Progress on the Highline trestle

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by jwmurrayjr, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    HI folks! This is my first post on the Guage and I'm pretty new at this (about a year). You've got a lot of good stuff here.

    Well, the Highline trestle is finally open for operation. Construction has made a major turning loop unavailable for some weeks now, but at last the bridge is open for traffic.

    The landscaping crew still has a lot of work to do covering that blue foam and installing rocks, water, etc. (Model RR is sort of reverse of the start with a nice flat plane which trains could really fly over and you build grades and stuff to slow them down and make operating more (??) interesting.)

    Anyway thanks to Construction Consultant Railery and others for their help.

    There's still a lot painting and detailing to be done but the trains are rolling.

    Thanks for looking,
  2. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Wow! Beautiful stuff. Is this based on the RGS?

  3. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    Yes, the RGS is the "inspiration" but I'm afraid it's not going to be very prototypical: Standard HO, not narrow guage and I really don't know much about the mining and logging industries. But there is a lot to draw upon in these forums.

    It'll be fun trying to make it look good and fun to run, I think.

  4. Very nice, Jim. This looks like an excellent start to a very nice layout!

    And welcome to the Gauge. There's a great bunch of folks here. And some of them are even sane. :D :D
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    :eek: :eek: :eek: WOW :eek: :eek: :eek: Love that tressle! How many years ya been doin' this stuff? :D :D :D I can sense loggin in your blood! You should enjoy the logging line if you haven't already!

    Welcome aboard, Jim! What a great start you have there! I can't wait to see this one unfold ;)
  6. Uteram

    Uteram Member

    Not a problem. I do the same type of modeling. I call it "simulated narrow gauge". See my photos below for a look.

    I've taken a stance that with a lack of RTR equipment in HOn3, I'd opt for an authentic look using small engines (shays, 2-6-0, 2-8-O, Heislers, etc) and keep rolling stock to a minimum of 40 feet, I should be able to capture the look of Colorado narrow gauge.

    I've entertained the though of doing a diorama layout (2x6 or 2x8) on a sheet of plywood in HOn3, just to get a feel for it. Then I see what I still have to do with my current layout and I think I'll put that thought away for awhile.:D
  7. jwmurrayjr

    jwmurrayjr Member

    Thanks guys.

    Uteram, where are those pictures? I'd like to see them.

    I've been at this layout for about 8 mos, but have liked trains forever, I guess.

    The trestle is the Heljan plastic kit. The instructions are really poor but the kit has a lot of potential for different kinds of trestles and it only cost $16 at the LTS. :)
  8. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Hi Jim, Welcome to the Gauge. Looks great to me!
    I like the styro method your using too build with too.

  9. Uteram

    Uteram Member


    My photos are in my original posts on the board. I meant to look on the board. I justed posted a few this morning showing my progress.
  10. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Welcome to the Gauge! :) Looks like you are off to a VERY nice start on your layout! :cool:
  11. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    You may want to read some of this thread, there are some nice links. Early on in my quest for narrow gauge, Stev, Lighthorseman, advised I consider HO standard with the look and feel of NG. Well, I went full circle. I wanted n3, then n30 then I planned a tripple gauge layout, HO main with HOn3 on one mountain, HOn30 on the other, and finally, after 6 months of searching, and rarely finding, I'm taking Steve's advice and following Shamus's lead. HO. I may still sneak in a little NG spurt going into a mine or such, but nothing major. I realize the modeling is what's important to me, not the track. Rock on.
  12. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Super trestle Jim! And welcome.

  13. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Welcome Jim.
    Great pic's and very nice work.
  14. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Looks GREAT!!


    Looks like you're off to a superb start! Looking forward to progress pictures.:) :)

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