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Thread: Gorre & Daphetid Extension - The Devil's Gulch & Helengon

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    Lightbulb Gorre & Daphetid Extension - The Devil's Gulch & Helengon

    I'm hard at work extending my Gorre & Daphetid layout. This represents the second phase of the layout John Allen built before moving to the bigger house and starting the final basement layout.


    I've simplified the trackplan a little for easier solo operation, removing extra connections, but followed the main track as closely as the program would let me.


    The line, of course, starts near Helengon (Where did Helen go?) at the Andrews Logging Company. Alistair picks up a load of logs for the sawmill in Gorre.


    Then he rolls down the hill through Helengon.

    I've finished the main texturing and I'm starting to build around Austin. I haven't started placing trees around the new sections, but I expect to finish and upload in a week or two.

    Claude

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    Okay, I'm back from work. Time for a few more pics before I visit Surveyer again.


    The famous Devil's Gulch,with Mount Alexander in the background. Fortunately Mr. Allen didn't stop here when he built the prototype. It continues on to the main layout.


    Passing the turnout for Sowbelly and Mouse Belly. From here it enters a tunnel and drops down toward Grabert and Squaw Bottom.

    Well, I'd better get to work if I want to finish this. Plenty left to do, you know.

    Claude

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    Lookin' great Claude!!

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    Thanks. I'm having fun with these earlier stages in the famous layout.
    I have the trees in (no new pictures yet) and it looks better now. Test runs go well, although I'm trying to clean up one or two rough spots in the track.

    Claude

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    Is this an 04 or 06 layout?

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    It's 04. I dialed down 06 to where I can run it, but I'm not comfortable with building anything yet.

    Claude

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    I don't blame you, '06 surveyor is hard to work with, hard to find stuff, hard to texture, if you have worked in '04 for any length of time.
    Great pics

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    me like, me want

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokkyu40 View Post
    It's 04. I dialed down 06 to where I can run it, but I'm not comfortable with building anything yet.

    Claude
    Cool. I prefer 04 myself. Steam runs better in it anyway.

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    Default More pics!

    Since this is the screenshot forum, we should have screenshots. So here's a few new ones.


    The local passenger train leaves Mouse Belly. (I did NOT make this name up) Mouse Belly is the northern terminus of the DG&H.


    From there, the train goes to Sow Belly. After this, it picks up passengers in Helengon, then drops the train in the yard to turn the engine and recouple to the other end for the trip down the hill.


    Halfway down, the tunnel is broken by a river canyon where the train crosses a short bridge before re-entering the tunnel.
    Some helpful soul was kind enough to leave a gondola for us in the upper tunnel.

    And more to come...

    Claude

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    I forget, where was the G&D supposed to be located? And did it have an interchange to anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StorkNest View Post
    I forget, where was the G&D supposed to be located? And did it have an interchange to anyone?
    I think it was supposed to be somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. It was a connecting railroad that interchanged with the Southern Pacific at Daphetid and at Great Divide, with a passenger stop at Cross Junction I believe.
    Mr. Allen did a rough sketch of how the hypothetical prototype would fit into the landscape in August, 1955. It would also make an interesting layout, if somewhat large. If you used a minimum curve radius of 200 yards, it would still come out to about 50 baseboards.

    Now for some pics.


    Remember that gondola? Well, we'll just leave it at Squaw Bottom.
    I'm not entirely happy with this town. I made it distinctive, but it's still missing something...


    Approaching Grabert Station. Grabert is an industrial town with freight connections on the river.

    Wasn't there supposed to be a mine in Sow Belly? Ah, yes, here we are...

    The big mike is just now leaving Helengon Yard on the way to the mine.


    The mine used to have a separate track where an engine could top off it's coal, but it's been years since it's been used, and the points have been long pulled up and re-used.

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    From the mine, the train backs across the trestle to the connection to the lower line...


    and down those tunnels again. (I boosted the contrast to make the tunnel darker. Looks pretty cool, doesn't it?)


    Here the coal drag crosses the river on the way into Grabert, passing under the mainline...


    and on to the Grabert Coal Company dock.

    Next time we'll visit the standard gauge mainline.

    Claude
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    WOW! That's some awesome work Claude! Beautiful scenes you've created there. Keep it up!

    Regards,
    Todd

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    OMG i want this soooooo badly!!!!!

    did you add any Coaling and Water towers?

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