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The M - K & Eastern RR

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The M - K & Eastern RR
Posted by Graffen on Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:19 AM
Hi all. I'm currently renovating a room for my layout.
It's 22' x 16' and will have coved corners.
My layout will be a freelancer Colorado narrow gauge in HOn3.
I've drawn the track plans for it, and I can't wait to start building it.
To prepare, I've been doing some city planning for  one of the towns, called Twin Peaks (work name, yet to be decided)
Main Street, the town will be 8' long.
The station will be regauged to HOn3.
 
 
 
The street will go upwards in the back and turn into suburbs.

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Posted by Graffen on Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:38 PM

The track plan for my new model railroad.

6.5 x 4.5 meters in size.

 

 

This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:

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Posted by fender777 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:42 PM
Nice buildings their. I like it.
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Posted by Graffen on Friday, May 19, 2017 9:18 AM
My goal is to build a 30's Colorado narrow gauge railroad and not let it be a caricature even though it's freelanced (protolanced?). Someone else said it was nice that it features real structures and not something that looks like a Wild west movie set.... My guess is that the bigger prospering towns in Colorado during the pre war years was actually being expanded and renewed? Anyhow, I find it nice to do something a bit different.

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Posted by rrebell on Friday, May 19, 2017 11:49 AM

Pre war years were bad, great depresion still on the forefront.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, May 19, 2017 2:34 PM

Hello all,

Graffen
This is the inspiration for the city on my layout:

The photo looks like Central City in the 1870's to 1880's.

My wife's Great Grandfather was born there. The Great Fire of 1874 destroyed many records including his birth certificate.

He had to petition the state government to prove he was born!

In the link I provided take a look at the census data on the right side of the page. Unfortunately these numbers contradict your perceptions of the polulation growth in Central City and many other mining centers of Colorado.

The town we live in; which was based on hardrock mining- -gold and silver, went from a population of 297 in 1900 to 127 only 20-years later in 1920, according the U.S. census data.

Today, Central City has survived by adopting limited-stakes gambling. The downtown area has retained it's original look with the casinos taking over the abandoned store fronts. 

A photograph taken today of Central City would look almost identical to ones taken in the late 1800's and very much like the town you are modeling.

Keep up the great work and keep posting photos of your progress!

Hope this helps.

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Posted by Graffen on Friday, May 19, 2017 5:49 PM
Well, I guess they built the city to look that way in the turn of the last century? Then it should look right the way I imagined it. Even though they had some decrease in population... Which is a good thing. Then I can make some delapidated buildings and still be somewhat realistic.

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Posted by jjdamnit on Friday, May 19, 2017 7:09 PM

Hello all,

Central City is one example of how the architecture outlasted the population, unlike other boom to bust towns in the gold country of Colorado, which I believe is what you are modeling.

My wife and I visit Central City frequently. There are few if any dilapidated buildings within the city center. 

The placement of your structures evoke the feeling of walking down these streets today.

In a freelance pike there are no constraints. The purpose of my feedback was to give a first-hand perspective of some of your premises, not to constrain you to historical accuracy.

Visiting areas like this, along with other locations in Colorado, are amazing and provide great modeling inspirations.

Keep up the great work!

Hope this helps.

 

 

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