Structures for our layout


For our ON30 narrow gauge layout we are building some structures to help set the scene.  The layout is very loosely based on the DRGW during the summer of 1940.  The small portion of the railroad we are modeling is from Chama to Antonito.  The layout is for fun and is not meant to be a museum quality diorama.  It is to run trains on, have a lot of fun, and maybe if possible make it look like some of the scenes along the right of way.  Anyhow here are some of the structures.  Comments good or bad are always welcomed (might be ignored but always welcomed!)  smiley  Russ

Below:Chama Coaling tower (still needs some details)

Below: Typical DRGW section house (need 8 of these)

Below:  Roundhouse, freelance design.

Below: Oil House at Chama, storage for lubricants and some other volatiles.

Below: Mass produced water towers (need 7)

Below: Sandhouse at Chama

Below: Original depot at Cumbres Pass

Below: Just added the Gramps Oil dock at Chama


Nice standardization of

Nice standardization of structures, really captures the family look of things. I am not a modeler or follower of that particular road so do not know how accurate they are but do to the paint , lettering, and similarity they would all look very good to me. I am doing a free lance Line myself and since the section I plan on modeling was used by Pennsy and B&O as well as a few others I have some prototypes to tie in with the free lance. I will be using color scheme to tie my models together and hope it turns out as well as yours did.

Rob in Texas

Rob in Texas

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Almost standards

As it turns out for the few section houses I need, they were all just a little different.  Some had the porch to the right, some to the left, and one had no porch but simply an eye brow over the door! smiley They also had sort of a standard for bunk houses used to house the track crews etc,.  They had two kinds, one a stick built and one a log cabin style.  When the timber was scarce they did the stick built.  Then of course there were all of the 'standard' little sheds for tools, speeders, etc,.  The water tanks are 4 inch pvc pipe with a computer printed paper wrapper.  At a kit price tag of around $90 per, the pvc ones will do just fine! smiley Thanks for looking in and the comments, They are appreciated.  Russ

PVC! what a great looking

PVC! what a great looking model, I would think that they will do more than just fine from the looks of them, great job.

Rob in Texas

Rob in Texas

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Everyone is welcome to visit our club site, let me know what you think.

I model that line

Nice modeling job! Keep us informed on your progress. What industries are you serving?

Summer of 1940

Industries during this time period were at the opposite ends of the line.  The Chama to Antonito 66 mile stretch was just a way point along the 800 miles of narrow gauge.  So mostly stock cars, gondolas for sugar beets, some tank cars (Gramps Oil) and some ore, some lumber from the mill in Chama, an east and west bound passenger train, the San Juan (4 or 5 cars max).  We've taken a great deal or artistic license and added in the Dalton spur (gone in the 20's) and a spur and siding at Cresco and spur at Osier.  There is just the two of us we aren't planning anything to elaborate, just fun stuff.  Chama yard will be a switching challenge, and so will be the roundhouse hostler.  The east bound freights were split up and taken up piece meal to Cumbres where the helpers would be cutoff and sent back down grade to Chama to pick up the next section.  On the third trip up they would still cutoff helpers but gather up all the cars for the trip into Antonito.  The oil cars were loaded at Chama for the refinery located just past Antonito in Alamosa.  The hidden storage yard we are calling Durango and the workbench yard we are calling Silverton.  This gives us a reason for the through freights without having to model anything.  Thanks for asking.

The water tanks were a fun project and I wrote up a little tutorial on the process, its available on our website but here is a link if you are interested.  the tutorial  the website

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Very nice workmanship! Your club has really gotten the flavor of the area and time period.

Keep up the good work, and post more pictures.


Re: Summer of 1940

Thank you for the information. I agree with "Nice". Keep us informed of your progress and post more pictures! I appreciate the super effort. Thank you for the link to the tutorial.


Your club has really gotten the flavor of the area

No club, just my buddy and I.  The layout is in the loft of his wonderful shop.  We are co-owners / developers, etc,.  I also have a shop and that is where the majority of the woodwork was cutout and then taken to the layout for assembly.  My shop is a digital wood shop.  I have a 48x96 cnc router, 3d printer, laser cutter and the rest of the regular wood working tools.

This shows the pieces as they were cut from 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood.

The buildings are mostly sintra plastic which is a pvc product.  Glues up are great, just grab that pvc glue can from the hardware store and let er' rip!  Seriously, great stuff to work with.  The smaller buildings are all 3mm or 1/8th walls with the larger ones being 6mm.  The sheets come in 48x96 size so lots of buildings out of one sheet.

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