A Photo Story of Tom‘s Narrow Gauge C&S RR


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A Photo Story of my HOn3 Colorado & Southern (and the Skull Valley, Salida & La Veta Pass RR in HO)

The main focus of last year was to bring all my HOn3 DC Engines to work, a Shay and 2 brass imports. That included improved, better electrical pickup, solving mecanical problems and build in sound/DCC. (My consolidation #41 from Blackstone is out of question, the best running engine imaginable!)

The first one was Shay #6. This was my first HOn3 engine, and during building the layout, she hit the floor (when the plaster shell was non-existing). She was left behind in a drawer for about 12 years, unusable and far beyond of any repairs. The only activity in those 12 years was buying spare parts for her (as they are now no longer available by Roundhouse). I exchanded everything, new drivers, worms on new axles, a new motor and new gears, added DCC with sound etc. The result: a beautiful, very slow creeping, but excellently running Shay, serving the 5% incline down to the pirate harbor lakeside area.
Then the 2 moguls where next, #4 and #21. The first one runs very well now, the second is still in the working, but there is great progress.

And by the way: All the cars except 2 are kits or kitbashed, It‘s just more fun to do your own homework than buying ready-to-run models.
For my newest photo shooting I first added more details in the front of the layout. It still lacks water, more human beeings and other details like telegraph or power lines.
Notheless, have fun and enjoy my layout. Isn‘t it looking great!

This is how life was 1940 in a rundown after-depression world!

Rocky Mountains, Mines and Bridges: The highest, mountainous part of the layout. To gain height I had to have a helix which I did not hide.


Railroad Facilities District


The bustling City of Skull Valley




3 different worlds: Bottom - Pirate Harbor area / Middle - Entering La Veta Pass Siding / Top - Great Divide


King Mine: The End of the C & S High Line


Eastbound #46 entering Skull Valley from Elkwood


Water tower at Great Divide


Entering the C&S narrow gauge HIGH LINE


Rumbling thru Downtown Skull Valley




A Glimpse of Giant Devil«s Canyon












☛ The show must go on! ☚


The Devil‘s Canyon Coal Tipple


Crucial Tools for any Railroad


After years of heavy use, #1 was able to retire and enjoys now the quieter part of her life.


#1 has seen better days


Departing from High Mesa Station, #41 on it‘s way up the HIGH LINE to Great Divide






A lady of the night in the upper Red Light District


Soon La Veta Pass is in sight














Great Divide




































Skull Valley at Night


More Nightlife


Sins of the Night




Some details


The cemetery of High Mesa


How the Coaling Tower is powered



Photos 2017
Photos 2016
Photos 2015
Photos 2013
Photos 2012
Photos 2011
Photos 2010
Ancient Photos