Reconstructing a portion of the Colorado Midland

<kuid2:477317:20714:1> Colorado Midland Ry - New Castle to Aspen [unedited DEM]

Its a pity i didn't have a DEM of the whole area, the DEM of the whole DSP&P route done many years ago is not easy to use as its very poor resolution , almost impossible to follow and its height ( and scale ) was different , so I could not merge it with the better DEM . Pitkins DEM was much better quality but it cut off before the town of Pitkin and before Mt Princeton, unfortunately when i extended the route I cut out a few thousand feet of areas that were just grassland, they were pretty boring so i didn't bother to add them , the biggest issue with that was the CM line is as a result about 1000 ft shorter near BVista and the first part of the lines are too close together in lower trout creek pass, its not that noticeable, but it makes it harder to reconstruct and also grades on the CM above B Vista are too steep .
I get criticised by some for being anal and wanting things to be accurate to reflect actual size , but here, because I did a couple of shortcuts, its actually caused more problems for me down the track. in the long run, its easier to be accurate . :)

Good Evening Sir Dan,

I tripped over your thread here and saw this, "i didn't have a DEM of the whole area, the DEM of the whole DSP&P"

I did some searching, and I wondered if this Route might be of some help.....?


<kuid2:477317:20714:1> Colorado Midland Ry - New Castle to Aspen [unedited DEM]

Author's Notes:The CM existed between 1883 and 1918 and ran from Colorado Springs to Grand Junction. This map covers the portion between Grand Junction and Aspen, and can be patched together with my other CM maps to create a complete railroad.
The total elevation of this map has been reduced by 1900m to avoid the game's elevation cap.
 
Good Evening Sir Dan,

I tripped over your thread here and saw this, "i didn't have a DEM of the whole area, the DEM of the whole DSP&P"

I did some searching, and I wondered if this Route might be of some help.....?


<kuid2:477317:20714:1> Colorado Midland Ry - New Castle to Aspen [unedited DEM]

Author's Notes:The CM existed between 1883 and 1918 and ran from Colorado Springs to Grand Junction. This map covers the portion between Grand Junction and Aspen, and can be patched together with my other CM maps to create a complete railroad.
The total elevation of this map has been reduced by 1900m to avoid the game's elevation cap.

Yeah I'm aware of those Dems,but none of them go from where I'd like to go to where I'd like to finish !
I would eventually like to make the stretch from Leadville to Basalt, taking in Hagerman pass, 50 miles in all, it would then be nice to merge it with this route, but I'd have to push on to Leadville from Wild horse which is 30 MILES !!!!. i dont have the stamina to create all that by hand for this reason ...
Changing the height is an issue , Pitkin changed the height of the DEM I used , the only problem with that was when I constructed the line to Buena Vista the height is then BELOW sea level, which caused lot of issues when trying to estimate heights as they are minus,so one has to calculate backwards .... all rather confusing really ......:)
 
I was not happy with the rock and cliff splines I used around Wild Horse and Buena Vista, I chose existing yellow rock and spline items as they were convenient , but they really didn't reflect the true nature of the area, so I spent a few days finding textures and making splines and rocks that were closer to the actual thing, some are form the area, others similar. Of course, the actual splines than change the colors once in game , but I think it looks a bit better.
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Approaching Buena Vista Station. double heading in this direction would not have been necessary as the grade from Hill Top was all downhill to Wildhorse.
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There are many deep cuts in this stretch unfortunately , I don't have a spline that will allow me to make them as tight as they are in reality.
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View of the Arskansas River valley , nearing Wild Horse.
This whole section features the rock series creates by the late Malcolm Jenkins ( clam1952) whose generosity in allowing me to reskin them numerous times has enabled me to create scenes like this, RIP Malcolm.
 
I have been working on the Midland Tunnels and section to Trout Creek pass.
I changed all the spline textures and made a heap of new rocks to match and I am now quite pleased with this section, its been changed three times but its finally quite close to what it actually looks like.
Midland tunnels. this section is still pretty much as it was 100 years ago. Four tunnels in less than a mile and you can see through all four of them , there's also a couple of large rocks along the way, Elephant rock and another rock that looks like it could fall on the track.
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the view of the opposite side of the Arkansas River.
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Three of the Midland tunnels. the other is about 400 yards away.
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From here the D&RGW and the CM follow the river to Granite and Leadville.I'm only modeling another mile in that direction and not in great detail, there will be loops for each line so you can AI scheduled trains to run between wild horse and Trout creek pass summit.
 
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Reworking of the textures and spline colors here too.
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Wild Horse was a helper depot , in the final days of the line it was supposed to be a divisionpont, but lacked the facilitie3s needed, if the line hasnt closed no doubt it would have been expanded significantly
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Picking up helper no 35
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Climb up to Buena Vista station.

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there are probably about 30 deep cuts between BV and the summit of Trout creek pass.
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BV station
 
Past Buena Vista

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This section is about 80% complete, still detailing track side and trees on the distant hills.
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McGees cut.
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McGees gulch trestle.
 
The coaches and freight stuff will be , these engines are trainbois creations with number changes and Ben Neal tenders , a mismatch but I cannot fathom how to change trainboi's lettering on the tender, but otherwise they are easy to renumber .I could ask trainboi if there's a possibility of reskinning them for the DLS.
 
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