The Diamond Springs & Western Railroad Company
is a narrow gauge line leaving from the fictional town of Diamond Springs, Colorado and
terminating in Silverdale, the station actually modeled. At Diamond Springs cars are
interchanged with the D&RGW, so I can run cars lettered for the Rio Grande.
The era of the layout is set to the late 20's, when
for some reason a second live for the road began and the towns and the railroad prospered
again. Therefore most of the rolling stock and the buildings are well maintained. Also
some modern equipment like a gas electric engine appears. The road's own rolling stock was
mostly bought second hand from other lines and re-lettered for the DS&W.
|Size:||2.5m x 0.6m|
( 8'2" x 2' )
|Turnouts:||#4 and #5|
designing the layout, the following objectives had to be met:
- Due to space and time restrictions only a HOn3 switching layout was feasible.
- As I like scratch-building or kit-bashing structures, enough space for the town and some mines was
- In case I find more time in the future, a connection to the outside world
should be possible. This connection would also be used for a fiddle yard.
- At least one run-around track was needed to allow for prototypical switching moves.
Finally, I settled for the trackplan shown above. I planned
to add a small fiddleyard to the right, so trains have the chance to leave the layout.
When starting the layout, I used Shinohara track
exclusively. The first turnouts I laid are No. 4's. Later I decided to start
scratch-building the new trackage from code 55 rail. I do nail all my scratch-built track
in place. The turnouts are built in place following ideas from an article by Tony Koester
in the December 89 issue of Model Railroader. The turnout at the left front, leading to
the Oil/Coal Dealer is a
- the only one on the layout.
In retrospective, two things could be improved on the layout:
- The passing siding on the right back ( at the Mining
Supply Store ) has no use on the enlarged version of the layout. By removing it, the whole
trackage there could be reworked as a switchback, leading to 'the mines above'.
- To speed up construction, all trackwork is level. Giving the whole thing a few grades
would have made the scenery a bit more interesting.
Then, due to an upcoming move to a place with less
room for modeling, the half finished layout had to be torn down. So all that is left
from this layout are some structures and