Construction on the outdoor railroad started in 2000.  There is currently, (as of August, 2011), 2,000 feet of track laid.  The overall track plan is for about 4000 feet of mainline.  The track is being assembled in the shop into 10 foot panels generally following the Train Mountain track design.  There are several differences; the tie length is 18.5" vs 16", tie spacing is 5.5" on centers, and the sides of the Aluminum rail is being painted "rust" to improve the appearance.

Because of the hilly nature of the property, the maximum grade is 3% from the house to the lower meadow.  There is also a total of 3 trestles being built, the first being 135 feet long.

Here I am operating in the snow for the first time.  The engine is a Roll Models 2.5" scale transfer switcher.

 

Here is a shot of the back of the same train in the snow.  The caboose is a model of the C&S caboose 1009 which is on display at the Colorado Railroad museum.  It has been modified with regular archbar trucks for smoother operation on some of my sharp curves.

This is one of the stub switches on the wye up near the house.  The harp switch stand is my own home grown design.


 

 

 

This is another photo looking down hill on the 3% area of the mainline. 












The first trestle completed on the railroad.  It is 135 feet long, 8 feet high, on a 2% grade and curved at the lower end.


This is the farthest point on the railroad, about 1,000 feet from the house.  This part of the track forms a large balloon track allowing easy return to the house.


The train is sitting on recently complete track work that is my phase 2 extension of the railroad.  The train is sitting on a heavy duty crossing that can handle and has been tested with equipment weighing up to 50,000 pounds.


The second trestle has also been recently completed.  I call it my bridge to everywhere since equipment from other railroads can be loaded at this location.


This high side gondola along with a second flat car like #259 were built last winter.


Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Flat Car   Number 259

The Prototype:

The Prototype is a 30 foot flat car built by the Southern Pacific in 1890.  It was originally numbered 481 and was renumbered 259 in 1946-47.  It survived to the end of narrow gauge operations then went to William Harrah in Sparks, Nevada. 

The Model:

The model is built in 2.5” to the foot scale and is designed to be able to haul 2 adult ‘full scale’ passengers.  It was built to scale based on the Sn3 scale drawing by Herman Darr published in the “Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge” book by Mallory Hope Ferrell.

The frame of the car is entirely fabricated from solid Oak.  The decking is from Douglas Fir.

Many of the detail parts were fabricated plus some parts came from Como Roundhouse and Roll Models.