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Everett & Monte Cristo

The Everett & Monte Cristo Ry in my basement is a prototype of a shortline constructed in 1893 from the City of Everett to 55 miles east to Monte Cristo for the purpose of removing gold from the Cascade Mountains. This shortline was underwritten by John D. Rockefeller. It was standard gauge that connected to the Northern Pacific in Hartford, WA. The line also provided a route to transport the large trees in the Cascade Mountains for the construction of buildings and structures along the west coast. Most of the buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt or extensively kitbashed - from the 10-hammer stamp mill in Monte Cristo to the smelter in Everett.

Published sources:
This layout was first introduced in the March/April 2002 issue of the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette and featured in the June 2004 issue of the Railroad Model Craftsman.

Basic information:
A. Scale: HO
B. DC or DCC: Digitrax radio DCC
C. Dispatching/control method: Track Warrant
D. Car control: CC & WB
E. Mainline: 120', 3 sidings and three 'yards'
F. Room size: 28' X 32' L-shaped
G. Percent sceniced: 100%
H. Handicap accessibility: Partial. Low outside steps outside to basement back door.
I. Maximum number of guest operators: 6
J. Minimum number of guest operators: 4?