The following project photos are of the 40" x 8' D&RGW Douglas Creek HOn3 narrow gauge layout completed in 2015. This layout features a modular design that allows it to be split into two 40" x 48" halves so that it's easier to handle and move upon delivery. The lower decorative cabinet can also be disassembled down to all 4 sides for ease of moving.
This layout’s theme was set in the high mountains of Colorado in the late 1930’s. The layout was designed to be a walk around or table top style. The track used was Peco Hon3 Code 70 flex track with Peco Medium Uni-Frog turnouts that were manually operated, and the track was installed on cork roadbed at a height of 52” from the floor. The track was laid with 18” radius minimum curves. The scenery was done with plaster cloth over carved foam. The backdrops were hand painted on both sides and inserted into the center of the layout. Accessory lighting was powered by an adjustable 12V power supply and the trains were operated by a Digitrax DCC system.
Below are photos of the Douglas Creek D&RGW HOn3 layout.
This photo and the next 4, are of the front of the layout. This side of the layout's setting is in a small and narrow high mountain meadow that was deemed to be a good place by the D&RGW to establish a depot and small railroad servicing facility. As time went on, a community of cattle ranchers grew around the small valley and it soon became the hub of all activity.
This photo and the next 3 are of the backside of the layout. This side of the layout's locale is set in the high country up on a high mountain pass.
All tunnel portals were scratch built and had a custom fabricated full length rock liner.
This a nice craftsman kit from Evergreen Hill Designs.
Scratch built wood livestock pens with water troughs sat next to a Walther's HO Windmill kit.
In this photo we see the scratch built Douglas Creek depot with covered loading dock and a Durango Press HOn3 wood water tank craftsman kit.
This photo shows the fork in the road just in front of the depot. The coal truck on the other side of the tracks is on its way to make a delivery to residents 10 miles up the canyon.
The roof were easily lifeted off all buildings on the layout to easily add more accessories or change and bulbs.
This photo shows an HO Bachmann "Thomas the Tank & Friends" built-up coaling tower modified for where it's placed. I added the front walkway, side coal elevator & bin, nut and bolt details, new corrugated roofing, ladders, and fabricated an operating coal chute that you can manually position up or down.
The sand building was a part wood scratch build and kit bashed project which I think shares a likeness to D&RGW prototypes.
This scratch built wood loading dock is a nice touch.
Wood framed scratch built loco shop and general community workshop.
This loco shop had no problem holding the Blackstone Model C-19 or the K-27. I made the structure so that the roof easily came off and details could be added. It featured board by board framing with Northeastern scribed siding. Additionally all doors on both ends wore movable and could be positioned open or closed.
I thought the miner with his mule was a nice touch for the region.
The following couple photos are of the Woodland Scenics' HO cast metal sawmill kit that was re-configured to fit the space I had provided.
This is an overview photo of the creek section of the layout. It's on the backside and was cut in to simulate a nice stream that had cut its way through a steep canyon.
A short scratch built wood curved trestle spanned the stream below.
Along with the miner and pack mule, I had to have a prospector on the river doing a little panning as well.
Scratch built wood bridge over Douglas Creek.
This is an overview photo of the small switching junction on the backside of the layout. I added the spur to store rollingstock that services the sawmill and the mine. It also doubled as a MOW and watering depot for the locos.
Scratch built wood MOW shed and Woodland Scenics' cast metal & wood water tank kit. The water tank frame was lowered to better suit narrow gauge refilling.
Another overview shot of the junction and the mine facility.
This is the JV Models Bunt River Mine wood craftsman kit. I built this model to have an operational ore chute and door.
The roof on the mine bucket winch shed does come off to reveal the winch and cable. Should the (elastic) cable somehow get broken down the road, it can easily be repaired.
This scratch built wood tunnel portal is loosely based on the Colmbres & Toltec's Mud tunnel portal.
The following 11 photos are all night shots of the layout.
The lighting is downe with all 12 volt bulbs powered by an adjustable 3v to 12v 1 AMP power supply.
Potentially visible bulbs under the depot and inside the loco shop have lamp shades on them.
All outside pole lamps are scratch built and feature lamp shades as well.
Nice well lit loco shop interior and grounds.
The backside of the layout only has 1 light at each of the industries and/or primarily where the train crews would need them to light their way during any night ops.
A cool shot of the sawmill's light as it glimmers on Douglas Creek under the bridge.
A bit hard to notice since there is only one window, but I also added a light to the inside of the MOW shed.