The Gorge is growing

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by Collyn, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    layout pics of the gorge

    My layout is finally starting to take some shape this weekend I just started to make the gorge. I got the sculptamold on have started painting the base coat. The layout is very lossly based of the area I live in. Starting from left to right is the royal gorge and the arkansas river. Then in the center will be modern Canon City(pronounced canyon, its spanish, supposed to have the ~) the center mountain divides the modern from the old. On the far right is the old fronter town. On the top above the frontier town is a prison, the county i'm in has 14 including the highest security prison in the country. Our lastest big name is musawi. Right of that will be a gold mine. Cripple Creek is just a few miles away!

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  2. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    another coat of paint
    the color is really off due to the light

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  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thats coming together nicely Collyn.

    I put dimmer switches on the lights so I could controll the time of day so to speak.

    I helps in picture taking.
  4. nscale2006

    nscale2006 New Member

    You are certainly putting a lot of effort into your layout, coming along great.
  5. Clerk

    Clerk Active Member

    :wave: :wave: Looking good :thumb: :thumb:
  6. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    What a bad day:curse::curse::curse::curse::curse:. For some reson my 2-8-2, my main and only working locomotive for now will not run, I can't get it to do anything,. It goes 8 inces then stops or derails or decouples. Worst of all the smoke box door came of inside one of the tunnels. It can't be the track, I have only been working in a small section and it's not dirty wheels.:confused:
  7. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    I almost forgot a track plan. Dark track is the tunnels. The only change I made when building was to not have the loop in the center. It looked stupid.

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  8. Collyn

    Collyn Member


    Much better day. I soldered jumper wires to several points. And found the smoke box door. Everything is working better. I also cleaned the wheels again. The solderind was alot easyer than I thought.:thumb: The only problem I had was, don't laugh too hard, I got my wires crossed.:oops:tooth1 Anyone with critisism feel free to speak your mind, I can take it.
  9. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    We all get our wires crossed occasionally. With me, it happens pretty regularly.
  10. ILCEN

    ILCEN Member

    Looking good!
  11. jflessne

    jflessne Member

    FYI: I'm not at this point yet but I'm told it's essential.

    Build a buzzer: a 9 volt battery and a buzzer (Radio Shack has them) connected between the two
    buss wires will buzz the instant you start to wire a short into the layout.
  12. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    I still am not sure what I should do in the front right side of the layout. I am thinking an engine house with a couple of sidings kin of like the plan. I was aslo thinking about a quarry yard. Any Ideas of what you thing I should do.
  13. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    Here is a picture of the front corner. Excuse the mess, it's not normally like that.:oops:

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  14. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    what kind of eqquipment would be in an agrigate quarry. What do they use to load the cars. Could I use some coal type equipment if I go this rout.
  15. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    Another project is I want to build and install this hanging bridge so I can finish my river here is the real one. Its going in the part of the gorge that is finished in the top photos

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  16. Collyn

    Collyn Member


    Finaly got some more progress done. I added more trees, added the back drop, covered up some of the old balast with finer ballast, added some dead grass color flocking on the mountian slopes, added some other shrubery

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  17. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Looks good, Collyn! Nice job on the rocks.
  18. Nazgul

    Nazgul Active Member

    That is looking sweet!!!:thumb: The backdrop looks great and also ditto on the rocks....It all looks great!:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  19. viperman

    viperman Active Member

    Looking good. I really like that hanging bridge. Know much about them?
  20. Collyn

    Collyn Member

    as far as I know thats the only one. There was literally a war over building the line through the gorge to get to all the silver mining areas between denver&riograde western and santafe. The were multiple lawsuits, the track layers were leapfroging over each other and the crew and track layers carried loaded rifels at all times . So this was the quickest way to lay the track. The were lots of acts of sabatoge, the rolled bolders on top of each other, they even built forts to protect themselves and there tools. The story is really interesting check it out here

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