Consolidated Republic Mining Railroad
Welcome to 1935. You're an engineer on my 1:32 scale narrow gauge mining railroad! The railroad's sole function is to move ore and supplies between the mines and the mills. Sounds easy but, with trains limited to 4 or 5 cars due to steep grades, sharp curves and a single track mainline, you are in for a difficult work day that is sure to entertain and challenge even the most experienced operator. I'll even pay you at the end of the shift (4 hours); company script redeemable at the company store.
All structures, locomotives, and rolling stock are either scratchbuilt or heavily kitbashed and the layout is 99% sceniced. All of the unique geared steam locomotives are sound equipped. Background sounds include the mines and mills, water fill sequences, wheel and brake squeal, ore dump, rattle snakes and more.
Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette seven times: May/June 2000, Jan/Feb 2003, May/June 2010, March/April 2011, May/June 2012 (machine shop), May/June & July/August 2013 (2-part article on preparing your layout for guests). Also in the Dec. 2008 Railroad Model Craftsman and Sep. 2014 Trackside Model Railroading.
A. Scale: 1/32 narrow gauge. Large scale, indoor railroad using small tramway equipment, think Gilpin Tram in Colorado.
B. DC or DCC: Digitrax DCC wireless
C. Dispatching/control method: flags/lights control 3 sections of single track main line emanating from central yard - Millburg. Flags and lights at Millburg set by dispatcher. Trains call dispatch via phone for clearance to use main to return to yard. Face to face cooperation between engineers on remainder - no radios in 1935
D. Car control: switch lists for freight cars, individual mine slips for ore cars
E. Mainline: 60' single track connects Division, North Ellensburg and Olson Pit with central yard at Millburg
F. Room size: 14' X 22'
G. Percent sceniced: 99%
H. Handicap accessibility: not appropriate for wheelchair due to height of layout
I. Maximum number of guest operators: 4
Photos are copyright Paul Scoles, used with permission: