More railroad pics and tips

“OK Al,

Here are a few pictures of ‘Locomotion’ Museum, Shildon in Durham England. The museum last fall received delivery of two preserved A4 locoes which had been in North America. Dwite D, Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada (which was in a bit of a state on arrival) I have included a photo that I took of both locos when they arrived in October last year. Then a picture of DOC part renovated and lastly as she is now which shows her in Garter blue as she was before the 2nd world war.

“Glory Hole (Patch Mine) History… A compilation of Information of Mines within a mile of my home in Central City, CO.

This is just a bunch of pictures and info I use to build my N scale 5’ X 6.5’ replica of Colorado Central Rail Road that ran to the mines from 1878 to 1947. I’m a scenery junkie so that is my focus.

If you’re modeling the Rocky Mountains maybe you can get some ideas.

The Glory Hole Mine today:


SAME MINE, CART USED TO DUMP TAILINGS….BY HAND (see my roof under the end of rail?)

Hope you get some useful info from this conglomeration of stuff.

Denny “Yoda” Lauritsen”

Denny also included some wonderful facts and history about the mine – I found it fascinating. I’ll post them if enough of you shout…

Now, two things before you go:

1) The latest ebay cheat sheet is here. See if you can spot what I’ve added.

2) The boy’s back from college, cap in hand. So guess what? He’s having a ‘fire sale’. He’s put a bundle deal together on all of his print out scenery (but only until Monday he tells me). Have a look, it’s here.

That’s all folks. Keep ’em coming.



28 Responses to More railroad pics and tips

  1. Denny,
    We just spent a week at the KOA in Central City! Wish I had known you were there. Would have loved to have seen your layout. Great job. How about some more pics?

  2. What lovely photos, although being a Great Western fan I love anything to do with steam, narrow gauge and mining etc. We visited a lovely railway in China 50 miles from my wifes home town in Yaan. Spent the whole day sharing the carrages with pigs, bits of furniture and an incredible ammount of dust from the local coal which is the real reason for the railway, probably the last non preserved steam railway in the world unless you know of another?
    Even my cousin who also has a Chinese wife went on it during a holiday.

    I once worked and lived in Exeter, but they moved the campus to Plymouth and everything went downhill. EX of EX2 Broadfields.

  3. Nice sets of pictures all round , both the A`4`Dwite D progress, and the idea`s for a Rocky Mine ing Scene ..

  4. Greater pictures!!!

    God Bless

  5. Denny,

    I loved the pics and the layout. I live in Connecticut but I’ve been to Central City many times. Hope you can work “The Face on the Bar Room Floor” into your layout

  6. Great to see the two a4s back in good shape but I think they should have removed the bell from doc as it did not have one in ENGLAND.
    Keep up the good work.

  7. Very nice pictures. Just post Dennis background on the mines. It could be interesting to read about the history of the mines.

  8. I liked the pictures of the A4s. I saw the Dwight D. Eisenhower in a railway museum in Wisconsin a couple years ago and was a bit let down by it’s condition. From the pictures I’ve seen since at the National Railway Museum, they did a nice job with a new paint job. Any one know if they worked on the running gear or boiler?

    The mine photos are great. I live in Colorado, so can relate, although I model British Rail.

  9. What great photos of these A4 .As a train spotter in the 6o” I used togo to Peterbrough station to see these A4 s on their way to London Kings Cross, good memories,thanks Peter norfolk UK.

  10. Thanks guys for the interest!
    Hey Jim I can see the KOA from my place, you drove by it up the old Virginia Rd. the shaft mine in the photos is the one you saw on the right side of the road on your way up the hill. Nice view from up the huh?
    I’m going to forward an updated “History” page with more photos to Al so you may see them ( it’s getting awfully long)

    I enjoyed the A4’s too!

  11. Great to see the A4’s pictures on the page. Answer to Ernie; DOC did not have the bell when it arrived from Canada, it had a double chimney which was removed and replaced by a single chimney to make space for the bell to be fitted for it’s return back to Canada.
    In reply to Rob; Sadly the boiler was not worked upon as the renovation at Shildon museum was mainly cosmetic. The running gear did however get quite a lot of work done on it . I doubt if it would ever be in steam again.

  12. Hi there. Not to be too picky, but President Eisenhower’s first name is spelled, “Dwight”.

  13. Both set of pictures are just GREAT. Both RR modeler and the Crew at the Restoration Shop are doing a wonderful jobs.

  14. Loved the A4 photos

  15. The photies and all the comments are great and really inspirational to a novice like myself. Keep them coming.

  16. consider this a shout for more details about the mine!


  18. all the photos just great keep them coming.a lot of good ideas

  19. I love to see restoration of old steam locomotives, tractors, engines, cars etc.
    They deserve to be kept up so our grandchildren’s grandchildren can enjoy seeing them also.
    Love the mining pictures. I was raised in Idaho and saw many “ghost” mining towns. I really miss feeling and looking for history there.
    Enjoy all as much as you can.

  20. Thankyou for the arrival A4 pics, I shall add these to my memorabilia. It is so heartwarming to read such praise and admiration for the restoration and general effort that went into “doing up” the 6 globally surviving Gresleys last year.
    As the show was the last one that will occur in my (remaining) lifetime it became a default event for all rail-buffs from full-scale to Z gauge.
    I was really gratified to see visitors from all over the world to both NRMs York and Shildon. Particularly the Chinese and Japanese multi-generation families admiring,discussing and photographing arguably the best of British steam loco history. An education their kids will always remember I’d reckon!
    John B
    Sussex, UK

  21. Saw the pitch for 21 building for $3 each – but there’s no link to them! Where do I go?

  22. Wonderful photos is so correct! It is great some believe in preserving our past!

  23. Nice photos

  24. first off i love the pictures of the old mining sites/just wish there was more/as i cant get out to travel on oxygen 24/7 and getting weeker by the minutes

  25. More mine pictures.Awesome views

  26. Al, More mine pics and history from Yoda!

  27. Questions re: A4’s-Regarding the bell on the DOC is she being returned to Canada? If so why no headlight? Also why do British locos appear to lack headlights? Can anyone address my ignorance on the subject? Regardless a beautiful restoration of a worthy machine!

  28. Denny Loved the pics of the old mine, I traveled to Colorado back in 1994. we were in Silverton Co. at this time. I loved touring the mountain range and seeing the old ghost towns and abandoned mines there. the one I remember was on engineer pass there were others as well but this one sticks out to me

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