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    Mine doesn't have a shadow but does have the short trestle section on the Durango end. Its hard to see when riding the train. I didn't realize it was there until I got some pics of the bridge from the side.

    I can make the bridge/dam (or whatever it is, lol) in Silverton for you guys.

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    Well I never thought of doing it in the 50s/60s, but that is a good suggestion, would mean more traffic. I am running TS2010, build 49933, I haven't tried in compatibility mode yet, but I would like to get stuff updated to run in 2010 in normal mode. I have some of Prowler's stuff working, but not all of it.

    Ben, I did find your bridge, and I will be using it, very nicely done! If you feel like tackling some of the other structures, then I would love to use them. You do very good work!

    Looks like we are getting a good group together, will be needing to get organized with you guys and start a build thread very soon.

    Chris

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    You'll find this site useful. Most of the structures are from the RGS but most are in the D&RGW style.

    http://colorado71.webs.com/

    William

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    All it takes is photos and basic dimensions.

    For the bridge just outside Durango, pics from the side, pics of then ends, piers, and basic dimensions such as overall length, length of the individual spans, height above the water (not much as I remember), etc.

    Same for the bridge/dam (whatever) in Silverton.

    Ben
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    Yes - I saw them and it looks like the shorter pair of trestle bents is hanging in the air (unless my 69 year old eyes are decieving me, lol).

    Ben
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    I have since turned the bridge around to the correct orientation and elevated the ground beneath the shorter trestle. The bridge in Durango, the one going west to the smelter, is made by Dave Snow. It is nearly a perfect match to the bridge I saw in photos but the track is for SG. Any chance you and Dave could get together and fix it up? I'll get you the KUID if you're game.

    Randy

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    Well, since it seems the Durango line is under construction by Sek, do you guys want to continue, or do we switch to another route? Cumbres Route maybe?

    Chris

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    Hi Sek:

    It would be far better for Dave Snow to modify it since he has the original Gmax or Blender mesh. Nothing I can do without it. One possibility tho is if he made his own ties and used rail only track, change the kuid for the attached track to one of 3 ft ga rail only track. The only down side of this is the stringers would no longer be exactly under the rails (where they shoud be).

    Hi UP9018:

    I've already made the big bridge on the Cumbres & Toltec so theres a place to start. Cascade Trestle kuid2:210518:1368:1. Its in TRS2004 format but should go into newer versions with little to no trouble.

    Ben
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    Ben, don't forget your Laboto trestles! Both the walk way and non-walk way versions!

    I would like to see the Cumbres Pass line done too. Now, to find some GRAMPS cars to run on that line then...
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    Well OK, that sounds like the way to go....Ben, I will hunt down those trestles. I have your roundhouse already, going to use the 1950s version. Taylor, you still in for a Chama Line route?

    Thanks,
    Chris

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    I have a Gramps tankcar about done but the big Gramps logo has me stumped. I tried using the Gmax text function as a plane then bending it around the car but it doesn't bend uniformly (looks terrible) plus the "S" on the end is weird. I've been thinking of uploading it without lettering in hopes some kind re-skiinning soul would take pity on it and add the proper lettering. I have HOm3 modelss of it, and both the framed and frameless UTLX cars to use as models.

    Ya know a route based on the line thru the Black Canyon of the Gunnison including the hanging bridge and Curecanti Needle might be interesting.

    Ben
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    Hmmm Ben, maybe just letter them with the UTLX and call them done. I forgot that you were working on them. Its been about year right?

    The Black Canyon line would be awesome! Even Marshal Pass too!. Now what we really need to to get the 30 miles North of Antonito heading to Alamosa, then (try to) get the line between Chama and Durango, then Durango to Farmington. If those were to happen, I will never leave my desk again....
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    Well, ultimately I would like to build the entire line also. Are any of you able to make a DEM of it? That would be the ultimate in narrow gauge routes I believe, and we could put together a great group of guys to build it.

    Ben, can't wait to see your Gramps cars!

    Chris

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    Yup - the ultimate in procrastination. I guess have to get off my duff and get back to work on them, lol. From a practical standpoint the gramps car and the two UTLX cars all quite similar. Only some of the details change except the obvious lack of a frame on one. Finish one and the rest go quickly. Letter them as effects so folks could strip the lettering by deleting that section of the config files mesh table then re-skin away. The attachment points would still be there if they change thier minds and want to put it back or re-letter it to something else.

    Working on a big passenger station at the moment. Perhaps I'll take a peek at one when its done.

    Ben
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