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out is set up to eventually accommodate carrier control. Carrier control is planned for the future, but because some club members may not have compatible equipment, the layout will also continue with block control.

There is a lot of what some modelers term safety scenery basic scenery in the contours it will take when completed that is an earthy color but not yet finished. Its a good technique to keep things off the floor, especially when thats as much as 11' away! We build slowly, The shortline (CS&CCD) emerges from Tunnel 3 right onto a said club member trestle at Silver Cascades in North Cheyenne Canyon. This area, Rich Brunnworth. Our method is to use on Level 2, is typical of Levels 2 & 3 in that it is only 14 deep. Terri brand towels dipped in Keenes cement with a dry pigplace with whatever frog angle is required. ment mixed in. Thats draped over wet They estimate there are between 230-250 newspapers in sort of a hard shell, but its turnouts now in place on the layout. All are not Hydrocal. Its cheaper and has a very powered except for a few where it is convelong setup time, about 24 hours, but has the nient for the operator to throw them by strength of Hydrocal when dry. hand. The trick is you have to keep it wet long DCC control has been considered, but enough for it to set and wet newspapers currently the six mainline cabs are all staunderneath handle this. If they were dry tionary. Yard controls are separate and the they would suck all the moisture out and the layout is divided into 65 electrical blocks Keenes Cement would have no strength at connected by miles and miles of wire all. Brunnworth points out the toweling from 12 to 22 gauge. Most of the long assists in the rock sculpture. The nylon feeder runs to blocks are 12 gauge. The lay-

thread in it provides a good deal of the sculpture when it dries and the threads come up and youve got pre-sculptured rock. The club has used some Hydrocal where a large mountainside might not hold until dry, but the Keenes cement goes on top. The Keenes is especially useful when a scenery applier is up on a scaffold and more time is needed to work it than would be available from Hydrocal. Plaster of Paris is often used as a finish coat since it is soft enough to carve. The focal point for the modeling is 1900, but theres a give and take of 1895 to 1917. The club has several copies of the Colorado Midland Series 300 locomotive (2-8-0) that the prototype purchased in 1907. The Golden Cycle Mill in Colorado City is modeled as it existed after a fire in 1917 and the prototype of at least one of the buildings that are on the layout burned down in 1895, so it doesnt fit one particular year. Structures have to be historically accurate for the era and prototype. They are both kitbashed and scratchbuilt. The Colorado City Midland roundhouse, built by club member Mel McFarland, preceded the kit, which came on the market in the late 1970s. Club President Tom County built the Elkton Mine twice. The first time he constructed it full HO size as a cardboard mock-up; it was wedged in-between the layout and the ceiling but was essentially too big! Rebuilding it smaller solved the problem of its fit. Many of the buildings are downscaled, that is built smaller than scale. The Golden Cycle Mill has about 6' of space, but should have 30 ' . It is really built in N scale but with doors big enough for HO cars and people to enter where prototypically necessary. Midland fans will easily recognize Colorado City with its distinctive roundhouse, administration building, machine shop and water tank. No attempt is made to model mile by mile, rather the club has chosen to model distinctive scenes including the Devils Slide area and Cathedral Park on the CS&CCD, and short stretches of Phantom Canyon with historically recognizable bridges. The landmark Englemann Trestle, once found at Manitou Springs, is also in the works. Backdrops, painted by Lyn Eno, wife of one of the members, also try to depict specific prototype areas. The club has taken some license in its approach to modeling the mining district. The prototype mining district was a sevenmile diameter circle with a big hill in the middle. If it were modeled like that, everything would be sloping away from the viewer. The club essentially took that circle and came in from the north with a scenic saber saw and cut from the northern border about two-thirds of the way through the hill and unwrapped it. That unwrapping was then wrapped around the viewing area in the middle so the high point is all around the wall and the scenery slopes down to the viewer.


Colorado Midland 4-6-0 No. 11 eases off the turntable and into the roundhouse at Colorado City. The structure was scratchbuilt by club member Mel McFarland. Mel cast his own walls for the structure, which predates a kit which came on the market in the late 1970s.


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