The Denver and Rio Grande Western
Denver and Rio Grande Western is a 13x22 HOn3 foot layout representing
the prototype D&RGW and Rio Grande Southern railroads ca. 1948.
Scenery is 100% "complete", with details to be added as time goes on.
The layout features handlaid track using Code 55 rail on wood ties,
although flex track is used in the hidden portions of the two helixes.
The layout is controlled by a North Coast Engineering DCC system, with
Soundtraxx Tsunami decoders in most locomotives. All turnouts are
controlled by the DCC system, leaving the fascia uncluttered.
Environmental sounds are also featured. A focal point of the layout is
the large roundhouse in Durango, an award-winning structure featured in
the Nov./Dec. 1996 Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette. An operating,
fully indexed turntable is also included, as well as the Durango Depot,
built from a Model Masterpieces kit. The Durango Car Shop is also
present, and was built board-by-board. The layout is operated using
timetable/train orders, with car cards and waybills.