Construction on the outdoor railroad started in 2000. There is currently, (as of August, 2016), 4,100 feet of track laid. The track is being assembled in the shop into 10 foot panels generally following the Train Mountain track design. There are several differences from the TM design; 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 built, the first being 135 feet long, the second 60 feet long and a 20 foot loading trestle.
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 another photo looking down hill on the 3% area of the mainline.
Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Flat Car Number 259
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 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.