“Al, greetings from Dean in New Mexico,
A couple of weeks ago I sent in a blurb on the planning process for my next small N scale railroad.
After I saw it published, I realized I had only done half of the planning process.
Things I didn’t include: the towns and industries the railroad served, where it was located, and even its name.
So here are those details I have decided on.
My railroad is placed on a real river valley in southern Colorado, the Conejos (rabbit) River.
It connects with a still-active spur line of the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad that runs between Alamosa and Antonito.
Note that the very popular narrow gauge tourist railroad, the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, also starts at Antonito.
My fictional Conejos Valley Railroad runs from Conejos, through Fox Creek, to Platoro and serves the town of Romeo.
All these towns exist and (except for Romeo) are situated on the Conejos River.
My video includes more information on the history of the D&RG RR, its relationship to the Conejos River RR, and the influence of the Spanish migration from Mexico to the Southwest of the US.
Here’s what’s real: Platoro once had several thriving mines, but they shut down before 1900, and Platoro is now mostly a ghost town with no mining. Conejos, Colorado is only a few houses, and Fox Creek is a small tourist town serving campers who visit this area.
Here’s a map of the real towns along the D&RG RR between Alamosa and Antonito.
On my imaginary railroad, Platoro is still a very active mining town and the towns of Conejos and Fox Creek are enlarged. I moved Romeo and turned it into a lumber center. Below is my track plan, reproduced from my earlier article. The siding at the lower right is the interchange to the D&RGW which can be used as a fiddle track to add and remove cars.
Below is a 3D view of the plan which shows the elevation changes of the outer loop. (Rendered with the Atlas Track Planning software.)
It’s important to include realistic buildings and industries in your mythical railroad, so here are photos of existing buildings that I will add to my railroad (taken with Google Earth).
That’s it for now. Cheers!
A big thanks to Dean.
When it comes to your layout, a little planning can go a long way.
But in the same light, I know some of you wing it all the way, and still end up with a fabulous layout.
Just me, but I think as long as you have a theme, your layout will turn out well.
Now on to Tom, who has made that all important start:
“I just started this layout in January this year. It’s on two 4×8 sheets off plywood and foam.
I always get mails asking why I post ‘half built’ layout. It’s because I like seeing them come to life, and also, making a start is the most important part…
A big thanks to Tom and Dean.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.