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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:42:21 ADT.)

On2 SCALE: Gilpin Tramway (Plus the Colorado & Southern Ry in On3)

This design is based on the Gilpin Tramway which was a 2-foot narrow gauge railway located in Gilpin County, Colorado that operated from 1887 to 1917 to transport gold ore from the mines above Black Hawk down to the mills.

Here's the full Wikipedia entry: Gilpin Tram

Here's a Map of the Line. (You might have to click on the image again to get the map full size.)

This is quite a different design for me. As you may know, I prefer layouts built around the walls on narrow shelves, and generally stay away from shelves over 30-inches wide. However, I felt to do this design justice I had to go another route. The layout called for wider bench work to accommodate both the scenery and the structures needed to be model. The design is in O-scale so the mills needed in Black Hawk are big, but they are not actual size. I had to reduce most of them to 75% of the original size. You will also see that I didn't named all the gold mines, and instead just went with generic models. However, there is a great deal of information online to make more accurate models. You will also see that I decided to just name the various gulches that the line crossed. Also not that most of the tracks in Black Hawk are dual gauge, but I didn't like the way my design software handles dual gauge tracks, so I just went with all the same track. The 3-foot track for the C&S starts at the Hidden Treasure Mill.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Type: Based on Actual Location(s), Theme: Industrial Railway, Layout Size: Large Layouts, Theme: Narrow Gauge Railway, USA (States): Colorado, American Railways: Gilpin Tramway


User Comments:

Posted by David Hoyt on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 11:43:30 PM.

What a great website! Thanks for sharing this design. I’ve been trying to figure out how to gain elevation and get a lot of mainline in and really like how you used the double-backs to do both. I hadn’t seen anyone else do this and it likely solves my problem.


Posted by Rob Chant on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 6:42:21 AM.

Hi David ... so glad you found the website useful and a solution in this track plan ... this was a very interesting design to complete. Take care, Rob.


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