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bullbrauch

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Silverthorne- The New Layout
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:39:50 AM »
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Gang,

I've uploaded a couple track plans, one fully stocked with cars and one without. I believe it to be the plan I will actually build and I'm looking for some heckling, err I mean input from the group.

It's my fictional Silverthorne, it represents an agricultural community in a mountain valley. The Keystone Branch wanders into the mountains to the Northeast to service the mines in the Montezuma Range. (Might change the Silverthorne Tram to Montezuma Tram.) A 2 foot gauge tram is seen bringing ore to the mills on the branch. The Silverthorne Mill (maybe Montezuma Mill) is designed around Anvil Mountain Models "Modular Timber Framing System" and is very large being fed ore by both an aerial tram and the 2 footer.

The engine facilities are spartan using a tractor to coal locos and drying sand in the enginehouse. The facilities service locos for the Keystone Branch and helpers to tackle the climb up Silverthorne Hill.

Staging is accomplished via a cassette system and provides cars for what ammounts to a large switching layout. The 2 footer wll not operate on this iteration only being represented by small sections.

The town is set in the mid 50's while the branch is a bit of a time warp going back another 20-30 years or more.

Let me know what you think!! Ooh, I'm also curious if you guys like the enginhoue or roundhouse more.


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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 07:24:06 AM »
Looks good.  Looks like a hell of a lot of fun to me.  I like the roundhouse only because you might wish you had more loco storage in the future.  It would be cool if  you could make the 2 foot line operational.  It's funny, I looked at the layout plan first and then read your comments.  I thought the same thing re: "A large switching layout".  To be honest, I'm not a switching layout kinda guy, but I can see where if you were, this would be the kind of layout to build.

What kind of elevation change is on the layout?
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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 08:37:33 AM »
Very interesting. I think I would like the square engine house.
But you write about dual gauge. I can't see which tracks are standard, narrow or dual gauge tracks. Can you help please?

With my P&SL layout I will have a dual gauge turntable too.  :)

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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 06:06:47 PM »
Thanks Phil, I'm pretty excited to get going!  The town is essentialy flat with only minor differences between the main and some sidings.  The branch will climb to 4" by the end on a 4% grade.

Wolfgang,

The only dual gauge track is in the engine facilities, it is used for major servicing of the 2' gauge shays for the tram.  You caan see this track as the one that extends out the rear of both the roundhouse and square enginhouse.  The majority of the layout is Colorado standard gauge. (3')  With some small sections of 2' above the mills in the mining area representing a 2' gauge tram serving the mines of the area and delivering the ore to the mills
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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2012, 07:06:39 PM »
Branden..how do you turn the engines around at the end?  Are you going to add a Wye or ?..

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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2012, 08:37:23 PM »
Brandan,

Looks like a promising layout.  You seem to have an interesting mix of D&RGW Valley Line and C&S Clear Creek influences (at least that's what it seems) combined into a plausible freelance scenario.  That's my basic idea as well - my favorite prototypes are the Silverton shortlines and the Chili Line and I couldn't think of a way to realistically put both on the same layout, so I invented a pair of connected freelanced lines in Utah and Arizona to represent the influence of both.

It seems like the corner where the Silverthorne Mill is could be rearranged to fit a wye or turntable/runaround.  You might have to settle for a smaller mill or mine, or possibly just move the large mill to where the Golden Age is currently located.  Just a thought.

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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2012, 12:59:36 AM »
Hey Gang,

I reworked the end of the branch and after running some virtual trains up there found a way to include a TT and runaround.  I'm busy the next couple days but will post a revised trackplan soon.
Brandan

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Re: Silverthorne- The New Layout
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2012, 09:14:11 PM »
Nice layout....

I see the old gotta-go-around-the-chimney-plan, huh?  I'm with you.

In that set up I like the engine house, even with the turntable.  But then I like roundhouses, too.

GPatton