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D&RGW in San Luis Valley

by Roland Levin, Stockholm Sweden

This is my plans to model the railroad in the San Luis Valley. It will be a two level HO-layout with a helix. I'm going to use Ship-It to generate the traffic.

The PUAMM will leave the staging yard representing Pueblo and arrive in Alamosa yard. Where the train is split up into three parts. One local for Antonito, one local for South Fork and one part for local switching in Alamosa. During some sessions will the La Veta turn head back to Walsenburg (staging) with cars that have been left in Alamosa from the day before. When the locals arrive back in Alamosa the AMPUM will begin the trip back to Pueblo.

My two narrow gauge steamers takes care of the narrow gauge trains to and from Chama (staging). Sometimes they will bring standard gauge cars to Antonito with the help of dual gauge coppler cars.

Lower level
The lower level of the layout will be a compressed model of Alamosa with the roundhouse, the wye, transfer yard and most of the industries in the town. To the left of the roundhouse is the oil transfer tracks where oil was transferred from narrow gauge cars to standard gauge tank cars.

The staging yard in the middle of the room represents both locations west of Alamosa; La Veta,Walsenburg and Pueblo and locatipns east/south of Alamosa; La Jara, Bountiful, Antonito and Chama. In the right part of the drawing is the helix up to the upper level.

Red track is dual gauge, black track is standard gauge.
Upper level

The upper level represents the branch to South Fork with models of the scrap yard and grain bins in Zinser, the wye in Sugar Junction, the yard and industries in Monte Vista and the yard and lumber mill in South Fork. From Sugar Junction will the San Luis Central RR take of to Center with grain bins and bins and warehouses. South Fork is to the left of the backdrop on the peninsula above the staging yard and Center is on the right side of the backdrop

I have taken some photos showing the status of the layout. The earliest photos are taken with an old digital camera and the resolution isn't the best but they will give some impression of the layout in its early stages.

New plans to extend the layout
I have plans to extend the layout. I made some preliminary drawings for the extension. You can view them on this page.

Photo collection over different Rio Grande freight car models.
Photos of the different types of Denver & Rio Grands freight car models i have on my layout. You can view them on this page.

The track plans where originally made in the demo version of XTrkCad. The program is now avaliable for free. I have transferred the track plans in to Corel Draw and added color and some other features to make them easier to follow.

Updated 2018-02-11