes I purchased left an 8" unused segment along the wall.
I decided to extend the track, by adding a 9" long section.
A few years ago I built a test layout with the sections to see how they worked.
I had a now-surplus 9" board, originally part of a curved end of the modular layout.
I trimmed the ends of the recycled 9" section,
so the end profiles matched the standardized end of the adjacent style section.
I temporarily stripped off the trees, and cut off some of the painted foam rocks.
I re-attached the foam rocks into the now cut-down scenery near the two ends,
added colored Sculptamold for ground fill, and matching ground foams and textures.
The former curved track through this section was removed,
a new 9" straight section added.
Several years ago, I wrote an article on the Gilpin Tram water tanks,
published in Light Iron Digest magazine.
At that time, I made a master and cast 4 tanks in resin.
I placed one of the cast water tanks on this section.
This new section gives me a longer switching lead at the end of the layout,
a place to water locomotives, and makes a nice end to the layout along this wall.
In the future, the track at right will lead to my staging area.
I am not certain which direction I will go.
On one of my previous model layouts, I used a pivoting sector table with 4 tracks.
That worked fine, but I may try just having a platform and take cassettes on and off.
After all, my HOn30 trains are short, usually only 12" - 18" in length,
so a cassette would not weigh much.
More to ponder on this.
Over the past couple of years, I finished acquiring and kitbashing a couple of locomotives.
One of these was a bit wider than the Shay I had been using, and got hung up,
passing a couple of wooden cribbing walls at the James Henry and the Woods mines.
I found that a partially-built resin model of a Sandy River & Rangely Lakes RR plow
(a resin kit from Kennebunk Models purchased about 20 years ago)
was the widest piece of equipment of rolling stock I had.
If this plow didn't hit the scenery, nothing else would.
To remedy the tight clearances, I had to move the wood cribbed wall back about 1/8".
This was easy to do, I cut a slot behind the wood cribbing,
and dug out a strip of the foam scenery base, and sprayed the area with water.
This softened the PVA (white Elmers glue) sufficiently,
so everyone could be gently pushed away from the track.
A few wood members fell out of alignment and need to be glued back into place.
I had a similar issue at the wood cribbing wall alongside the Woods Mine,
and make the same modification.
The white material is styrofoam I inserted and glued into the slot cut behind the cribbed wall.
I will paint it, and glue replacement rock covering at the top of the wall and base of the wall.
While doing these repairs,
I spotted a few other glitches in the model layout that I will need to modify.
I will post about those as soon as I get them done.
'til next time
With a recently completed mail/baggage car,
I encountered the same clearance problem.
In my case I had to move a transfer dock over about a 1/4"
Clearance is an issue that even the best of us sometimes forget.
Check, check, and check again.
Nye, Inyo & Esmeralda Railroad
Prototype railways had similar problems.
The K&S Rly. had to widen rock cuts and move track to the outer edge of a couple of bridges,
to allow clearance when they purchased ex RGS 31 Rotary and a OF 2-8-0 in 1897.
My model of the Rotary is my clearance guide for scenery etc.
Kaslo & Slocan Railway
International Navigation & Trading Co
Kootenay Railway & Navigation Co.
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I wish to pose a few questions about the Gilpin engine house.
1 - I know a water tank was in the roof,
was it able to fill the Shay tanks on all 3 tracks,
or just the last track that the large Shays used ?
2 - What was in the upper part of the split level of the engine house ?
Did they have a forge and lathe in there ?
3 - Was the lower level of the split level used only for storage,
or was there an office in there ?
Greg, those are some interesting questions about the Gilpin Tram "Roundhouse"
(they called it that, even though it was more like a rectangular barn).
First, about the water tank in the roof - there is really nothing known about it,
other than a newspaper mention of it that Dan Abbott found in his research.
Where in the roof was it? How were the locos watered?
I have never seen a photo of it.
Perhaps, since it was high in the roof,
simple piping and hoses could have been used, but that is my speculation.
Second, about the interior,
there is only speculation as to what was on the first and second floors.
There is no floor plan, interior photos, etc.
There may be some hints of what was there, however, in some of the photos.
In the photo above when looking in the left-hand stall door,
there is some light discoloration seen.
Assuming this is not a flaw on the camera's negative,
maybe we are looking at doors or windows on the back wall?
So, maybe the interior was not excessively cluttered with "stuff".
Another well-known photo shows the left side of the enginehouse,
the one with the mainline trestle next to it.
The bottom level door seems to show another window on the back wall.
My assumptions, and that is all they are,
was that since this building started out as a horse barn,
there must have been two levels.
The building is set onto sloping, rocky ground,
so it would have been a lot of work to excavate the lower level into the rock,
and maybe it was only a partial lower level.
If you go back to the 531st Post in this Thread (March 21, 2020),
you can see my model build of the enginehouse,
and my speculations on how the interior may have looked.
My friend Lind Wickersham built an On2 model of the GT enginehouse,
and also with a full interior.
His interior is different from mine,
but he based his model on what he interpreted from the photos, too.
So, if you are building a model of the GT enginehouse,
I would say do whatever looks right to you, as long as it seems plausible.
This is an enlargement of a well-known photo,
that may be of similar vintage as the previous photo.
The stacks and vents on the roof may give some clues as to what was inside.
We know there were some level of repairs and maintenance inside,
so there was some machinery inside.
I think the stacks centered over the stalls were likely smoke vents for the locos.
The stacks differ because the stalls were constructed at different times.
There was a stove for heating inside the enginehouse.
We know this because there is an 1888 newspaper story,
describing how someone was thawing dynamite on the stove one wintry day,
and the inevitable happened! No one was killed,
but the newspaper said the enginehouse was "shook up". I'll bet it was!
And there is a C&S "Authority to Purchase" document
(copied from the Colorado Railroad Museum Collection) dated September 29, 1911,
giving authorization for purchase of "one SH 16" lathe" and one "SH drill press",
and installing them in the "Gilpin Shop at Black Hawk."
What are the other stacks?
We don't know for sure, but my guesses are:
- Brick chimney is lower left hand corner of roof: a stove, or maybe a small forge.
- Tallest metal stack: my guess is a boiler stack.
- Perhaps for a boiler to power a steam engine to power a belt drive.
- I think there probably was a boiler as there was a whistle in front of the big stack.
The enginehouse was also modern back in the day.
There are newspaper references describing there was a phone in the enginehouse by 1890.
Maybe this suggests there was an office, too!
That's all for now.
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Thanks for your reply and added information.
Some sort of gelled with what I thought.
I am in the process of getting back into Gilpin modelling after a long lay off,
and am building an On30 version of the engine house.
My original, which photos were posted on these pages,
was sold off and dismantled.
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