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Colorado became the 38th state of the Union on the 29th December 1876, only 25 years after the first settlement was established in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. To say that construction of the railroads in the Rockies was difficult is a massive understatement.
Men and mules alone accounted for the mountain grades that brought the three foot iron to Alamosa and Silverton and over Marshall Pass into the Gunnison country.
All supplies and construction material had to be carried in for the railroad by mule team or trains of oxen. In their ongoing pursuit of the riches of the mountains the Narrow Gauge railroads built towering structures to scale the mighty canyon walls and tunnelled relentlessly through the bluffs and outcroppings to reach the work camps. Although a fictitious location, the layout is set in one of the many canyons typical of Colorado where mining and logging proliferated. Here you will be able to see fragile wooden trestle bridges curving round mountains, view soaring steel trestles crossing valleys and hear the sounds of steam engines roaring out of rock faced tunnels. With steam predominant on both the Narrow and Standard gauge tracks, the marvels of late 19th and early 20th Century motive power will parade before your very eyes. The setting is also bounded by the wilderness of the mountain forests where you will be able to see Black Bears in their natural habitat.
This layout represents a typical sub shed, located somewhere in the industrial West Midlands on the Western Region of British Railways during the mid 1960s.
All locomotives are ready to run, however most have been extensively weathered by SCRS member Mrtin Smith using Carrs weathering powders. The layout is self-supporting, self illuminated and is provide with drapes and a name board. This little layout was inspired by, but is clearly not a model of, the Cromford and High Peak line in Derbyshire. Steep gradients, short headshunts, automatic uncoupling and numerous isolating sections make for interesting operation in a small space. The layout can be assembled and fully operational within 30 minutes of arrival at an exhibition. When the GWR extended the Leominster to Kington branch on to New Radnor, the new railway ran for a distance parallel to the old horse drawn tramway which ran up on to Hergest Ridge. The GWR were persuaded to construct a small station at Hergest to allow a secondary interchange between the standard and narrow gauges. The layout is set in the autumn of 1947, a surfeit of ex- army road vehicles and the return to civilian life of men seeking work would lead to the closure of both the narrow gauge and standard gauge railways within the next five years.
Journeys in excess of 90 minutes duration or more than 80 miles each way would probably require overnight accommodation. It is self-supporting, self- illuminated and is provided with fireproofed drapes and a name board. Mannin Middle assumes the Foxdale branch had been extended southwards to form a junction with the southern line at Ballasalla. The layout was originally built by Hugh Freeman of Kenilworth and was purchased by the present owner in 1999.
The layout is the group project built by members of the West Midlands branch of the 009 Society and is used both as an exhibition layout and a test track. Situated somewhere in England, the old mineral line took quarried products from Darley Moor to the main line at Ottery.
The failure of the South Devon Railway to promote a crossing of the River Dart beyond Churston in 1861 led to the town of Dartmouth becoming unique in having a railway station but alas, no railway! This model endeavours to depict how things might have been if Brunel's original attempt to persuade the Lords of the Admiralty of the necessity for a bridge across the Dart had been successful. The branch is used by both companies which accounts for the mixture of stock hauled by varying locomotives.
The layout which is normally operated by three people, is controlled from a central console having mimic diagram with route setting. The prototype Laira Bridge carried the railway over the River Plym on the Eastern side of Plymouth.
There was a road bridge in front of the railway bridge, which was eventually replaced by a wider modern bridge on a straighter alignment.
The layout is not a model of the bridge, as it had 6 spans of twice the length of the model spans, was on a curve, and a rising gradient towards Plymstock. The barge is a model of the Tamar Barge 'Shamrock', which is preserved by the National Trust at Cotehele on the River Tamar. There was a steamer service from Turnchapel and Oreston to the Barbican, and it is intended to model one of the steamers.
The Lee Moor Tramway had two locomotives, which operated at the top of the line, the rest being horse worked!
Construction of the layout has been with the able assistance of Bryan Duley and Alan Searle The barge was built by Brian Jenkins from numerous photos taken of the original. The layout uses Peco track, Ratio and Wills buildings, Bachmann, Hornby, Dapol and Wrenn locomotives and rolling stock. The layout is run to a sequence timetable which, like the layout track plan and location is entirely fictitious. Custom Shed Wharf provides the visitor with an opportunity to deal with a complex shunting problem "hands on". The portion of the line modelled represents the terminus of the line at Portmanteau, which is the principal town on our imaginary island of Inguana. The buildings are all scratchbuilt and are based on actual structures from various ex-British Colonial railways. Fowlers Lake is the interchange between the Pacific North Western Railroad and the Little River Logging Company.
