OWNER: Chic Hartert
LAYOUT TYPE: Scale Narrow Gauge around the wall
RAIL CODE: 70
POWERED BY: DC DCC
The original Rio Grande railroad system embraced a 1670-mile network of narrow-gauge trackage in 1888. Today only 45 miles of narrow gauge remain from the original line is now called the Silverton Branch or Silverton Line. The dual gauge track-work comprised of three rails to handle both gauges is now gone and standard rail has taken its place where the railroad is still active.
Chic has successfully portrayed the D&RGW narrow gauge system and scenery including the operations of the Galloping Goose rail bus as well as Shay locomotives that the prototype RGW had inherited from the Copper Belt lines when the D&RGW consolidated with the RGW in 1921.
Photos by C&P Porter
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