The Pacific North Western is a narrow gauge railroad that runs from Eureka in Northern California to Baxter's Pass in Oregon. The model depicts the rear of the Little River Logging Company's sawmill complex where the power station and loco servicing facilities are located.

As the Little River Logging Company has logged out the nearby timber it has agreed trackage rights with the Pacific North Western Railroad to reach new stands of timber.
The layout is set in the 1920's and some of the locomotives sent to the Pacific North Western by the United States Railroad Administration during the First World War have not yet been returned to there home roads.
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All rights reserved and no copying is allowed without the express permission of the copyright holders. However during the 50 years up to 1900 the area boomed thanks to silver and gold strikes around Leadville and in the Front Range, San Juan and Uncompahgre Mountains. Indeed no other railroad construction in the Old West, even in the mountains of Washington State and Oregon, faced the hazards and difficulties of the terrain tackled by the Rio Grande in the 1870's. Railroad ties were transported lashed to the backs of burros while rails were tied to saddles and trailed along the ground. Thus by the Georgetown, Breckenridge & Leadville Railway reached Silver Plume via the Georgetown Loop in 1884 and the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway completing the rack and pinion line to the 14,115-foot (4,302 m) summit of Pikes Peak in 1890. Wonder at the intricacy of the dual gauge track where the model point work had to be hand built to suit the location, and look out for the 2ft 6in gauge mine tram. Work weary, run down locomotives return for overnight servicing and simple running repairs during the last years of their working ives. This heavy weathering is not to everyone's taste but recalls my train spotting days as a teenager. Powerful tank engines charge the 1 in 14 gradients with short trains of empty mineral wagons. The tramway was upgraded to a steam powered narrow gauge line initially using a variety of locomotives but subsequently was able to make use of the ex- Glyn Valley Tramway locos which were purchased from the official receiver in 1935 and re-gauged to 2ft 3in. As well as servicing facilities at Hergest, the narrow gauge railway provided the local community with a means of transporting incoming coal and outgoing stone and local foodstuffs. Following a successful career in the Royal Engineers, Lord Fitztightly has used all his expertise and contacts to develop a passenger carrying railway in the old quarry on his estate.
Due to the severity of the gradients on Dogga Bank, largish tender engines were used, but these have not survived.
The stock is proprietary, some of which has been modified or detailed so as to suit the 1930's period.
The bridge is otherwise a copy of the original lattice bridge, which still stands, although the railway is long gone.
The Tamar joins the Plym at an area of water in front of Plymouth Hoe, known as the 'Sound'.
This was a deliberate choice to show what could be achieved by judicious selection of proprietary items. Built specifically for user interaction at exhibitions, his fellow operators are pleased to instruct a visitor who wishes to try and solve a knotty problem. This represents a prototype track gauge of 3ft 6ins, which was a common standard for British Colonial railways such as this. From here there is a frequent diesel and steam train service to Steamer Point which is represented by the fiddle yard.
At Fowlers lake the Pacific North Western meets the Little River Logging Company's narrow gauge track which services the large sawmill and heads off into the woods to where the current logging activity is. This means that Little River Logging trains will be seen passing through the Pacific North Western's Depot as well as that company's trains. This in turn led to boom times for both the Narrow and Standard Gauge railroads of the area, especially after the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad reached Leadville in 1880. Meanwhile the Standard Gauge roads ploughed through the valleys following the mighty rivers upstream, as typified by the Royal Gorge War between the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in 1879.
Listen to the working of the lumber camps and mines in the mountains and admire the laser cut wood and scratch built model buildings and structures in their working environment. After shunting the wagons on the summit the loaded wagons are carefully (very carefully!) taken back down the gradients to the exchange sidings. The passenger trains run on the lower level while the original quarry line is now used by smaller locomotives on demonstration goods trains. Turntables were installed in Ottery and Darley Village to enable the locos to run boiler first over the bank. There was never a Laira Bridge Station, but this has been added so that trains can stop for viewing.
At this depot incoming supplies are transferred to the Little River Logging Company's tracks and are switched to the company store or made into trains bound for the woods. Journeys in excess of 2 hours duration or more than 100 miles each way would probaly require overnight accommodation. With many narrow gauge locomotives from all corners of the world, a wide variety of motive power and stock can be seen. A preservation society took over the line in the 1950s and improved the track and obtained rolling stock from Europe and beyond. Some replica stock of British Outline has been built in the group’s workshop in Ottery - where the society’s HQ is located. The scene depicted is at Darley, where a cafeteria and booking office is situated off scene. At this point was also a junction for the Cattewater Branch, an extensive freight line, which served wharves and businesses along the Cattewater, which is the name of the area of water at the mouth of the Plym in front of the bridge. The railway was joined on the Cattewater wharves by the Lee Moor Tramway, the longer surviving part of the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway.

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